Since you’re reading Who What Wear, it’s probably safe to assume that you enjoy keeping up with the latest and greatest in fashion and beauty. Even if that’s not the case, odds are you like to experiment with your personal style every now and again, and what better way to dip your toes—erm, fingers—into a new trend than with your manicure? Taking a new nail colour, design or technique for a test drive doesn’t have to be a major commitment, which is why we’re excited about experimenting with a bunch of exciting new nail trends in 2020.
Of course, as Who What Wear editors, we don’t just follow the trends—we discover them. Thanks to four of our favourite nail industry experts, we’re pretty sure these nail trends are going to be making waves in the next year (and new decade) to come. So whether you’re a classic French manicure devotee looking for a subtle way to change it up, our experts have predicted these following nail trends that should definitely be on your radar.
Keep scrolling for incredible nail art inspiration, subtle new shades, sleek designs and even a few technical innovations to keep an eye out for according to the professionals. These women definitely know what’s up when it comes to the latest and greatest in nail care—just don’t forget the topcoat!
3. Dark Green
Lauren Dunne, co-founder and CEO of Varnish Lane, predicts that dark greens are going to be big. "It's a shade that people weren't comfortable wearing for a long time, and they're just now realising that it's an extremely universally flattering shade that gets tons of compliments."
4. Garden Party Shades
10. The '80s
13. Negative Space
14. Metallics ( Again)
15. Updated french Mani
Choi concurs, sharing, "Simple nail art, such as tweaked versions of French manicures and halfway negative space, confetti and one big dot on each finger will be popular." A lot of artists used this modern style of French nail art during the NYFW S/S 20, as seen above at the Rag & Bone show.
16. Colour Theory
Tuttle says she is looking forward to applying colour theory to create more nuanced and custom colours. "We'll see the layering of polishes to give even more dimensionality to shades," she explains. Try layering a metallic under a barely there sheen for a subtle glow from within that works year-round.