As we move into 2023, the nail industry continues to thrive with innovative designs and a strong emphasis on nail health. Here’s a rundown of the hottest nail trends for the year, as forecasted by industry experts:
1. The “Glazed Donut” Look
Popularized by celebrities like Hailey Bieber, expect to see high-shine, iridescent nails with a ‘wet-look’ finish that mimics the sheen of a glazed donut.
2. Red Nail Theory
Thanks to TikTok, the allure of classic red nails is back. This time, it’s all about finding the perfect shade of red that not only suits your skin tone but also empowers you.
3. Modern French Manicure
The French manicure remains a staple but with a twist. Think colors like deep blue or metallic tips instead of traditional white.
4. Neon Accents
Neon hues are not going anywhere. In 2023, it’s all about using neon as an accent, either as tips, half-moons, or detailed art on one or two feature nails.
5. Optical Illusion Art
Nails are becoming a canvas for mind-bending optical illusions, using color and shape to create nails that are both artful and conversation-starting.
6. Cat Eye Techniques
Utilizing magnetic polishes to create a captivating “cat eye” effect will continue to be a trendy choice for those seeking a dynamic and mesmerizing look.
7. Barbiecore Aesthetic
Influenced by the resurgence of Y2K fashion and the anticipation of the Barbie movie, expect to see playful, pink-dominated nail art that’s both fun and feminine.
8. Nail Health Focus
Healthy, hydrated nails are becoming a priority. Treatments that emphasize nourishment and strength, as well as embracing natural textures and colors, are on the rise.
9. Sustainable Practices
Eco-friendly polishes and practices that emphasize sustainability are becoming more prevalent as consumers become more environmentally conscious.
10. Mix-and-Match Patterns
Clashing patterns worn across different nails will continue to be popular for those who love a bold and individualistic look.
11. Velvet Nails
Textured polishes that mimic the look of velvet, especially in rich, deep hues, will be sought after for their unique feel and sophisticated appearance.
12. Metallics and Chromes
Metallic and chrome nails will dominate, offering a futuristic look that can range from subtle shimmer to full-on mirror finishes.
13. Minimalist Designs
Simple, clean designs with a minimalist approach will appeal to those who prefer understated elegance.
14. Dark Romance
Dark, moody colors with romantic accents like florals or gothic elements will be a trend for those who lean towards a more dramatic aesthetic.
15. Pastel Play
Soft, muted pastels will remain a favorite, especially during the spring season, often combined with other trends like the modern French tip.
16. Skittle Manicure
The trend of each nail painted a different color, known as a Skittle manicure, will continue to be a playful way to incorporate multiple colors.
17. Micro Art
Tiny, detailed nail art that requires a closer look to appreciate its intricacy will intrigue those who love detail and precision.
18. Revival of Classics
Classic styles like the American manicure, with its more natural color palette, will make a comeback as part of the larger trend toward nail health and natural beauty.
19. Cuticle Art
Decorating the cuticle area with small jewels or designs will be a subtle yet chic way to embellish a manicure.
20. Half-Dipped Nails
A design where half the nail is painted or dipped in glitter, creating a modern and stylish look that’s easy to DIY.
These trends show that 2023 will be a year of both bold innovation and a return to classic, refined beauty in the nail industry. Whether you’re trying these styles at home or in the salon, there’s no shortage of inspiration to keep your nails looking fresh and fabulous all year long.