The coronavirus pandemic affected numerous industries in 2020, and the beauty industry wasn’t left unscathed. Thanks to Covid-19, your long-awaited nail pampering at the nail salon was no longer a possibility due to the closure of all establishments that posed the risk of increased infections. Nail biters also had to find a way to kick the habit because putting their hands in their mouths could be a matter of life and death.
However, it wasn’t all gloom and doom. We saw the rise of exciting nail trends like at-home manicure techniques like press-on nails, pre manicure press-on nails, and more. Although it’s still unclear how 2021 will turn out, nail care must go on. This year, the nail care trends are downright incredible. Here are some of the must-try trends:
1. Magnetic Nail Polish
Beauty brands are going the extra mile to ensure you have unlimited options to beautify your nails at the comfort of your home. One of the newest additions is magnetic nail polish. This nail polish is better than regular gel polish as it contains magnet fragments in its formula that are activated by an actual magnet that’s included in the packaging.
All you have to do is to place the magnet over wet nail polish, and you’ll see the magnets rising to create a wavy, glassy 3D design. How cool is that? If you enjoy galaxy nail polish designs, this is the perfect nail polish for you. And the best part is that you can do it yourself.
2. Reusable Pop-On Nails
Let’s face it. It’s going to take a while before things go back to normal. Therefore, you may as well get used to doing your own nails before you have access to your nail technician again. Luckily, you don’t even need to know how to apply nail polish with reusable pop-on nails.
Most of the sets on the market come with pre-applied nail polish and nail stickers to apply the nails. This way, you get a firm hold without using nail glue. Even better, you can take the nails off at the end of the day and place them back on when you need to. These nails are the true definition of affordability and convenience.
3. Minimal Graphics
Without access to professional manicurists, more and more people are looking for creative ways to express themselves without much hassle. One way to do this is to paint your nails. However, if you’ve never done your nails before, it’s easier said than done. Some of the complex designs require attention to detail and are best done by professionals.
However, this shouldn’t deter you from rocking cool designs. Minimal graphic designs are becoming quite popular in 2021. These designs are easy to do and allow you to achieve a unique look. Some of the designs you can try include subtle curves and angled lines.
4. Natural Nails
Some people have taken the restriction of movement as an ideal time to give their nails a break from nail polish and gels. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do anything to your nails. It’s crucial to ensure your nails remain in tip-top condition even if you don’t plan to add colour to them.
Some of the things you can do to take care of your nails at home include:
- Apply cuticle oil for hydration.
- File your nails to achieve a desirable shape.
- Clip your nails often.
- Prioritize health over length.
- Leave your cuticles alone: Don’t push them back or try to get rid of them.
- Avoid excessive contact with water because it weakens nails.
- Be gentle and avoid using your nails as tools.
5. Mask Matching
Most of us believed 2021 would be the year we do away with the masks and get back to normal. However, Covid-19 is still here with us, and we need to take the necessary precautions to stay safe. Most people haven’t let this put a damper on their style.
Fashion enthusiasts have started matching their nails with their masks to achieve a unique edge, and you can try it too. The best way to go about it is to choose a nail art design that includes most of the colours your masks come in. This way, you can always match no matter which colour you desire.
If there’s anything Covid-19 has taught us, it’s that there are more ways than one to do certain things. While it’s gratifying and convenient to see a professional nail technician, with the right approach, you can achieve desired results right at the comfort of your home. As you have seen, sometimes you don’t even need nail polish. With pre-manicured pop-on nails, you can have your desired look in minutes. So, which trend are you excited to try out this year?