10 nail trends from the early 2000s that we never stopped loving
You might think Instagram sparked the golden age of manicure. But looking back, it turns out that the early years worked for the 2010s to run. The new millennium began with relics of late 1990s malls like frosted varnish and French manicure but became more adventurous over time when Chanel’s vanished but never forgotten Black Satin polish entered the scene. And things got even more exaggerated from there.
But like so many other nostalgic fashion and beauty trends, we suddenly want to wear them again. In fact, the the biggest nail trends of 2021 are remarkably similar to those that took over in 2001. To prove it, we walk through the past of manicure with Brittney Boyce, famous nail artist and founder of LA nails, and including the means to recreate the looks from that second. Best of all, this decade’s polishes and products are a lot healthier on our nails and a bit more, well, polished overall.
The French manicure was the go-to for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, but then it fell into the shadows. “For a long time, white tips were almost off-limits and considered dated and sticky,” Boyce explains. “But with almond shaped or round shaped nails, it looks really updated and classic. This goes back to the original intent of the look, which is to accentuate the look of a natural nail for movies, catwalks and photos by lengthening the look of your hands.
Static nails Mademoiselle Pop-On Round Reusable Manicure Set ($ 14)
Pressures have also experienced some kind of rebirth due to both the pandemic and our love for instant gratification. This reusable set gives you a professional-looking French manicure in minutes and can be reshaped, repainted and removed as you wish.
This trend of the 2000 era, seen here on Mya, gives us all the sensations. “Frosted nail polish is super easy to do when you’re busy and don’t have time for extensive nail art. I love jewelry tones, ”Boyce says, adding that the trend“ looks best on short, natural nails ”.
OPI Nail polish in this color is making waves ($ 11)
Paint that pearly blue for a moment Lizzie McGuire vibrations.
At first, long acrylics were a celebrity favorite, with everyone from Missy Elliott to Pink wearing the look. And while short, natural nails had their heyday in the 2010s, longer nails have seen a resurgence in the last five years or so. “I’ve never been a huge fan of acrylic because it’s tough on the nail, but I’m a huge fan of gel extensions, which is the modern way to get length without damaging your nail. “Boyce explains. “I think good nail extensions look super sick!”
The punk staple became mainstream after Chanel Black Satin became the color of It nails, and everyone from Jessica Simpson to Lauren Conrad wore the shade.
JinSoon Absolute black nail polish ($ 18)
“When choosing a black nail polish, make sure it’s a very deep, shiny black,” Boyce advises. Not in the shorter 2000s look? “Black nails look great on longer lengths,” she says.
Dry Vive Gel effect topcoat ($ 7)
Before the days of gel manicures and long-wearing formulas, chipped polish was almost expected. To keep your black polish (or any polish, really) shiny and new for as long as possible, add a top coat like this gel effect every one to two days.
Kimora Lee Simmons’ flip phone may be from the 2000s, but her nail color will never go out of style. “I recently did a hot pink for Megan Fox for the iHeartRadio Awards, and it was really fun,” Boyce said.
Orly Nail polish in Oh Cabana Boy ($ 10)
This bold, creamy pink has a slight shimmer that will catch the sunlight.
If you’ve spent algebra painting Wite-Out on your nails, you’ve found your next mani shade. “White nail polish really looks great in the summer,” says the nail pro. “I also like to use the white base as a canvas for nail art.”
Olive & June HD nail polish ($ 8)
This varnish is opaque, shiny and durable – basically everything Wite-Out is not.
The nail art bubble may have burst over the past decade, but it has been around forever. Fergie presented this entry-level cover in 2005. “I still love minimalist graphic nail art. It’s like modern art meets fingernails, ”Boyce explains. “In 2021, I think a graphic nail looks great with color blocking.”
Stripe Monochrome nail strips ($ 10)
These nail wraps make nail art easy, airy and are made with real polish.
Gwen Stefani’s vintage-inspired phase brought in a lot of red lipstick and nails. “I think classic red will never go out of style,” Boyce says.
Morgane taylor Professional Nail Polish in Hot Rod Red ($ 10)
Look for a deeper, creamier shade rather than a cherry red for a look like Stefani’s.
Orly Bonder Nail Base Coat ($ 11)
“Most reds stain your nails, so make sure you use a really good base coat like Orly’s Bonder to keep it from getting stained,” says the pro.
From cell phones to sunglasses, “everything dazzling was really huge in the 2000s,” Boyce reminds us. The wearer of that crystal encrusted manicure? None other than Serena Williams, who is a certified nail technician (!).
Nails Inc. Crystals Made Me Do It Nail Polish Duo ($ 11)
“We’re seeing embellished nails now, but it’s not so much rhinestones, but more gold cuffs for an accent or even real diamonds or crystals,” Boyce explains. “Mazz Hanna started crystal clear manicure, which is more subtle.
“Reverse French with light tips started showing up in the early 2000s, and it’s one of my most requested looks these days,” Boyce says of Christina Aguilera’s looks. “But now we’re improving the light tips even further by using a fine metallic tint to show the separation. ”
Dashing diva Gloss Ultra Shine Gel Palette in Feeling Flush ($ 9)
These nail decals feature a metallic reverse French manicure, along with other fun colors and patterns.
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