Trust Us—These Are the Only Trending Nail Looks You Need to Know About

Updating your nails can be so much fun. Whether you're a nail-art aficionado or prefer a bold and bright manicure, there are so many ways to get creative with your nails. It's by far one of the easiest ways to update your look. While we might not have the cash to splash on an expensive bag or new-season shoes, picking up a new nail polish colour can be a purse-friendlier option that won't break the bank. Not only can a freshly painted set of nails elevate your outfit, but it can elevate your mood too. Who doesn't feel put together after a shiny lacquer of polish on their fingertips?


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We love this linear nail-art design.

However, deciding on a nail design to go for can prove tricky. So we scoured the fingertips of the cool girls, the fashion set and the industries top nail technicians to give you a dose of nail inspiration and find you the best trending nail looks to try. From minimalistic nail art to trending shades, we've searched high and low to find the trending nail looks that are about to blow up. Scroll on below for trending nail-art designs and shade inspiration for the season ahead. Let the "Nice nails!" compliments roll in.


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Abstract nail designs are here to stay, and we particularly love this negative-space navy manicure paired with gold jewellery.


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Muted neutrals are a forever trending manicure classic for when you just can't decide what colour to go for.


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A pearlescent sheen feels current, all thanks to Hailey Bieber's "glazed donut" nails that we're seeing everywhere right now.


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A punchy paintbox blue looks great on square nails.


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It's a nail colour that we're constantly seeing on the fashion set right now. You can expect this crocodile-green shade to take off.


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The French manicure takes on a whole new mood when combined with a minimalistic black tip.


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Why not pick a couple of tonal shades and alternate colours and shapes on each nail? We're big fans of these blue hues together.


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We've seen swirly nail art in iterations of bold colours, but we love this sleek version in all black, which is a perfect pairing with new-season leather.


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A milky neutral instantly elevates your fingertips, no matter your nail lengths or shape.


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This simple—yet effective—reverse-French manicure is both understated and stylish.


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Another minimal take on the French manicure trend that we're obsessed with. Sweep a line of polish just along the inner edge of your fingertips for a simplistic take on nail art.


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When in doubt, wear black. It's super glossy and always looks stylish.


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We love a co-ordinating nail-and-outfit moment, especially when it is nail art as good as this.


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Sometimes, you just can't beat a classic red manicure. The deep-berry hue is a winner for autumn and winter too.


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Picking a neutral shade is tricky, so why not choose 5? Go from dark to light like this manicure, or apply a random hue on each nail for a tonal look.


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Coffee-inspired colours are bound to give your nails a boost of energy.


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We're completely mesmerised by these negative-space, two-toned nails. Different shapes and sizes work best if you're re-creating this look at home.


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We love how this manicure is both bright yet muted. Get the look by picking muted colours, and choose an accent nail for your nail art—it will add interest to any outfit.


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An all-white nail brightens fingertips. Choose an off-white hue like ecru or bone for the most flattering finish.


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Bold green is a manicure shade that we're seeing everywhere right now. The brighter, the better.

Up next, 12 New Gel Nail Trends the Fashion Set Is Already Requesting in Salons

Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor of Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.

Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards and also contributed to Powder, winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards for her work in beauty journalism.

Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.

When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner.