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Latest Korean Nail Trends in South Korea in 2020

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Nail trends in South Korea are something akin to marvel. Korean nail art is cute and simple rather than being just flashy!

People usually choose nail colors to match the season and like to decorate their nails with crystals. Nail extensions go beyond the simple round and square. Youโ€™ll see people with nail shapes that are beyond the usual. 

Read 6 Nail art trend predictions for 2020 according to top Korean nail artists.

We have compiled the top nail trends in South Korea according to the best nail artists in Seoul. The three Seoul-based nail artists are Sunny (owner of Sunkuku Nail Art Studio in Hapjeog), Sumi Lee (owner SSum Art Studio, Gangnam), and of course, Unistella

Most of the top nail trends in South Korea are inspired by the everyday and familiar things like an emoji, a song, a shoe, a natural phenomenon, or even a beauty product.

Check out what is Korean nail art that is taking over the world

We are sure that some of these exciting nail art ideas will inspire your next at-home manicure session! 

Aurora Nails

As predicted earlier in the year, Aurora effect nails are becoming quite popular in Korea and all over the world. The nail art looks like the mesmerizing Northern Lights. You can check out the hashtag #์˜ค๋กœ๋ผ๋„ค์ผ or #AuroraNails on Instagram to see the gorgeous looking Aurora nails. The tag is nothing but Aurora nails written in Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. 

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๐Ÿ”ฎ Looking at the aurora through my nails ๐Ÿ™ƒ . ์†์ด ๋ชป์ƒ๊ฒผ์ง€๋งŒ no filter, no effect โœ”๏ธ . Thanks a bunch, my uni-fam. I'm happy to see y'all making this even more special. . ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป With magnetic๐Ÿงฒgel and a magnet๐Ÿงฒ, you can easily do it. . The trick is to make a design with your magnet after applying the gel right before you start curing. โ˜๐ŸปThe index finger was done by applying a coat of magnetic gel on clear base, โœ‹๐Ÿปand the rest of the fingers had deep blue color underneath, so if you look into it they are a bit different. . There's no right answer, so try it with different base colors and designs. Then you'll get your own beautiful aurora on your hands ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ˜Œ . . . *๊ฒ€์ง€๋Š” ํˆฌ๋ช…๋ฒ ์ด์Šค, ๋‚˜๋จธ์ง€๋Š” ๋”ฅ๋ธ”๋ฃจ ์ปฌ๋Ÿฌ ๋ฒ ์ด์Šค๋ฅผ ๊น”๊ณ  ์™„์„ฑ ํ–ˆ์–ด์š”๐Ÿ’œ ๊ฐ€์ง€๊ณ  ๊ณ„์‹œ๋Š” ์ž์„์ ค์ด ์˜›๋‚ ๊ฑฐ๋ผ ์ž˜ ์•ˆ ๋ ๋• ์ž์„ ํŒŒ์šฐ๋”์™€ ์„ž์–ด๋„ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์€๋ฐ ์š”์ฆ˜ ์ƒˆ๋กœ๋‚˜์˜จ ์ž์„์ ค์€ ๋‹ค ์ž˜ ๋‚˜์˜ค๋Š” ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”. ๐Ÿฅฐ #์˜ฅ๊ตฌ์Šฌ๋„ค์ผ #unistella

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In Korea, you will find that all the nail salons have this as a nail art option now. 

Achieving the Aurora effect is quite simple with the right set of tools. You need a polish flecked with magnetic particles and a magnet wand. Once the nail polish is applied, you just wave the magnet around to achieve the Aurora borealis-like effect.

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์ง€๊ธˆ ํ•˜๋ฉด ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ์˜ˆ์œ ๋„ค์ผ #์˜ค๋กœ๋ผ๋„ค์ผ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป ๋™์˜์ƒ์œผ๋กœ ์ฐ์—ˆ์–ด์•ผ ํ–ˆ๋Š”๋ฐ ์•„์‰ฝ๋‹ค ๐Ÿ˜ข . . ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป์›์žฅ๋‹˜ ์‹œ์ˆ ๐ŸŒ™ . nailโ€™d young . *์†์ ค๊ธฐ๋ณธ 35,000 *๋ฐœ์ ค๊ธฐ๋ณธ 45,000 *์ด๋‹ฌ์˜ ์•„ํŠธ 50,000~ *ํ’€ ์Šคํ†ค(์–‘์† ํ•˜๋‚˜์”ฉ) 50,000 โžก๏ธ ํšŒ์›๊ฐ€ ๊ฐ€๊ฒฉ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ˜„๊ธˆํ•ด์ฃผ์‹œ๋ฉด ํšŒ์›๊ฐ€ ์ ์šฉ์‹œ์ผœ๋“œ๋ ค์šฉ . โœจ100% ์ •ํ’ˆ ์Šค์™€๋กœ๋ธŒ์Šคํ‚ค ์‚ฌ์šฉโœจ . *๋””์— โŒ *์˜ˆ์•ฝ&์ƒ๋‹ด ๋งค๋„ˆ์žˆ๊ฒŒ ๋ถ€ํƒ๋“œ๋ฆด๊ฒŒ์š” ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป (์ฝ์”น,์ฐ”๋Ÿฌ๋ณด๊ธฐ ๋“ฑ ์˜ˆ์˜์—†๋Š” ๊ฐ€๊ฒฉ๋ฌธ์˜ ์‚ฌ์ ˆ) โ € โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”์˜ˆ์•ฝ ๋ฌธ์˜ ์ฃผ์‹œ๋Š” ๋ฐฉ๋ฒ•โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” 1๏ธโƒฃ์„ฑํ•จ 2๏ธโƒฃํ•ธ๋“œํฐ๋ฒˆํ˜ธ 3๏ธโƒฃ์‹œ์ˆ ๋ชฉ๋ก(์–ด๋–ค ์‹œ์ˆ  ํ•˜์‹œ๋Š”์ง€) 4๏ธโƒฃ์ ค์ œ๊ฑฐ ์œ ๋ฌด 5๏ธโƒฃ์›ํ•˜์‹œ๋Š” ์‹œ์ˆ  ๋‚ ์งœ,์‹œ๊ฐ„ 6๏ธโƒฃ๊ฐ€์ ธ์˜ค์‹œ๋Š” ์•„ํŠธ๋Š” ์‚ฌ์ง„ ์ฒจ๋ถ€ ํ•ด์ฃผ์„ธ์šฉ 7๏ธโƒฃ์˜ˆ์•ฝ๊ธˆ ์ž…๊ธˆํ•˜์…”์•ผ ์˜ˆ์•ฝ์ด ์™„๋ฃŒ๋ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹น ๐Ÿ‘‰์˜ˆ์•ฝ๊ธˆ์€ ์‹œ์ˆ  ์ด ๊ธˆ์•ก์—์„œ ๋นผ๊ณ  ๊ฒฐ์ œํ•˜์‹œ๋ฉด ๋ผ์š” ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” โ€ขโ—๏ธ๋…ธ์‡ผ๋ฌธ์ œ๋กœ ํ”ผํ•ด๋ฅผ ๋ณด๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ์˜ˆ์•ฝ๊ธˆ์„ ๋ฐ›๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค โ€ขโ—๏ธ์˜ˆ์•ฝ๊ธˆ ํ™˜๋ถˆ์€ ํ•˜๋ฃจ ์ „ ๊นŒ์ง€๋งŒ ๊ฐ€๋Šฅํ•˜์„ธ์š” โ€ขโ—๏ธ๋‹น์ผ์ทจ์†Œ,๋…ธ์‡ผ ๋Š” ์˜ˆ์•ฝ๊ธˆ ํ™˜๋ถˆ์ด ์•ˆ๋˜๋Š” ์  ์ฐธ๊ณ ํ•ด์ฃผ์„ธ์š” #์˜ค๋กœ๋ผ์ ค #์˜์ •๋ถ€๋„ค์ผ #์˜์ •๋ถ€๋„ค์ผ์ƒต #์˜์ •๋ถ€๋„ค์ผ์•„ํŠธ #์˜์ •๋ถ€์ ค๋„ค์ผ #์˜์ •๋ถ€๋„ค์ผ์ƒต์ถ”์ฒœ #์˜์ •๋ถ€์—ญ๋„ค์ผ #์˜์ •๋ถ€์‹œ๋‚ด๋„ค์ผ์ƒต #์˜์ •๋ถ€์—ญ๋„ค์ผ์ƒต #์˜์ •๋ถ€์ด๋‹ฌ์˜์•„ํŠธ #์˜์ •๋ถ€๋„ค์ผ์ž˜ํ•˜๋Š”๊ณณ #ํ‚ค์ ค์˜ค๋กœ๋ผ์ ค

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If you have short nails, then Aurora nail art is going to be perfect! You can also mix-and-match colors. There are at-home versions of this trend thanks to beauty brands like Live Love Polish and KBShimmer

Read more: Easy ways to try Korean stone nail art trend.

Sparkle Emoji

Park Eunkyung (Unistella) has a wide variety of color options available, including glitter available in sparkle emoji. 

