| Victoria Zurakowski
Check Out The Latest Nail Trends for 2021 With V-Day Outfit Inspiration
From heart tips to bedazzled nails, nail art for 2021 is shaping up to be more amazing than ever. Even in a pandemic and just when you thought nail art couldn’t get any better, 2020 pushed creative boundaries, resulting in nail trends that are more elaborate, flamboyant and eye-catching than ever!
And what’s even better is that some of the latest nail art trends of 2021 are simple but glamorous enough, to do at home. Because if nothing else, 2020 was a good year for perfecting your DIY manicure and nail art skills.
So if you’re looking for some Valentine nail art inspiration as we move closer to February 14th or if you’re interested in keeping up to date with the latest nail art of 2021, we’ve curated some of the most current nail art designs of 2021 along with some of our favourite ensembles to help you bring together a fresh new look.
Not Your Average Ombre
What better time of the year than Valentine’s Day to prettify your nails with hearts, glitter, and various shades of pink and red? Valentine nail art for 2021 ranges from the more obvious love-inspired nail art ideas to ones with a whole lot of edge.
If you’re looking for some simple DIY Valentine’s nails ideas, going ombre is one nail art look you can achieve in the comfort of your own home. Ombre Valentine’s nails aren’t your traditional ombre nail art that consists of two colours that smoothly graduate into each other – instead, it’s all about having a different shade of pink on every nail and moving away from just a single colour palette. This is why we give this V-day nail art trend a big thumbs up.
What to wear: The world’s your oyster when it comes to pairing your Valentine ombre nails with an outfit. Pink nails complement all shades of purple – and this fun DIY nail art trend for 2021 will help you keep your choice of outfit looking young and fresh. Team your nails with a cute cropped sweater or cardigan like this pink Gizela sweater from Love Shack Fancy. And to add a bit of frill into your life, how about adding an ultra-feminine tiered skirt such as this one from Gado Gado? And for that extra touch of glam and femininity, a pearl-embellished pair of sliders from Elina Linardaki is a must.
Asymmetric Red Gel Tips
As far as Valentine’s nail designs go, you can’t beat red. Having only red nails for Valentine’s Day is common and a bit boring. This nail art for 2021 trend proves that red is still a winning colour for gel manicures, but there’s a twist. We adore this romantic and chic take on the traditional French manicure with a red touch.
What to wear: At Sand Dollar Dubai we believe that your 2021 nail art designs deserve a fashionable outfit that fits. Intense red nails look super cute with anything that epitomizes playfulness, like this puff sleeve playsuit in black from Indikah. Opt for a simplistic long necklace that draws the eye to your décolletage and a pair of equally simple braided sandals. To add some dreamy romantic vibes to your look, don’t forget to carry this season’s “it bag” with you – the woven bucket bag, such as this stunning shell adorned one from Le Nine.
Pink & Red Hearts
Hearts have always been and will continue to be the number one symbol for Valentine’s nails and we love how chic the clashing of pink and red looks with these heart-adorned nails. With a steady hand, these would be easy enough to achieve at home, but if you don’t want to mess up your Valentine nail art, you could always opt for small heart-shaped nail transfers instead.
What to wear: Playful and sweet, this Valentine’s nail art is for the spirited fun-loving girls that love to live life. Romantic lacy or ruffled dresses in a plain colour will allow these nails to stand out and do the talking. This Adley dress in white from Love Shack Fancy is perfect. Accessorise with an oversized woven visor and a pair of bright coloured sandals – these Roman wrap Kionas Sandals in bright red are amazing!
Multicolour Heart Glitter
Sticking with the theme of hearts for Valentine’s nail art in 2021, baby pink nails with heart glitter appear to be big. Again, this Valentine’s nail trend is easy to pull off at home – simply take some small, colourful, heart-shaped glitter and strategically place them across the painted nail to achieve an enviable Valentine’s Day nail look in a matter of moments.
What to wear: To add a touch of contrast to your already pink Valentine’s Day nails, we recommend opting for a light shade of green, such as mint or even pistachio (yes, it’s also a colour). This striped green and white honeycomb knit top from Ruth Erotokritou pairs perfectly with a pair of Mom-style cutoffs. Or how about bringing pink and green into one outfit with this boho-inspired dress for the beach-loving girl from Pranella? Keep your footwear simple – you can never go wrong with a pair of metallic Havaianas!
