2016 Nail Trends: Matte Nails, Coffin Nails, Glitter and More


Wondering what nails to try in this year?Well, From attention-grabbing nails to subtle effects and subdued nail art, here’s everything you need to know about 2016 nail trends for the perfect manicure this season.

2016 Nail Trends

Glitter Nails

The ‘70s have been making a big splash on the runways for a few seasons, with fringe, flares and other details, but one of the best nail trends in 2016 is inspired by the disco movement. Adding glitter in a contrasting shade than your base will help you create dramatic and gorgeous looks. You can opt for a sheer color with just a tiny touch of glitter for the office.

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Short Nails with Rounded Tips and Bold Gel Nails

Squares shapes have had their moment, and they’re on their way out. Stick to shorter nails and don’t worry about perfecting square or squoval tips anymore. By creating symmetry between the rounded bottom of your nail and the tip, your nails won’t just look perfect with a lot less work, they’ll also be on trend.

Reds, Burgundy, Plums

Sexy reds never go out of style, but should feel free to experiment with deeper shades and it’s time for you to find your own perfect wine shade, deep plum or burgundy. No matter how much you love the look, remember that it works a lot better for evening than for day.

Brushstroke Nails

If you’re looking to make your nails stand out, try one of the 2016 nail trends that most women will avoid. This particular nail art featured nails covered in delicate brushstrokes. If you’re not sure you can master this look easily, try it on press-on nails first.

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Sheer Colors

For a more sophisticated and understated look, don’t be afraid of washed out shades. Going sheer is already a huge trend for 2016, whether you prefer the softest shades of pink or a daring black. You can make your own sheer nail polish by mixing a few drops of colored polish with a clear base coat.

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Sophisticated Nail Art

Nail art has been slowly gaining a lot of exposure in the mainstream, and one of the 2016 nail trends is the literal interpretation, nails that actually look like paintings. If you’re not crazy about the brushstroke trend, you can opt for reproductions of iconic works of art on your nails or go for a watercolor vibe.

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Negative Space Nails

Focusing on the negative space is one idea that fits with the fall’s minimal approach. From single stripes to appliqués, less is more. Stick to a clear base and opt for colorful French tips, or work with two neutral shades to create the perfect design.

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Matte Grays and Nudes

Make a strong statement with a matte shade of gray or beige, that’s quickly on its way to becoming the ultimate neutral. Paired with long gel nails, matte neutrals can take your look to the next level.

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Iridescent Nail Polish

Going for a high-sheen finish with a touch of iridescence is also one of the best nail trends for 2016, but it’s not easy to pull off. Find inspiration by layering different shades of golds or silvers, while a metallic neutral can be softened with a matte topcoat.

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