Of all the pockets of the beauty world that have changed most dramatically over the last few months, the nail sector has arguably been affected the most. Sure, haircuts and colour have slowed, and eye makeup is pretty much the only makeup we’re concerned with anymore, but the way we do our nails has flipped from bimonthly salon manicures to at-home treatments. 2020 was a wild year, and while we’re now able to head back into salons there are huge waiting lists at many and some of us are understandably still feeling a little nervous about booking in. With this in mind, it’s more important than ever to have a collection of nail polishes we love on hand in our own homes to make mani time as much fun as possible.
As much as we have missed the process of choosing from the infamous walls full of nail polish at our favourite salons, we don’t recommend loading up on dozens of bottles just to have ample options to choose from at home. Instead, we advise honing in on the nail polish colours that will be most popular in the year to come so your fingers can always be on-trend. To get the scoop on exactly which colours those will be, we tapped two of our favorite nail experts in the game—Brittney Boyce, a consulting nail artist for Orly and founder of Nails of LA, and Aline Moreira, a Massachusetts-based nail artist—to spill the tea on the nail colours that are the most popular in 2021. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know.