Spring Nail Designs for 2022

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Sure, a clairvoyant rodent has declared that winter weather will linger this year, but that doesn’t mean you need to delay any plans to start transitioning your nail art for spring. If you’re already counting down the days until the start of the season, you can absolutely put your spring fever to use planning spring nail designs.

If you’re curious what shades will be in favor this spring, you can expect to see lavender and chartreuse taking over as some of the top nail color trends for 2022. You might incorporate either into a simple swirl design or French tip, or go with the classic spring nail designs that make a return each year, eg miniature butterflies, flowers, or citrus fruits. You’re only limited by your imagination (and the dimensions of a pretty small canvas).

Whether you want to get a head start or wait for the official start of spring to retire winter-inspired art, it doesn’t hurt to start scouting out some fresh ideas in advance. Here are some nail designs for the spring to consider for upcoming manicures, plus everything you need to know to pull them off at home. (Related: 2022 Nail Trends You’ll Want to Bookmark to Show Your Manicurist)

If there’s one pattern that screams “spring,” it’s the red and white gingham check that you’d find on a classic picnic blanket. Whether or not you have any intention of dining al fresco, you can bring the instantly-recognizable pattern to your nails by following these steps from New Jersey-based nail artist Samantha Gowe.

Adorning your nails with paint strokes is one way to channel your inner artist. The beauty of this spring nail design is that you don’t have to be too precious about it — the layered paint strokes are meant to look imperfect. Here’s how Long Island, New York-based celebrity nail artist Elle Gerstein achieved the look.

This design combines two trends: negative space (ie leaving color off of part of your nail) and curvy lines. Gowe went with a bright coral shade, but you could also use pistachio, creamsicle, or any other spring-friendly color you’re loving ATM. (Related: Valentine’s Day Nail Designs You’ll Fall Hard for This Year)

For an elegant vibe, try this negative space design from Gerstein. To achieve the perfect dot accent, you can use a dotting tool dipped in polish or adhere a rhinestone with adhesive, as shown above. Either way, you’ll achieve cute spring nail art that you’ll look forward to showing off.

You can’t go wrong with a dreamy, marbleized manicure that incorporates complementary spring-appropriate shades. The trick to a marbled look is to apply multiple colors and swirl them together using a detail brush. Here are more specifics on how Melinda Carrillo, a nail artist at Pear Nova Studio in Chicago, achieved the above spring nail design. (Note: Carillo used gel polish, but you can follow the same steps with regular polish, allowing your nails to dry rather than curing them under a UV light as indicated.)

One of the easiest spring nail designs to try, this technique transforms your fingernails into mini speckled eggs. Go with a classic robin’s-egg blue or try a Skittles (ie mismatched) manicure, as Gowe showed off above. (Related: Spring Nail Colors to Add to Your Collection)

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