Elevated Shades We Can Depend On: Here Are 4 Nail-Color Trends to Try in 2022

  • Manicures are one of the easiest ways to express your sense of style.

  • Nail colors expected to trend in 2022 range from royal purple to rich pastels.

  • We asked nail experts to weigh in on what shades you can expect in 2022.

It's long been said that your nail-polish shade can affect your mood, meaning you can manifest good vibes and energy or reflect on a nostalgic memory by choosing the right color. If you want to feel cheery, simply select an equally vibrant color for your nails. If you want to achieve an inner sense of calm, pick a soft and tranquil shade.

After another tumultuous year under our belts, the nail-polish shades we're reaching for in 2022 are all about elevated basics that just look good, whether we're outside or at home. Give us royal purples, greens, and pastels - anything that breathes new life into our manicure and, therefore, our overall outlook on life as we continue to get used to our "new normal." We can anticipate shades that are "a bit more casual and wearable," Rita Remark, Essie global lead educator, told POPSUGAR.

Because we continue to broach uncharted waters, there has been a general pull toward colors that will undoubtedly work for any occasion, and that will still keep us on-trend. "Another homage to the '90s, pastels are making a huge come back in 2022," celebrity manicurist and owner of Nails of LA Brittney Boyce said of the resurgence of the '90s aesthetic seen everywhere. And while not all trends need to make a reappearance, we're more than happy to make an exception for stylish nails. Keep reading to see the nail-color trends of 2022 that we'll be wearing until further notice.

- Additional reporting by Jessica Harrington

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