Top Nail Art trends of 2019 (that we’ll be bringing into 2020)

Top Nail Art trends of 2019 (that we’ll be bringing into 2020)

The standard of nail art really heightened this year. From new nail art trends to classical styles making a comeback and extravagant celebrity nails taking over our Instagram feeds (cough cough Cardi B). To end 2019, I’ve reviewed some of the biggest nail art trends and looked back on some of my favourite designs. Enjoy!


Top Nail Art Trends

Metallic nails

This style gives a space-age effect that can take a simple design to the next level without having to cover the whole nail. I really like looks that incorporate this in a subtle way e.g. metallic triangles or lines on plain base coats. Though this is typically associated with shades such as silver, turquoise and black, we are starting to see softer shades used shiny metallic elements e.g. rose gold, baby pink.


Nail Art Trends - metallic nails

Source: Beauty Big Bang


French Manicure

One of the biggest nail art trends of the year was the comeback of the classical French Manicure, however, this progressed in a way that met the modern innovation of nail art. From colourful tips to a mix-match of the use of space. Modernising classical looks is something I think will continue in the new year. We often get so caught up on finding the ‘next big thing’ but reinventing previous iconic looks can be another great source of inspiration.

Check out my nail post 3 ways to Spice up your French Manicure.


Nail Art Trends - French Manicure


Negative Space

With ‘minimalism’ becoming a buzzword of this year (cough cough Tidying Up with Marie Kondo), incorporating the natural nail space into designs has taken off by a storm. We have seen this on the runway, magazine covers and numerous advertisements for jewellery. This low maintenance look is perfect for those who want to achieve a unique design without spending hours painting their nails. This is something I think is going to continue in the next year and can’t wait to experiment with this. Check out some of the many ways this can be achieved below.


Nail Art Trends - Negative Space Nails

Source: Refinery29


Runway/Fashion Inspired Nail Art

This year I found fashion one of the biggest sources of inspiration behind some of my favourite nail art creations. Starting with the Met Gala in May, with the theme of ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, this event celebrated all things over-the-top and exaggerated in fashion. I created two looks based on my favourite outfits: Cara Delevingne in Dior and Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano.

Check them out here: Met Gala Inspired Nail Art.


Nail Art Trends - Fashion Inspired Nal Art

In September, New York Fashion Week was another source of inspiration for nail art. The Peter Moss show was probably one of my favourite shows (and nail creations of 2019. From the history behind it to the vibrant use of colours. I go into more detail on this in my New York Fashion Week Inspired Nail Art. Check it out here.

I’m looking forward to creating more fashion-based looks in the new year and which new nail art trends will emerge from the runway.


Cause-related Nail Art

Though this is something that has been ongoing for a while, I always love seeing how nail artists develop this over time. This year we saw growing issues such as global warming through Earth Day and Environmental inspired designs to causes such as Breast Cancer Awareness and Mental Health Awareness Nails. What I love about nail art is that not only can it be used as a way to express one’s self. It is also a great away to spread awareness of important issues in a fun and creative way.


What were your favourite nail art trends of 2019? What do you think will rise or make a comeback in 2020? Comment down below.

Happy New Year, I hope 2020 brings nothing but happiness and success. Thanks for reading.


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