Even Irene Kim likes Unistellaโ€™s sparkle emoji nail art with clear nail color. 

You can easily try this trend at home by buying a four-pointed star glitter and pressing them on to your manicure. Or, you can even carefully paint the emoji shape! 

Smiley Faces or Any Nails

Zicoโ€™s hit single, โ€œAny song,โ€ inspired this nail art popularly referred to as Any Nails. It incorporates a smiley drawn with a marker on your nails. 

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To try this at home, you can use any paint markers to recreate this Korean nail art trend at home. If you donโ€™t have markers, you can get your hands-on Uni-Posca Pens

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Lipstick Nails

It is the top requested nail art design in South Koreaโ€™s nail salons. The nail trend is about having the most unexpected nail shape that mirrors a beauty product. 

Unistella says, โ€œWith a little change in the shape of your nails, you can easily achieve a change in your entire look.โ€ Changing shape in such a way can make your hands look longer. 

You can have nails in the shape of a stiletto, ballerina, lipstick, square, arrowhead, and many more. 

Ballet Nails

According to Sumi Lee, Ballet is another popular nail shape in Korea. The trend is more commonly known as the coffin in America. 

In ballet nails, artificial nail extensions are fashioned to be flat on the top and rounded on the sides like a pointed shoe or a coffin. 

You can paint them in any nail color imaginable. 

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Read about the 7 Korean Nail Colors to Enjoy in Summer 2020.


Watercolor creates a dreamy style that goes beyond paper. You can get tattoos inspired by watercolor as a medium, get an eye shadow inspiration, or indulge in watercolor nail art. 

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To create watercolor nail art, you need a unique nail polish that is specifically made for translucent and ink-blot-like designs. You can also layer sheer polishes to create a similar effect. 

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Chunky Glitter

Just like the fall fashion trends for shoes and bags, the chunkier, the better! The same line of thought applies here for glitter. 

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_ ๋๋‚˜๊ฐˆ๋ฌด๋ ต ํ–‡๋น›๋„์—†๊ณ  ๋น„๋„์˜ค๊ณ  ์กฐ๋ช…๋นจ๋„๋ชป๋ฐ›๊ณ .. #๊ณ ๊ฐ๋‹˜์˜ˆ์œ์†์ด๋‹คํ–ˆ๋‹ค #์›จ๋”ฉ๋„ค์ผ ๋กœ ์ถ”์ฒœํ•ด์—ฌ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ โ € โ € ์‹ค๋ฌผ์€ ๋ฐฑ๋ฒˆ๋” ํ™”๋ คํ•จใ…‹ใ…‹ใ…‹ โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € โš ๏ธ๋„ค์ผํƒ์ด๋‚˜์˜ ์†Œ์ค‘ํ•œ ๋””์ž์ธ์„ <์ƒต์˜ํ™๋ณด์šฉ>๋˜๋Š” <์ œํ’ˆํŒ๋งค์šฉ>์œผ๋กœ ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜์ง€๋ง์•„์ฃผ์„ธ์š” โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € #์—ฌ๋ฆ„๋„ค์ผ#๋ด„๋„ค์ผ#์—ฌ๋ฆ„๋„ค์ผ์•„ํŠธ #์ ค๋„ค์ผ #๋„ค์ผ์Šคํƒ€๊ทธ๋žจ #๋„ฌ์Šคํƒ€๊ทธ๋žจ#์Šค์™€๋กœ๋ธŒ์Šคํ‚ค๋„ค์ผ #๋„ค์ผ #์—ฐ์˜ˆ์ธ๋„ค์ผ #๋„ค์ผ๋””์ž์ธ#๊ฐ•๋‚จ๋„ค์ผ #ํ™”๋ คํ•œ๋„ค์ผ#์ คํŒจ๋”” #์Šคํ†ค๋„ค์ผ #์Šคํ†ค์•„ํŠธ #์••๊ตฌ์ •๋กœ๋ฐ์˜ค๋„ค์ผ #์ฒญ๋‹ด๋„ค์ผ #์••๊ตฌ์ •๋„ค์ผ์ƒต #nail #๋„ค์ผํƒ์ด๋‚˜ #nails #nailart #์••๊ตฌ์ •๋„ค์ผ #์ฒญ๋‹ด์ ค๋„ค์ผ #summernails#gelnail #์›จ๋”ฉ๋„ค์ผ #nailtam2na

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People want more glitter than going for big gems, according to Park. Glitter can last longer as it lays flat on the nail while gems get stuck into things. 

You can create your own chunky glitter polishes by mixing together a variety of glitters with a clear gel. 

Which of these trends did you like the most? Let us know in the comments!

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