Just like the changes in weather, each new season brings new nail trends. Sometimes those trends are DIY-friendly, while other times they can only be accomplished after spending a few hours and quite a few bucks at a professional nail salon. But we’ve got good news: the nail trends of 2022 are totally doable, even if you’re a nail polish rookie. To help give you some inspo for your upcoming manis, we’re sharing seven buzzy nail trends we're currently seeing everywhere this season. From animal prints to updated nudes, there are so many options for adorning your tips. Keep reading to learn the 2022 nail looks you need to try stat. Opening image: oliveandjune.com
Though it's subtle, there’s something about matte nails that catches the eye. The best part about sporting them is it’s super simple and totally customizable. You can swipe on your favorite hue and layer a clear matte coat on top, or take the trend to a new level by mixing glossy and matte finishes into your design. You can sport a matte base with a glossy tip, or consider mixing and matching every other nail for a matte-glossy combination that’s uniquely you.
If you find yourself constantly debating which nail colors to choose, this trend is for you. Instead of sticking to one shade, grab five spring-ready shades and use them all, painting each finger a different color. These hues can be part of the same family—think blues, turquoise, and teals, or they can be a mix like purple, pink, yellow, green, and orange. To perfect the trend, start with the brightest color on your thumb and go in order from lightest to darkest. This look is playful and easy to rock—no nail art needed.
Speaking of nail art, yep—that’s a trend, too. But this year's nail art is all about minimalism. And don’t fret, simple graphics don’t have to be mundane. From negative space and simple lines to tiny florals and gilded tips, 2022's designs are totally wearable and easy to DIY at home. With a few simple nail tools, you can add graphic shapes and designs to your tips in a short amount of time. Just have fun—there’s no right or wrong way to rock this trend.
Say hello to terracotta: the new nude on the block. Nude nails have pretty much been on-trend forever, but this year's most popular colors are deeper, richer, and more appealing on a variety of skin tones. Terracotta is like a mix between burnt orange and camel, and it’s so chic-looking on your tips. We like to consider it the pumpkin spiced latte of the nail world. It’s that good.
Green nails are another hue gaining in popularity this year, and it's no surprise. Winter was all about deep, rich, forest-like greens in favor of burgundy and black, and the shade is here to stay in lighter and brighter versions that work for other seasons, too—think mint, olive, and teal.
Touches Of Metallic
There’s something special about glitz and sparkle on a manicure, even when it's not New Year's Eve. This season, try using it subtly—think specks of gold foil, a single coat of shimmer over bare nails, over even glittery tips as an updated French manicure.
From neons to checkerboard prints to classic French tips, you guessed it: old-school styles are back and hotter than ever. We’ll never say no to a 90’s-inspired manicure. If you wore it in your teens, chances are it’s back in style this year—these nostalgic styles are backing their debut on the nail scene in a big way.