Any nail art fanatic would know that nail trends are always evolving, for better or for worse. What’s trendy one year might not even be on anyone’s radar the next, but that’s what makes it fun! Nails are just another great way to express yourself and your personality, so why not see what’s popular at the moment? This list of 2020 nail trends will inspire you to add something new and fun to your nails that you’ll be dying to try!
1. Clear star nails
Check out this extremely cute nail look that is super popular this year! These clear nails with glitter and star decals look amazing and really add a sparkly pop to your nails without an excess of colors. You could also use these star decals on any nail color base, not just clear!
2. Marble accent nails
If you’re really into the marble look just like everyone else is, then you’ll love these nails! Go full marble on every nail, or balance out the marble with some soft colors or nudes. This marble design will go great with any outfit or colors, and you can make it as bold or as muted as you like!
3. Gradient nails
This timeless look might seem simple at first glance, but it will never go out of style. The cascade of colors from light to dark is simply beautiful no matter what colors you choose to use. You can go more natural with a mauve or nude color, or go bright with pastels or neons. There are tons of options for this nail style!
4. Crystal nails
Crystals are all the rage recently, so why not bring nails into the picture? These stunning nails are modeled after the earth’s finest crystals, from amethyst to turquoise to rose quartz. Add some gold accents to make the color pop even more. Bring the healing power of crystals into your nails with this nail style!
5. Holographic nails
Just like crystals, holographic anything is a hot commodity this year, especially when it comes to nail art. I mean, just look at these stunning nails. The great thing about holographic nails is that even if you don’t love the base color, the reflection of light will essentially give you every color of the rainbow!
6. French mani with a twist
Everyone knows and loves a french manicure. But what if you gave it just a little more pizzaz? This fun and cute french mani is full of color and will have everyone complimenting you! This is perfect for a summer look or just whenever you need a pop of color in your life. Go pink like this photo, or use any color you like!
7. Flower accent nails
I know that flower decals on nails are nothing new, but check out this next cute design! The tiny details of these flower designs are simply gorgeous and are a classic no matter what year it is. This look is great for the springtime or really anytime you just want something pretty to look at!
8. Confetti nails
When you think of confetti nails, you might be thinking of an explosion of colors and textures. While that’s great of course, sometimes it’s nice to be able to tone it down a bit and go for some more muted colors. These nails are great for adding a pretty accent to your look and will go great with any outfit you choose to wear!
9. Constellation nails
Follow your zodiac right down to your nails with this next look. This simple yet stunning design is a great way to add something really cool to your nails without overdoing it. The delicate decals will go with any base color you choose, whether it be a nude color or dark like the night sky. You can also personalize this look with your favorite constellations!
10. Nude ombre nails
Not everyone wants a pop of color or lots of decals when it comes to their nails, which is why our next look is perfect for any minimalist. The soft pink and nude colors flow to a subtle ombre that would be beautiful on anyone. Natural looks are always in style and you honestly can’t go wrong!
11. Half-painted nails
Our next nail look is incredibly stylish but so simple. You could easily do this yourself and with any color that you choose. The sharp lines somehow give your nails a more pointed and elegant look, even though it’s simply a diagonal line in the middle of your nails. If you feel like this look needs a little more, paint the other side of your nails another color!
12. Rainbow french mani
If we’re talking about a french mani with a twist, this look certainly gives you that! It’s fun, flirty, and just what your nails need to look extra special. Sure, a classic french manicure is great, but there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun with colors. Go with rainbow colors like pictured below, or pick one or two that really stand out to you. Have fun with this look!
13. Pastel nails
There’s never a wrong time to rock some pastel-colored nails no matter what time of year it is. This trend might not necessarily be a new one, but it’s definitely in for 2020. Plus, the color options are seemingly endless and you don’t need any extra decals for this look. It’s beautiful on its own!
14. Dark green nails
Go to the dark side with these elegant dark green nails! I feel like there’s been a little apprehension in the past when it comes to dark-colored nails, but this trend is certainly coming back. Jazz it up a bit with some half-painted nails like in the picture, or just go full-on green. This emerald green color would be stunning on all skin tones and nail shapes!
15. Swirl nails
Say hello to these cute and funky swirl nails! If you’re tired of the same old same old when it comes to nail designs, this look is definitely a great option and is super trendy. It’s bold but not too bold and is perfect for when you just want to spice things up with your nails. Go with a bright red, or go for a more subtle swirl color. It’s all up to you!
16. Accent line nails
Never underestimate the power of a simple accent line. Your super clean and freshly-painted nails are beautiful on their own, of course, but what if you added something more? This simple accent line takes your nails from just okay to super trendy just like that! So, next time your nails need just a little bit more to them, go for an accent line!
17. Half cheetah print nails
Our next stylish nail look is just iconic. If you’re a lover of animal print clothes, why not also extend that to your nails? But, not in full force of course. These stunning nails are half nude and half cheetah print, something I wouldn’t really imagine working that well, but don’t knock it ’til you try it! The neutral colors will go with any outfit you might have and will have all your friends complimenting your nails!
18. Gold accent nails
If painting your nails completely gold is just a little too bold for you, I have a solution. This trendy gold accent nail look is great for that subtle flex but is also just simply stunning. Accent with gold with lines like pictured below, or use any other geometric shapes that you think look good! Plus, whatever base color you choose to use, the gold will stand out no matter what!
19. Plant decal nails
Plant lovers will love these next set of trendy nails. These cute and delicate plant decal nails are so simple but just look so good. Having lots of plants is super popular when it comes to interior design, and this nail look is no different. Your nails have suddenly become your very own little garden!
20. Watercolor nails
There’s nothing more beautiful than a colorful watercolor painting, so why not extend this beauty to your nails? With these nails, you can definitely get creative when it comes to the color combinations and overall look, which is why I love them so much. These nails are super trendy and unique, and perfect for a time during the year when you just need that extra splash of color to your life!