Summer is hot, and our hair can only stand so much humidity. Thankfully, most nail salons have AC. So skip a few of the outdoor activities this season, head straight to your favorite nail tech, and treat yourself to these summer nails for 2022.
Even if you’re a part of the rare breed of humans that has a steady enough hand to paint your own nails, these trendy designs can be done at home, too. But we can’t make any promises on the AC. Take that up with your landlord.
Whether you go short or long, natural or acrylic, bold or dainty, you’re bound to find your 2022 summer soulmate manicure on this list we’ve compiled for you.
30 Summer Nail Designs to Bring to Try In 2022
1. Ancient Art Inspired Nails
Instead of dropping half of your paycheck at Anthropologie on a single plate with this gorgeous pattern, ask your nail tech to take a stab at this eye-catching design.
2. 70s Floral Summer Nails
Summer is all about bold colors, so go bright with this one! The pattern will look much better on your nails than it does on your grandma’s bathroom walls, we promise.
3. Euphoria Graphic Nails
These nails are perfect if you’re anxiously awaiting season three of HBO’s hit series. And yes, you can totally enjoy them without having to take drugs at a carnival.
4. Berry Manicure
We’ve been struggling to get our five servings of fruit per day since we found out a frozen strawberry margarita doesn’t count. We’re pretty sure these juicy nails make up for it.
5. Flaming Tips
Need to roast a marshmallow? No fire near by? Not to worry! You can just but out this hot manicure in a pinch.
6. Hot Pink Nails
We agree with Elle Woods. Whoever said orange is the new pink was seriously disturbed. This classic summer color never goes out of style, unlike unsupportive boyfriends who were so last season.
7. Green Summer Wave Nails
It might be impossible to maintain the perfect beachy waves in your hair once the humidity hits, but these summer waves will at last you at least a week. As long as you don’t break a nail opening a White Claw again.
8. Chrome Nails
Chrome nails > Google Chrome. Unless you’re using it to search for cheap flights to a beach. We call window seat!
9. Peachy Nude Nails
If you’re not quite ready for skinny dipping, just let your nails go naked instead.
10. Dainty Polka Dot Nails
Luckily, you don’t have to have too steady of a hand to pull this one off at home. So feel free to give it a short after your second (or fifth) margarita.
11. Distorted Checkerboard
The colors and wavy movement on this mani give the perfect update to the checkered nails trend. The only downside is that they’re not as easy to match with your favorite Vans sneakers.
12. Baseball Nail Design
If you get dragged to a ball game this summer, these nails will help you fit in with the sports crowd. Would we get our nails done like this if we didn’t know what an RBI is?
13. Marble Nails
You can’t lose your marbles if they’re all on the tips of your fingers! At least that’s what we tell our therapist.
14. Animal Print Accent Nails
Snooki woke up from her winter hibernation and started layering on the self tanner when she heard that animal print was back. And, honestly, so did we!
15. Lisa Frank Nostalgia
The bright colors of Lisa Frank designs are perfect for the summer season. These nails will guarantee that you’re the coolest kid in the classroom. Which unfortunately, is now a cubicle in an office with a loud coworker who always eats fish for lunch.
16. Mismatched Statement Nails
Can’t decide on one manicure that fits all of your personalities? Give each nail it’s own design! We save our pinky finger personality for Friday nights and every other holiday.
17. Smiley Face Nails
Aren’t you happy it’s summer? Show it with this manicure. Add a frowny face to your middle finger if your boss isn’t letting you leave early on Fridays.
18. Bold Gold Nail Art
This gold design is literally dripping down the nails. Maybe you should step out of the sun and into the shade?
19. Lipstick-Shaped Nails
Try a new nail shape this summer, like this edgy lipstick look. No matter what design you put on it, you’ll be catching people’s eyes everywhere you go. But like seriously, they can be kinda dangerous.
20. Neon Two-Tone
If a summer carnival met a rave and then got smothered in cotton candy, it would look like this neon nail design. Thankfully, it’s not as sticky as any of those things.
21. Matte finish
Matte nails are great for when you don’t want to accidentally blind your brunch date when the sun hits your hands.
22. Black French Tips
This manicure is the classic French’s evil twin. She’s smoking cigarettes, drives a corvette, and got invited to Pete Davidson’s birthday party. Say hi to Kim for us.
23. Warm Graphics
This two-toned tan design looks so chic on nails. But slightly less chic on your back when you couldn’t quite reach all the spots with the sunscreen.
24. Chlorinated Blue Nails
Blue wavy nails extending this deep, you’ll want to make sure the lifeguard is on duty. He should fit nicely on your thumbnail.
25. Tiny Floral Nails
If you buy another plant from Trader Joe’s, you’re going to forget to water it again. If you get these plants on your nails, they won’t die until you hit them with some acetone.
26. Lace Nails
Since 2022 is one of the biggest wedding seasons ever, you may be in need of a cute white design. As a bonus, this works for a manicure and your “something old.”
27. Hawaiian-Inspired Floral Nails
These nails will help you pretend that you’re finally on the tropical vacation you’ve needed for about five years. Just close your eyes. take a deep breath in, and smell the…nail polish? Ok let’s stick to the visual senses.
28. Star-Studded Mani
Kristen Schaal may be the star of The Bob’s Burger movie this summer, but these nails will be the star of everything else.
29. Slithering Snake Nails
You don’t have to go camping this summer to enjoy a little nature. Add a slithering critter to your fingertips and call yourself outdoorsy.
30. Mismatched Summer French
Classic French nails say “‘I’ll see you at the Kentucky Derby.” This updated twist says, “I’ll see you by the Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Machine.”