The 13 2021 Nail Trends to Take Inspo From

Velvet nails, ombré quartz, French tips, and more.

a model poses backstage ahead of the antonio marras show during milan fashion week springsummer 2017 on september 24, 2016 in milan, italy
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2021 is the year to make basic colorways and chipped manis a thing of the past. We're here to provide you with the best, the brightest, and the coolest nail trends for 2021—all of them vetted by editorial nail artist Mabelyn Martin. From trippy velveteen nails to an abstract French manicure you'll forever be inspired by, the intricate nail designs that we've picked as our 2021 favorites are sure to help you stand out from the crowd. (For a season-by-season breakdown of nail colors, check out our summer and fall nail polish guides.)

Chelsea Hall is the Assistant Fashion and Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers celebrity style, fashion trends, skincare, makeup and anything else tied into the world of fashion and beauty