The Nail Colours You'll Be Seeing Everywhere In 2022

As we slowly settle into the New Year, it’s a time when many of us look to a fresh start — be it a wellness resolution you’ve promised to stick to longer than the month of January, promising to finally take that career leap, or for some, a change of scenery. But, what’s often overlooked can be a need to refresh and revive our beauty. Specifically, our nails. 

Forget what you’ve been told, that certain nail colours are only reserved for particular seasons, and instead, look to the vibrant and refreshing hues set to dominate the next 12 months. Don’t think that your sparkling mani was only reserved for New Year’s night, because iridescent, glittering and shimmering colours are ready to take centre stage in 2022. From OPI’s perfectly subtle shine in ‘Happy Anniversary’ to Betina Goldstein’s effortless execution of glowing gold tips, prepare to add an extra dose of glow this year.

Just as it has in previous years, Pantone’s Colour Of The Year never fails to dictate trends — and this coming year is no different. ‘Very Peri’, a warming, bold lavender tone, is preparing to find itself seeped across fashion, beauty and even home, so why not get a head start and look to the nail colours that’ll get you ahead of the pack. Our picks? Smith & Cult’s ‘She Said Yeah’ and Essie’s ‘Lilacism’.  

Manicures don’t need to stick to simple styling rules to be chic, they can play with colour to bring an instant mood boost. This year, get ready to see rainbow colours in daring designs everywhere you turn, with eye-catching tips you can make all your own. Better yet, opt for an already curated set of polishes that allows for endless inspiration. 

If you thought the beauty world’s obsession with nostalgia was preparing to drift in 2022, think again. Now more than ever nails are becoming a place to experiment with 2000s trends, including nail stickers that lean into Y2K themes (think smiley faces, block letters and even cowboy hats). Stick to a simple base and colour to really make the stickers pop. While most nail trends for the year ahead tend to sway toward maximalism, another huge trend set to dominate our fingertips is an old classic — nude, barely-there polish. Forever chic and sophisticated, and effortlessly simple, you can never go wrong with going back to basics.