5 Cool Nail-Color Trends That Are Basically Like Summer in a Bottle

  • The best nail-polish color trends for summer 2022 include bright neons, soft pastels, and more.

  • Wearing bright colors on your nails can actually have a mood-boosting effect.

  • Three manicurists are sharing their nail-polish trend predictions for the new season.

It's like what Elle Woods said: Summer gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't kill their husbands - they just don't. (Or something like that.)

The same thing applies to the color of your nails. When you look down at your hands, the shade you're wearing can have a profound, physiological effect on your mood - just like sunlight, sex, or exercise. That makes painting on a fun chrome or cool blue polish the perfect way to get ready for the season. It's science. (But, like, please don't put us on trial.)

"Summer color trends are super bold, bright, and happy," Rita Remark, nail artist and Essie global lead educator, tells POPSUGAR. "It's all about choosing colors that give a dopamine rush, so it's trendy but also personal and expressive."

If you're curious to know the mood-boosting nail-polish hues that everyone will be wearing for summer 2022 - or looking for a reason to finally whip out your sandals in the coming weeks - we've asked a few professional manicurists to dish on their predictions for the season. From bold neons to more muted pastels, there's something for everyone and every beauty style. And of course, when in doubt, you can bet your money that classic, crisp, white nails won't be going anywhere anytime soon, so feel free to bust out that bottle along with the white pants you put away after Labor Day last year.

- Additional reporting by Jessica Harrington

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