Identified Nail Colors for 2022

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Identified Nail Colors for 2022

I don’t know about you, but I never get nail fatigue. In fact, as much as I love buying new makeup, switching up my skincare routine, or trying something different with my hair, shifting my nail M.O. reigns supreme. Painting my nails has become my happy place, and while I absolutely love the boost a shiny new color gives my mood and confidence, the actual process of painting my nails—or even going to the salon—is one of my favorite ways to wind down and turn the world off for a second. Do you know what I mean?

I don’t typically buy into trends when it comes to my mani of choice (I’ll paint my nails any hue I damn well please, thank you very much), but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in finding out which nail colors will pop more than others in 2022. (I love some inspiration, after all.) To get the 411, I reached out to two top nail pros for their predictions on which nail colors will eclipse all others next year. Below, find nine popular nail colors for 2022 to consider for your next paint job. Keep scrolling!

Color #1: Soft White

PHOTO: COURTESY OF PLEASING
“A clean, soft white that gives a sense of simplicity and inner peace will be big in 2022,” shares celebrity manicurist Sigourney Nuñez. “My favorite soft white right now is Perfect Pearl from Pleasing.”

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Olive & June Nail Polish in Bunny Slope
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Color #2: Salted Caramel

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“Think of this as a new take on a nude that’s brighter than your classic tan,” notes Nuñez. “This shade will give a soft, upbeat feeling to a traditional muted nude mani. My personal favorite right now is Essie’s Expressive in Fueled Up.”

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Olive & June Nail Polish in Caramel Budino
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Color #3: Tender Pink

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“A gentle and powdery take on a staple shade,” continues Nuñez. “My favorite right now is Granny’s Pink Pearls by Pleasing—it even has a pearlescent finish.”

(Editor’s note: You can nab the shade when you buy Pleasing’s entire set below!)

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Essie Nail Polish in One for One
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Color #4: Transformative Toppers

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“Although it’s not quite a ‘color’ per se, nail polish toppers will be the dark horse of polish shades next year,” says Nuñez. “Pleasing’s Pearly Tops, for example, is a clear polish with a subtle iridescence that dries to a matte finish. It can be worn alone for a subtle effect, or you can apply it over your favorite shade and watch it transform. Another favorite topper is gold. You can add a hint of metallic finish to any shade by layering it on top. My favorite one is Gold Flake Taco by Holo Taco.”

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Pleasing Pearly Tops Polish
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Holo Taco Gold Flake Taco
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Color #5: Celadon Green

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“I love this creamy shade of celadon from Smith & Cult,” shares celebrity nail artist and Founder of Nails of LA, Brittney Boyce. “I think we’ll be seeing colors that are opaque and pigmented rather than sheer.”

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Deborah Lippmann Never Never Land Nail Polish in Lost In A Dream
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