These 9 Nail Colour Trends Will Be the Most Popular in 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 MO reigns supreme. Painting my nails has become my happy place, and while I absolutely love the boost a shiny new colour gives my mood and confidence, the actual process of painting my nails—or even going to the salon—is one of my favourite ways to wind down and turn the world off for a second. 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 colours will pop more than others in 2022. (I love some inspiration, after all.) To get some intel, I reached out to two top nail pros for their predictions on which nail colours will eclipse all others this year. Below, find nine popular nail colours for 2022 to consider for your next paint job. Keep scrolling! 

Colour #1: Soft White


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"A clean, soft white that gives a sense of simplicity and inner peace will be big in 2022," shares celebrity manicurist Sigourney Nuñez. "My favourite soft white right now is Perfect Pearl from Pleasing."

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Colour #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."

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Colour #3: Tender Pink


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"A gentle and powdery take on a staple shade," continues Nuñez. "My favourite 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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Colour #4: Transformative Toppers


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"Although it's not quite a 'colour' 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 favourite shade and watch it transform. Another favourite topper is gold. You can add a hint of metallic finish to any shade by layering it on top."

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Colour #5: Celadon Green


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"I love this creamy shade of celadon," shares celebrity nail artist and founder of Nails of LA Brittney Boyce. "I think we'll be seeing colours that are opaque and pigmented rather than sheer."

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Colour #6: Blue Crush


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"In general, warm, bright shades will be big in 2022—whether it's green, blue, orange or lilac," adds Boyce. 

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Colour #7: Olive


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"Colours will tend to run on the warmer side to be more universally flattering across skin tones," says Boyce. "A rich shade of olive—green will be so big in 2022—is a great option."

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Colour #8: Warm Sand


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"Sand tones, rather than a typical light pink–based neutral, will trend in 2022," notes Boyce. (Maybe consider retiring your collection of baby pink?)

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Colour #9: Creamy Purple


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According to Boyce, the 2022 way to do purple will be creamy, opaque and lilac-esque. Vertigo, a sold-out shade from Machine Gun Kelly's new brand UN/DN Laqr, is her top pick, but it's only available in the U.S. right now. We found a few other options you can get your hands on now.

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Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.