Are you looking for a way to spice up your aesthetic for the rest of the year? Looking for a subtle, yet eye-popping way to show your style and personality? If so, then you need to learn about all of the different nail designs and styles that you should try in 2021.

By listing out a few different styles, you can provide yourself a change of pace for the rest of the year. Experts recommend getting your nails done every two weeks, so you’ll be changing your nail style every few weeks.

See below for an in-depth guide that you can use to create the best nail designs for 2021 at your fingertips!

1. Bold and Bright

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What if we told you that the colors you use on your nails send a subliminal message to everyone that lays eyes on them? These colors can be used to help you capture the spirit of the season, as well as set the mood for any occasion.

This is a method that’s known as color psychology. It’s the theory that each color has different emotions, feelings, and attitudes that it conveys to the human mind.

For example, orange exudes feelings of friendliness and warmth. Green exudes feelings of health and growth. Blue gives feelings of loyalty and pride… You get the idea!

So here’s our pitch: use color psychology as a way of making your nail designs more spontaneous this year. Learn about the different colors, then paint that color on your nails in a bold and bright shade. 

Are you feeling excited about the future ahead? Great! Paint those nails a solid red to make a statement at work or on a date to get him to order you the most expensive meal on the menu. Are you happy and optimistic about the rest of the year? Give those nails a fresh coat of yellow to exude happiness and clarity.

2. Cute Short Acrylic Nails

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For those of you looking to heighten the aesthetic of your nails this year, we have the perfect solution: go acrylic! Acrylic nails are a great answer for those of you that might have nails you’re self-conscious about. 

If you don’t know already, acrylic nails are placed over your natural nail. They’re made of a solution that’s comprised of liquid and powder, then shaped and painted however you please. For best results, the acrylic nails are applied with a base coat, polish, and topcoat.

The year 2021 is all about getting back to normal. It’s about getting back to the daily hustle and bustle that we all so desperately missed in the year prior. For that reason, we recommend going with cute short acrylic nails. They’re adorable, prevalent, and functional. Perfect for your professional and personal lives.

If you’re looking for a little flash, you should consider doing a clear coat with gold tips or go more subtle by painting one finger on each hand a gold color. It will add a little elegance to your look without creating a theme that’s hard to match with your outfits.

3. Summer Vibes

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As we said before, 2021 is all about new opportunities. It’s all about being happy and thankful for our slow return to the way things were! Nothing says happy and healthy like summer!

Why not create a summer anthem for the rest of your 2021 with summer vibes on your nails? There are plenty of ways to go about that. The easiest one is to use pastel tones. They naturally give off a look that’s springy or summery while also evoking class and luxury. 

For those of you that want something more individualistic, consider painting on the elements you love most about summer. For example, try painting cloudy skies or rainbows on your finger. Try using color blocks of the colors you most commonly associate with summer, such as the light blue of the sky, the green of freshly-cut grass, the yellow of the summer sun, and so forth.

4. Holiday-Themed Block Designs

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If you can’t tell already, we’re all about color! If you find yourself running out of nail design ideas, you can always use the upcoming holiday to spark some inspiration.

If you want to keep things simple, then use a color-blocking aesthetic as your default. Simply switch out the different colors for the upcoming holidays.

For example, for Christmas, you could use a red and green theme. For Valentine’s day, you can use red, white, and pink. For easter, you can use pastel colors in yellow, blue, pink, and green.

5. Diamond Nail Designs

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Last, but certainly not least, we have diamond nail designs. These are sure to make heads turn in virtually every room you walk into. They’re perfect for weddings, dates, or just your “I’m classy every day” aesthetic.

Best of all, they offer a wide range of creativity. You can alternate between diamond nails and painted nails with each finger, switch up the design of each nail, cover the outside rim of each nail with diamonds, or whatever you so choose.

No matter how you lay them out, your diamond nails are sure to catch other people’s eyes. They’re great for situations where you’re looking to make a lasting impression.

Use These Nail Designs as Your Inspiration

Now that you have seen several luxurious and clever nail designs that you should try this year, be sure to use them to your advantage.

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