Nail Trends Everywhere In 2022

Ocean nail art and very peri polish? Yes, please.

Blue Nail Polish

The classic shade will carry us well into the new year and early spring, so if you haven't tried it yet you must. Pastels also feel warm and can brighten any mood."

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Always a favorite, we won't see bright blue going anywhere anytime soon," predicts Rachel Apfel Glass, founder of GLOSSLAB.


A dash of escapism never hurt anyone. For 2022, Pinterest predicts that nail painted with dream-worthy designs inspired by nature will be all the rage.

The company found that searches for galaxy nail art are up 115 percent since last year, geode nail art is up 200 percent, ocean nails 500 percent, desert nails 105 percent, and aurora nails 400 percent.

Very Peri Polish

When Pantone revealed this as the color of the year, the internet went crazy for the sweet shade.

According to Klarna, there was a 2,457 percent increase in purchases of lilac nail polishes through its app in the past 30 days, and Rita Remark, a New York-based celebrity nail artist, predicts it'll be everywhere in the new year.

"It's surprisingly versatile," she says, suggesting Essie's Wink of Sleep nail polish.

"Milk Foam" Color Combo

"This unexpected pairing will certainly be a trend in 2022," predicts Apfel Glass

"The youthful color combo, known as the 'milk foam' trend of soft pinks and browns pops with any outfit, and you can even get creative like the example above with hearts and accent nails."

Coffin-Shaped Nails

It's a sleeker look from your traditional square, and it's more relatable in today's fashion.

Nail shapes vary from almond to stiletto to square, but I think coffin-shaped nails will continue to rise," predicts Edwards.

"I think of coffin shape as an architectural nail." To try out the trend without committing to it fully, try a set of KISS's Fantasy Sculpted Nails." -- Edwards

Midnight Black Polish

Don't be afraid to go to the dark side in the new year. "Classic black nails will be totally in for 2022

"Clients, both men and women, ask for a plain black manicure to go with their all-black wardrobes," says Apfel Glass.

Rainbow-Colored Tips

"The trend of colorful French manicures is back and stronger than ever," says Apfel Glass."

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We're seeing the trend in each of our Manhattan studios as clients gravitate toward the fun, out-of-the-box design trend."

Choose one statement shade for a uniform mani, or switch it up and throw in all your favorite colors for added fun.

Barbie-Pink Nails

So, for someone who likes bold and fun shades, make neon pink your go-to during your next mani.

"We're seeing neon pop on the runways and in our studios," says Apfel Glass.

In case you need more convincing, Edwards also agrees that bright magenta will reign in the new year.

Matte Topcoats

Over metallic, it looks steel. Over cream, it looks velvet. Over pearl, satin. This finish will be trending all year.

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You don't need a specific color or nail shape to make a statement. "Adding a matte topcoat on top of any shade has a transformative effect," agrees Remark.

To achieve this trend, simply throw on a matte topcoat, such as Essie's Mattifying Top Coat, after you've finished painting your nails.

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