Nail Art Trends 2024

Nail Art Trends 2024

Cosmetologists and nail care specialists are increasingly seeing customers ask about nail art and nail care.

With the rise of sharing nail art trends on social media, interest has never been higher.

Whether it is nail paint, acrylics, fills, or other nail care, clients are more interested than ever in presenting nails that stand out.

By understanding what trends are currently popular, you can better prepare yourself to master these techniques as a nail care specialist or cosmetologist. Here are some of the nail trends currently popular in 2024.

Note: The Cosmetology program at Paul Mitchell the School at Campus teaches some nail care, but many of these techniques would require a dedicated nail art class to learn.

Colorful Short French Tips

Sometimes called micro-French tips, these colorful French tips are short, with negative space on most of the nail, and bright or pastel colors on the tips. This is a vibrant look that works well in the summer and looks good in a variety of settings.

Colorful French Nails

Photo: @iramshelton

Colorful French Tips

Photo: @amyle.nails

Lip Gloss Nails

The Lip Gloss Nail is a term coined by celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik, and has a distinctive luminous shine similar to lips after applying lip gloss. This look can be replicated with a large range of shades. The nail polish is a nude color that matches your skin tone, covered with a sheer, glossy finish. This can be used with see-through pinks and reds as well.

Lip Gloss Nails

Photo: @cantinhodogel

Lip Gloss Nails

Photo: @matejanova

Milky White Nails

The milky white nail trend is a continuation of soft, clean looking manicures that look good on both short and long nails. With creamier milky manicures, polish, and acrylic styles, this presents a clean and polished look. This is sometimes used alongside negative spacing and other nail techniques.

Milky White Nails

Photo: @nails_gergo_bp

Milky White Nails

Photo: @nailsbyamyt

Cats Eye Velvet Nails

Cats Eye Velvet nails are a shimmery, eye-catching nail technique that can also be combined with additional nail art. After the nail goes through prep processes, layers, and curing, a layer of polish with metallic flecks is applied, and a top-coat is added. The metallic layer is activated using magnets which produces a multi-dimensional effect.

Cats Eye Velvet Nails

Photo: @nailexpressroma

Cats Eye Velvet Nails

Photo: @nailsby.syd

Chrome Nails

Many people have been using chrome and metallic textures to their manicures over the last couple years. The shiny nail art complements the “Glazed Donut” nail look (covered later in this article).

Chrome Nails

Photo: @nailsbytduh

Chrome Nails

Photo: @prettyygirlpolishh

Minimal Nails

The minimal nail design trend or nude nails have truly taken hold in recent years with several celebrities displaying these designs.

This popular style encompasses a wide variety of designs, that reflect elegance and simplicity. These nail designs can be plain or have small accents. This style works in both a casual and formal style.

Minimal Nail Design

Photo: @roz_nail77

Minimal Nail Design

Photo: @the_minimalist_manicurist

3D Texture Nails

Three-dimensional nail art can include all sorts of designs: bubbles, sea shells, rhinestones, and other patterns are all part of the 3d nail trend.

3D Texture Nails

Photo: @vanityprojects

3d texture nails

Photo: @vanityprojects

Candy Red Nails

With good reason, the ever-popular classic red-colored nails are back on top for 2022. Not only are red nails easy on the eyes, but they conjure up undertones of romance. Why not jazz up your glamorous red nails with a bit of addition of glitter? You will surely be the star of the party!

Candy Red Nails

Photo: @nail.room__

Candy Red Nails

Photo: @meyliamnails

Matte Color Nails

If you're looking for a more subtle yet classy look, matte color nails offer distinct visual appeal.

Matte Color Nails

Photo: @mikadobeauty

Matte Color Nails

Photo: @aztec_claws

Floral Print Nails

Floral patterns, prints, and nail art are a recent trend which can be incorporated in many different ways. These nail designs can be fun to wear.

Floral Print Nails

Photo: @beautique_kent

Floral Print Nails

Photo: @polishedbypayt

Negative Space Nails

Utilizing techniques from graphic design, these nails use negative space to draw attention to the details that are featured on the nail art. Bold, eye-catching, and stylish, negative space nails will be here for a long time to come.

Negative Space Nails

Photo: @thehotblend

Negative space nail art

Photo: @twinkletips.sg

Negative Space Nails

Photo: @polished_yogi

Animal Print Nails / Reptile Nails

Animal print has always been a popular choice in fashion and beauty, year after year. Reptile and dragon patterns are a newer nail art trend that look distinct.

Animal Print Nails

Photo: @ludmilakarenoficial

Dragon Nails

Photo: @isabel.carolyn.nails

Pink Nails

With the Barbie movie coming out, bright pink will be in fashion in 2023. Muted pink and other shades of pink are always solid choices for nail color.

Pink Nails

Photo: @nailsbykaityt

Pink Nails

Photo: @beautygohome

Melted Metal Nails and Metallic Embellishments

More and more nail art and acrylics are using metallic enhancements and ornamentation to create a unique look.

Metallic Nails

Photo: @bornprettyofficial

Metallic Nails

Photo: @sugamama_nailz

French Glass Nails

A variation on the French manicure, French glass nails have a bold appearance which stand out.

French Glass Nails

Photo: @costandenisa

French Glass Nails

Photo: @alexandra_radu_

Glazed Donut Nails

This look was very hot in 2022. The nails have a wet look that is similar to a glazed donut.

Glazed Donut Nails

Photo: @nailsbyzola

Glazed Donut Nails

Photo: @nailsxmina

Glittery Nails

Many nail polishes and acrylic nails use glitter to create an eye-catching look that works in a variety of settings.

Glittery Nails

Photo: @blackbox_nailcraft

Glittery Nails

Photo: @_nailsed_it and @lennoclynn_

Pastel Nails

A nail art look that works in any year or season, pastel colors are a very feminine characteristic that are always in style with nail art.

Pastel Nails

Photo: @eronika_nails

Pastel Nails

Photo: @vandipnails

Dual Finish Nails

Combining two or more tones, dual finish polish or acrylics have a blended or separated color scheme that gives sharp contrast.

Dual Finish Nails

Photo: @nailsxmina

Dual Finish Nails

Photo: @handsandfeetbyevelyne

Magenta Nails

Pantone announced that Viva Magenta is the 2023 color of the year, and tones in this family are a trend for the current year. Magenta is a nuanced crimson tone that is vibrant, a color from the red family with tones of pink and blue mixed within. This shade can be combined with other aspects like floral and glitter designs.

Magenta Nails

Photo: @nailsbyroxy_hmo

Magenta Nails

Photo: @vivi_thologi

Very Peri Nails

Periwinkle nails are a color that trended very strongly in 2022. Providing a soft look with a bluish-lavender color, this is a good color for the summer or autumn. Periwinkle is a very distinct color that is not common.

Periwinkle Nails

Photo: @polishpops

Periwinkle Nails

Photo: @nails.queen.peri

Gold Foil Nails

Many acrylics are incorporating gold foil into the nail art to add an upscale distinct look. The gold accents add some flair to otherwise straightforward manicure.

Gold Foil Nails

Photo: @bnailzs

Gold Foil Nails

Photo: @gabbys_beauty_house

Matcha Green Nails

Green is a color that works in any year, in any season. The matcha tea green or sage green works especially well in the spring or summer, as it coincides with blossoming flowers and nature.

Matcha Green Nails

Photo: @ca.nailsandspa

Matcha Green Nails

Photo: @cannotdonailart

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To learn more about training for a career in cosmetology, contact Paul Mitchell the School at Campus.