We're officially in 2021 (BYE, 2020—WILL NOT MISS YOU), which means it's time to 1) switch out your desk calendar, and 2) retire all the old nail art looks you wore on repeat last year to try something new. Lucky for you, I've spent hours scrolling through IG to find the most popular nail colors, designs, and trends that are going to be legit *everywhere* in 2021. From neon leopard print to multi-color French manis, these are the seven best 2021 nail trends you need to know about.
Black and White Nail Trend
I mean, how chic is this black and white nail design? You'll need a thin striping brush (it's a must for creating precise, ultra-fine lines), black nail polish, and opaque white nail polish to DIY the trendy look.
2021 Nail Trend: Brown Nail Polish
Rich, chocolate brown is the neutral nail color you need in your life. Not only is it trendy for 2021, but it also looks genuinely gorgeous on all skin tones. Use it to paint just the tips of your nails and your entire pointer fingernail for a cool, accent mani effect.
Green Tips for 2021
This 2021 version of the French manicure is by far my favorite take on the classic look. Prep your nails with a clear base coat first, then use five different shades of green nail polish (ranging from mint to forest-green) and paint each nail tip in a different color.
Multi-Print Nail Trend
Multi-print nail art is having a moment. The only rule? Keep the color palette in the same family (NGL, I love this muted beige vibe). To get the look, use a few different neutral-colored polishes to freehand different designs on each nail, or you can take the easier route and mix and match some nail stickers instead.
2021 Nail Trend: Geometric Designs
Sensing a theme here? Maximalist nail designs, like this geometric-print manicure, are going to be everywhere in 2021. Grab a few bold-colored polishes (think: green, red, and mustard yellow) and use them to doodle a few different shapes on each nail. Seal it all in with a glossy topcoat and you're good to go.
Leopard Print Nails for 2021
It's hard not to be obsessed with this neon leopard nail trend. You'll need a nail art brush set and a few different neon polish shades to create these colorful spots. Seal it all in with a glossy topcoat and you're good to go.
2021 Nail Trend: Confetti Manicure
This cute, confetti-inspired nail design basically screams "wear me to all of your fun things in 2021!". To try the trend, paint your nails in a sheer neutral polish and then, using a nail dotting tool, add confetti-like specks to each nail with silver, green, and red nail colors.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.