Checkered Nail Art Is the Summer 2021 Mani Trend to Try

June 03, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
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We’re swooning over checkered nail art for summer 2021. The geometric blocks of color are easy enough to create with some tape and bold polish colors, or you can get the look with press-ons. Ahead, we rounded up our favorite checkered nail art looks on Instagram to inspire you to recreate the groovy, retro-inspired trend.

Classic Checker

This look embodies everything classic about the checkered pattern — it’s boxy, symmetrical and mesmerizing to look at. Recreate the look at home with some tape, Essie Blanc and a second color of your choice, or just opt for the press-ons featured in this look by @aprillockhart: the Checked Out Chill Tips by Chillhouse.

Checkered French

This nail art look requires some skill and nail brushes, but the final product is worth the process. We’re loving the bold checkered tips on this look by @laurenladnier. The way she mixed and matched bold greens, blues, pinks, oranges, red and browns is nothing short of stunning.

Checkered Flora

Want to kick your checkered look up a notch? Use a tiny detail brush to paint little flowers on the nails of your choice. We love this look by @overglowedit that plays with layering flower art over the checkered pattern.

Checkered Touch

Rocking the checkered pattern on a few nails instead of every single fingertip can make just as much of an impact. We love this ’gram by @aoifemalone, in which she shows off her three-fingered checkered mani.

Checkered Glitter

Who says checkered nail art has to be opaque? This look from @amyytran is proof that just a little glitter goes a long way!

Mix 'n' Match Checkers

Change up your checkers by using a different number on each nail like @heluviee did here.
Photo: @aprillockhart

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