Black is the New Pink
We want to give a big shout out to the girls taking Valentine’s nail art in 2021 to the next level! A great example of this is the Noire Valentine’s Day Heart Nail Design. Throw out the rulebook and let your non-conformist flag fly with these black heart nails.
What to wear: Stars and hearts go together like bread and butter. They’re two shapes that immediately transport us back to our youth, which is why this star-embossed black mini dress from Love Shack Fancy is a winner. If you’ve got a romantic night out planned with evening cocktails, you’ll also need a bit of bling – and when it comes to tasteful bling, no one does it better than Caroline Svedbom – take these Crystal Rock Earrings as a case in point. Wear a pair of killer heels to show off the legs or if you plan to dance the night away with your other half or a group of your single friends, a comfy pair of flats is recommended, such as these slipper-inspired purple pumps from Helleborum.
Other Cool Nail Art for 2021
Obviously, with V-Day drawing in, all eyes are on Valentine’s nails. But Valentine nail art aside, there is also some other cool nail art in 2021 emerging. Worldwide country lockdowns haven’t stopped nail art inspiration from flourishing. If anything, nail art in 2021 is better than it ever has been, and that’s quite the feat!
Negative Space Nails
Black and white is a classic combination when it comes to any kind of fashion, and 2021 nail art designs are no exception. A quick look for 2021 nail art trends on Instagram and you’ll soon find yourself inundated with a lot of black and white (or plain coloured bases) and organic shapes, which, when it comes to DIY nail art at home, are practically fool-proof. Not only this, this basic colour combo marries well with any kind of outfit.
The latest nail trends of 2021 are chic and so are the outfits to match. These Chanel-inspired nails will look gorgeous with a plain coloured midi-style dress or full-length jumpsuit – think like Audrey! There is a clear rise of modesty dressing this season, proving less is not necessarily more. We think that monochrome nails like these will look amazing with a classic-style solid black jumpsuit, like this one from ViX. Take your already demure look to the next level with a Le Nine shell embellished sun hat and matching bag. A beautiful pair of black artisan leather weaved sandals will finish the look off nicely.
Matching your nail art design in 2021 to your outfit’s fabric seems to be a thing, with cable knit nail designs being at the forefront. To achieve this simple look at home find similar colours to your favourite sweater’s weave, grab a toothpick and get creating #sweaternails.
Sweater-inspired nails – we’ve heard it all, but it’s a great excuse to fill your time at home and have a cosy day in (or out) wearing your favourite knitwear. Because it is February, we’re going to imagine that these nails are red, pink and purple to match one of our newest favourite love heart cardigan from Love Shack Fancy. For a casual look, try pairing this cardigan with a pair of loose-fit distressed jeans or to make it even prettier, a tiered pink mini skirt with star detail is also a good option. And if you’re going to turn this 2021 nail trend into Valentine nail art, add a touch of sparkle with a simple crystal bracelet. Depending on the look you’re going for will depend on the footwear, but we think a simple pair of trainers or flip-flops would go well.
Bedazzled nails – yes there’s such a thing and they’re one of the latest nail art trends of 2021. We may have had less freedom over the year, but that doesn’t stop us from experimenting with different nail art looks. Despite having less freedom and fewer places to go, it would appear we all still love a bit of bling in our lives.
From jewel-encrusted nails to simple one-diamante adorned nails, we believe there’s a set of bedazzled nails to suit every level of sparkle. If you love to make a statement with your nails or you’re looking for some cute but different Valentine nail art ideas, we say the more jewels the better. If this is the case, we also suggest going glam with your outfit because if you love bedazzled nails, we’re guessing you’re an all or nothing kind of girl. Make heads turn in more directions than one with this tiered maxi dress from Miss June, which will take you from a 5-star beach resort during the day to an upmarket restaurant come the evening. Complement your glittering new nail art of 2021 with some other more-subtle bling in the form of simple crystal studs. For a daytime look, opt for a woven basket bag and to add a bit of glam for romantic evening dates, a delicate canvas clutch.
Whether it’s Valentine nail art design inspiration you’re after or trending nail art of 2021, there’s a lot of manicure art to choose from, and what’s even better is that you can probably do these latest nail trends yourself. Nail art trends are constantly evolving, just like the rest of fashion, but if you keep up to date what the latest nail trends of 2021 by being selective with your hashtags, such as #ManiMonday, you’ll be able to stay ahead of the rest and keep your nail game strong regardless of whether you can get to the salon or not!