4 Nail Art Trends To Try in 2022, According to Experts

From shimmers and sparkles to nail wraps.

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Whether you’re busy making mood boards on the first day of the year or lean more into an “it’s already written in the stars” outlook—there are plenty of nail art ideas to inspire new beauty looks in 2022. It’s easy to spiral down a nail art rabbit hole while scrolling through Instagram, and no there’s no guarantee that you still won’t be stumped by the time you get to the nail salon.

To help make the process easier, we checked in with experts to find out which 2022 nail trends you should add to your saved folder, stat. So what’s on the list? “We need a bit of happy on our nails,” says celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik. “For 2022, I think the choice of colors is going to be a bit brighter and more energetic. Plan on seeing more effects like shimmers and sparkles. Metallic accents always work, and DIY nail care, easy nails, and nail art press-ons.”

Ahead, four nail trends to carry you through each season of the new year.

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1 Galaxy Nails

We love this celestial-inspired mix of deep navy and purple polishes to the moon and back. Put your own spin on these out-of-this-world manis by adding your astrological sign or going for a marbled effect with different shades of glittery polish.

4 Aurora Nails

When we slide into spring, take this twist on the Northern Lights for a spin. Whether you go light or dark on the base, it’ll be the high-shine streaks of iridescent metallic polish on top that will mesmerize onlookers.

7 Nail Wraps
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Summer 2022 will call for frequent switch-ups of vibrant and colorful nail looks. Nail wraps will help make the process a whole lot easier and more fun. Case in point: these neon green and black snakeskin print blkbx ❤ Tom Bachik Nail Wraps, created in a collaboration between Bachik and singer-songwriter Grace Gaustad.

10 Desert Nails

For folks who love lots of detail, consider having a full-on landscape painted on your digits. These gorgeous desert scenes tap all the tones of a cactus, sand, and sun terrain.

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