These are the nails that everyone is asking for post-lockdown

Last March, when the UK was in lockdown and beauty salons were closed, one of the many things that we missed was getting our nails done. While many of us turned to Ciate’s now-iconic Cheat Sheets and John Lewis reported a huge 293 per cent increase in sales of nail files as we tried our best to replicate a salon manicure at home, nothing can really compare to a professional manicure.

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Now that the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ has arrived, however, there are a couple of trends emerging and making a comeback this summer that we didn’t see coming.

That’s right, after a year of DIY manicures, this summer one of the biggest nail trends is for practical but pretty short nails with square and rounded edges according to Valeria Patrelli, a manicurist at beauty and skincare destination, Young LDN in Notting Hill. Music to our ears considering we chewed them all off during the Euro 2020 Final…

While a neutral nail never goes out of style, Valeria also revealed that when it comes to choosing a colour, however, ‘red and white are conquering all.’ That’s right, despite the grey weather over the past few months, ‘brighter and bolder shades have taken the lead thanks to their ability to boost mood’ and ‘corals, pinks, pastel blues and greens, yellows and purples are also proving popular and often all used on the same hand with each nail different’.

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If you are a fan of intricate nail art trends, Valeria also noted that she has seen a ‘return of the iconic French manicure, but tips are full of colour and no longer white.’

Booking platform Treatwell has also identified the French manicure design as rising in popularity and recommends updating the 90s classic for 2021 with your choice of corals, pastels, metallics or neons as Coco Nails Club, below, have done.

Looking for something more eye-catching? Marble effect nails and geometric lines are still right up to date too according to Valeria.

Whatever shade or design you opt for, however, the beauty of this summer’s short and chic French manicure trend is that it draws attention away from your nail bed even as the design grows out. Smart!