5 Nail Trends You Won't Be Able To Avoid In Fall 2022

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We've been in love with all the hottest summer nail trends of 2022. Between artsy swirly looks inspired by trippy fun, bold cow prints for a more creative spin on traditional animal-printed nails, and light, dreamy gradient styles, we can't get enough of the various summery nail trends. But as much as we enjoy these lovely looks for our nails, the summer season always flies by faster than we can blink. One minute, it feels like the season is only beginning, offering endless days of sunshine, swimming, and sunscreen, then the next minute, it's already September and time to put away our favorite short shorts, bikinis, and crop tops. How does time fly so fast?


As sad as it is to think about how fast the summer season goes by, it's not entirely bad; fall offers as many lovely trends and opportunities to express your style — just as long as you don't mind wearing some darker colors and more layers. Thus, we're so excited about all of fall 2022's nail trends; some will be everywhere.

1. Look on the bright side with neon nails

The year 2022 is all about dopamine dressing, which focuses on wearing brighter colors to improve your mood. If you've been enjoying the dopamine fashion trend, you're in luck: The dopamine nail trend is coming to match that radiant style. So, get ready to rock neon nail polish! The neon manicure trend is already starting to take off with over a million posts on Instagram, so everyone will be flaunting this look in the fall of 2022. Of course, you can never go wrong with sticking to one solid bright color on all your nails, but if you want to get more creative with it, you should try exploring neon French tips and color blocking.


If you're on the hunt for a new vibrant nail polish — or many new neon nail polishes, there are a plethora of options available. For instance, if you want more than one new nail polish, the Born Pretty Neon Nail Polish Fluorescent Bright Nail Lacquer 6PCS Set comes with vivid yellow, green, pink, orange, purple, and blue polishes and is even labeled "Amazon's Choice." Available on Amazon for below $20, this vibrant set has four out of five stars with more than 100 reviews.

2. Embrace Barbiecore with pink nails

Thanks to the upcoming new "Barbie" movie staring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling (via IMDb), nostalgia is having a moment with the Barbiecore fashion trend. The film is expected to release in 2023, so get ready to see lots of pink outfits, makeup, and of course, nails during the rest of 2022 and 2023. Therefore, the fall of 2022 is the perfect time to invest in some new pink nail polish to match all of your cutest outfits.


Anyone looking for a highly rated pink nail polish should check out the OPI Nail Polish, Infinite Shine Long-Wear Lacquer in the Two-Timing the Zones soft pink hue. Labeled "Amazon's Choice," this beautiful pink polish is available for less than $15. Earning 4.6 out of five stars and nearly 5,000 ratings, we think this pink product would make Barbie proud. Or, if you're searching for a bolder hot pink color, consider the Nina Ultra Pro Violet It Ride Nail Lacquer, available at Sally Beauty for only around $3. With such a low price and a four out of five-star rating, this trendy product seems like a steal.

3. Match your lip gloss with glossy nails

Just like how shiny lipgloss made a comeback, jelly nails are back and perfect for your next manicure. But even if you don't want to commit to full-on jelly nails, there are many variations of glossy manicures, whether that be adding an extra layer of top coat to your pink nails or simply rocking a clear manicure for a more minimalistic look. This fall 2022 nail trend can be as subtle or glassy as you desire; it's up to you!


If you like purple and want to give the jelly manicure a chance, you should consider the Berry Jelly sheer nail polish from Cirque Colors. Available for around $12, this vegan, cruelty-free nail polish has a near-perfect rating. Or, if you want to rock a classic clear polish for a low-key yet elegant, glassy appearance, the Sinful Colors Bold Color Nail Polish in Clear is available at Target for only around $2 — we can't think of a better deal. Meanwhile, if you prefer a glossy top coat to add some shine to any solid color in your roster, you should check out the Nina Ultra Pro Wet Glaze Nail Lacquer, available at Sally Beauty Supply for around $3, with a four-star rating. After all, we can't think of a better way to complement the glazed donut skincare trend than to flaunt some glazed nails!


4. Go for a half-moon design

The half-moon nail design is super cute and looks beautiful with fall colors. The idea of this nail trend is that most of your nail area will be coated in a solid hue, but starting at the bottom of the nail, one small area in the shape of a half-moon will be left natural. "It's also a go-to design for people who are traveling for two-plus weeks, as the bottom half of the nail, known as the fingernail moon, is left bare and can grow out a bit without it being too noticeable to the naked eye," Lilly Rojas, the co-founder of a nail salon, told PopSugar.


While you can always go to your local salon to get this look done to perfection, you can try it at home if you're up for the challenge. According to a YouTube video by Natalie's Creations, you can use those sticky reinforcing rings to block off the part of your nail that you want to leave natural and create the half-moon design when painting the nail polish color. So, it's not too advanced!

5. Rock dark blue and green hues

Anyone who likes a darker spin on the cool color palate should experiment with this fall nail trend. "An unexpected hit this year has been dark shades of green, and that's here to stay for fall," Steph Stone, a celebrity nail artist, told The Zoe Report. Thus, the fall of 2022 is an excellent time to use some dark emerald or olive green nail polishes. And if you prefer blue over green, you should be happy to know that darker blue hues will be trending, too. "Deep ocean shades are excellent choices to complement traditional fall wardrobes," Hemi Park, an educator at LeChat Nails, told The Zoe Report. If you feel adventurous, why not flaunt dark green polish on one of your hands and dark blue on the other?


If you hope to flaunt dark green fingernails during fall 2022, the OPI Nail Lacquer, Green Nail Polish in Stay Off the Lawn!! has the "Amazon's Choice" label with 4.7 out of five stars and more than 8,500 ratings. You can purchase it on Amazon for around $10. Moreover, the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in Midnight Drive Blue is available at Target for only about $5 and has more than 4 out of five stars with over 11,000 reviews.

We can't wait to try all these nail trends!