Cover These are the most beautiful nail art designs to try this summer 2022 (Photo: Getty Images)

Nothing brings more joy than a fresh manicure. With summer fast approaching, we spoke with top manicurists to find out the best nail designs and trendiest polish colours of the season

As we step into the warmer season, it’s time to switch up our wardrobes and experiment with beauty trends to celebrate new beginnings. In addition to stocking up essentials for beach days and evening parties, you may also want to update your manicure colour palette as summer approaches. After all, who doesn’t love a fresh, mood-boosting manicure?

Ahead, we’ve rounded up the biggest nail art trends this summer 2022, according to top industry experts Rachel Apfel Glass, founder of NYC-based salon Glosslab; Kerry Tsang, co-founder of Urban Chillez Nail Bar; as well as Christy Chan, founder of Ooh La La Nails.

From Insta-worthy checks to stylish whirls and pastel shades, keep reading for the trendiest manicures and colours to try this season.

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Pastel checks

For a playful spin on your regular manicure, this gorgeous design from Glosslab is sure to turn heads and boost your mood instantly. It’s a combination of two of the most popular nail trends of summer: pastels and checks.

To get in on the trend, pick an accent nail or two and add checkered patterns in clashing colours such as yellow and purple. Then, leave the rest with a clear base coat and add bright details that you love at the top, such as smiley faces, flowers and hearts for a fresh summer look.  

Shades of green

Greens of all different shades will continue to be popular for summer 2022, according to Rachel Apfel Glass, founder of Glosslab. “Many of our clients are requesting manicures with elegant olives, classy emeralds and even neon greens for something bright and fun," she says.

If you can’t decide on one colour, why not mix things up for a more vibrant result? You can also go for glossy and sparkling finishes, and apply small waves or checks along the edges.

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Dreamy pink nails

We all love classic red nails, but this season, make creamy pinks your go-to colours.

“Pink is always a popular shade for summer and this year is no exception,” says Glass. “Perfect for those who want a simple single-colour manicure, this hue is very feminine and will effortlessly fit into your favourite warm-season outfits.” 

Summertime whirls

Another stunning choice for hot weather, this cheerful manicure from Glosslab features swirls in peach hues against a pink nude base colour. The nail art is easy to wear and will look great on nails of all shapes. And if you want something a little more visually interesting, try different swirl patterns for each finger.

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Colourful nails

Celebrate the warmer weather with this candy-inspired nail art, which features a cheerful combination of pastels against a white base coat. “This is an excellent look for those who want to have some fun with their nails without being too flashy,” says Kerry Tsang, co-founder of Urban Chillez Nail Bar.

There’s no combination that will not work; express your playful side and get creative by playing around with various patterns, shapes, and angles. 

Iridescent pink nails

Metallics and glitters are a big trend at the moment, and it’s not stopping anytime soon.

“Consider using iridescent nail polishes if you want to elevate your classic single-colour manicure this season,” says Tsang. “They make for a mesmerising look in different angles of light! Pink hues are an incredibly versatile choice that will complement all skin tones.” 

Bright yellow nails

Bright yellow hues will be going strong (as usual) for summer this year, according to Christy Chan, founder of Ooh La La Nails. From pastels to solid neons, no matter what shade of yellow you pick, adding this colour to your nails will create a beautiful manicure to inspire joy and bring more positivity to your life.

Pro tip: Add a smiley face on a feature nail to make a subtle statement.

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Daisy art nails

No matter the season, floral nails are always a great idea. An Instagram-worthy creation, seen here at Ooh La La Nails, is a bright design that is sure to garner plenty of compliments. Pick an accent nail or two and add hand-painted daisies on top against a clear base coat to make the patterns stand out. The floral details look gorgeous when paired with pastels and purple shades—another major trend for summer.

Embrace the summer vibes and wear some gold jewellery for maximum impact.  


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