The 2020 Nail Trends To Inspire Your Next Manicure

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2020 Nail Trends

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The 2010s may have been the decade when nail art blew up (thank you, Instagram), but we have a hunch 2020 will be just as exciting in the world of manicures. From fresh takes on old favorites to totally new ideas, here are the best and boldest nail trends you can expect to see 2020, based on the runways, our favorite nail experts’ feeds, and more.

1. In the Stars

Expect cosmic, zodiac-themed manis to pop up faster than you can say “Mercury in retrograde.”

 

2. In the Stars

Less astrology-specific but equally on-trend? A pretty moon-and-stars setup, like this look from N.Y.C.’s Vanity Projects.

 

3. Shades of Blue

Classic Blue” may be Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, but blues of all variations will be big, like this can’t-miss cobalt.

 

4. Shades of Blue

Celebrity nail artist Elle showed off a deeper teal shade if you prefer something on the mysterious side.

 

5. Thin French Manicure

2020 Nail Trends

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The Alice & Olivia and Khaite (pictured) spring 2020 shows both featured models wearing French manis—only the traditional white line was super-thin. The effect? Extra lengthening, especially for short nails.

 

6. Thin French Manicure

Nail artist extraordinaire Tom Bachik’s take on the look is even more chic, thanks to a double line of contrasting black and white.

Related article: The Best Nail Art Ideas For Spring 2020

 

7. Milky Ombré

Who knew ombré could be so elegant? All you need to copy nail artist Mei Kawajiri’s subtle design is a buildable, sheer nail polish with a touch of shimmer.

 

8. Milky Ombré

Plus, it looks just as cool sans shimmer and the slightest touch of lavender.

 

9. Gradient Nails

The look you’re seeing all over Instagram is also the easiest. Simply choose five shades in a similar color family for a nail-art visual, without actually doing any art.

 

10. Gradient Nails

For a breath of fresh air, try emulating Betina Goldstein’s neutral take.

 

11. Plant Life

These days, our Instagram feeds are about 50 percent plants, 50 percent beauty looks. It was only a matter of time before we combined them both.

 

12. Plant Life

A touch of gold on otherwise naked nails feels unexpected (and elegant enough for evening).

Related article: Everything You Need To Know About The Baby Boomer Nail Trend

 

13. Long Acrylics

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Long nails are back in full force. This time around, people are having more fun with designs, although neutrals look perfectly great too.

 

14. Long Acrylics

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Even the Oscar de la Renta spring 2020 show featured peachy acrylics, courtesy of nail artist Miss Pop.

 

15. Crystal Manicures

Based on client readings, L.A.-based wellness expert Mazz Hanna creates custom crystal manicures—including the application of stones onto the nails. Very L.A., and also very cool. (She also did a collab with Orly for a DIY experience.)

 

16. Crystal Manicures

Not in the mood for a crystal reading? You can always apply one yourself for a sparkly accent nail.

 

17. You’re My Butterfly

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Butterflies are the new flower. There, we said it.

 

18. You’re My Butterfly

These illustrious insects can be time-consuming, so one nail (or a few nails, seen here) may be all you need.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.

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