52 Chic Smokey Nail Designs for 2022

This edgy new trend of smokey nail designs goes way beyond some black and grey swirly patterns. This incredibly stylish look is far more versatile than you might think and we went through thousands of nail designs to find our favorites and we covered a little bit of everything. Whether you’re doing this yourself or you want some inspiration to show your nail tech, we’ve got you covered.

From the standard dark colors to the bright neon smoke designs we’ve got you covered. I’m a huge fan of this look and how it lets you highlight your own look.

Grabbing life by the fires before they go out. 💅🔥

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We’re starting this collection with these pretty black nails. I love a matte finish on black nails because it gives off such a crisp and clean look.
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We’ve got a softer look now with these pretty pink nails with these gorgeous smokey white details. I love how classy this design is.
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Here’s a really beautiful abstract design. We’ve got a black and white smokey look that’s topped with some Louis Vuitton nail art.
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Here’s quite the unique look. We’ve got these fully clear nails which are designed with black smoke all over. I love how these nails look like clear glass with smoke you can clearly see.
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We’re moving on to a nail set with a bit more color to it. We’ve got these full multi-colored bright nails that have this cute thin white border.
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Here’s a really beautiful matte look that’s topped with a nice matte coat. I absolutely love the subtle smokey design on the nails.
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Here we’ve got these sleek grungy nails with really unique tips. Instead of your typical black tips, we’ve got these smokey ones that fade out.
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If you’re a fan of ombré nails, you might want to give this one a try. It’s quite similar to a classic ombré, except that you can see a bit more texture.
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Here’s a really beautiful black nail set with some really sharp edges. I really love the mixture of the smokey pink tips with the stark black as it makes the color pop better.
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We’ve got these pretty green smokey tips that also feather out at the end. I love the thick gold foil chunks, which complement the green polish underneath. Gold and green nails give this fantastic luxury look and the smokey design just adds so much uniqueness to this look.
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Here’s another beautiful nail set that leans more towards the grunge side. I really like how the smoke design is complemented with some silver toppers that match the smoke color.
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We’re adding a bit more color to your life with these pretty multi-colored nails. I love how the base remains simple and clear while the design really adds a bright pop of color to it. You really don’t need to stick to dark colors like black and grey, smokey nail designs can look fantastic with some bright colors.
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Here’s another classy-looking nail set. I like how we’ve got two smokey nail variations, one with a bit more white to it and the other that’s more of white smoke floating through the dark.
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I’ve always found gray and pink to be quite the interesting color combination because of how bland gray is in comparison to pink. I think that this look surprisingly works, though!
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I think that this is a pretty well-balanced look. We’ve got a bit more structure with the lined tips and moons of the nail, while the flowy aspect comes from the blue smokey effect.
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I am absolutely in love with this colorway. I love how this set is just a mixture of a bunch of warm and vibrant colors that just can’t help but make you happy.
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I really love how easily purple can turn into such a classy color. This set looks so luxe, especially because of the glitter and gem toppers.
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We’re adding a bit of sophistication to your life with these glamorous red nails. I think that the more subtle smokey nails go so well with the really bright and large red gems.
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Here’s a full black nail set with some smokey white detailing. I also really like the subtle black and silver glitter waves that add more depth to the look.
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Here’s a pretty cool-looking nail set. I like how they used this nice coffin shape as it really achieves the effect of smokey just going around a clear glass jar.
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Here’s a nail set that’s got more of an animalistic feel to it. We’ve got these almond-shaped nails that resemble animal claws.
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If you want a nail set that’s a mix of simple and sophisticated, then these are the nails for you. I love the simple natural background that’s topped with these black smokey details found mostly on the tips of the nails.
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This nail set is definitely one dedicated to the beautiful bodies found in space. We’ve got these gorgeous smokey bases that are topped with some bright white moons and stars.
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We’ve seen a glimpse of the dark night sky, but have you seen the beautiful colors in them too? Here’s a galaxy nail set that’s got so much color and depth to it.
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I’m absolutely in awe of these gorgeous pretty magenta nails. I find this color so beautiful even when it’s a bit lighter because of the smokey effect.
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I think that this nail set shows a wonderful use of some black smokey nails. Just look at how beautiful the gold foil details on top are!
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Here’s a full black nail set that utilizes two different finishes. The black base has a matte finish, while the black details shine because of the glossy finish.
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Here’s a very simple nail set that looks so beautiful because of the tiny details added. The design reminds me again of a bright galaxy, especially because of the pretty sparkles.
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We’ve got this gorgeous pink nail set that’s got quite a lot going on. My favorite design has to be the beautiful blue glitter nail which breaks up all the pink in this nail set.
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Here we’ve got these nice long white French tips that are simply topped with some black smokey details. So simple yet beautiful!
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Here’s a nail set with more subtle colors. I like the mix of light pink and purple, which serves as a very nice base for the white clouds and sparkles.
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We’re bringing you more vibrant colors with this nail set. I especially love the gorgeous gold foil details, which add some lightness to the bright colors.
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We have a pretty ombré design that goes from some black smoke to some clear nails. I love this realistic-looking effect!
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I know that we all think of the ocean when we look at these nails. Just look at how the gorgeous white details mix in with the deep blue. It’s such a familiar scene!
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Here’s some more color to brighten up your life! This nail set can’t help but remind me of playing paintball because of how the colors blend once you get shot with paint.
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If you want a soft glam, then these pink and blue ombré nails are perfect for you! I really love how soft a white smokey look looks!
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This nail set is filled with these gorgeous vibrant colors that make me feel so alive! I love how it almost reminds me of the reflections from holographic polish.
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Here’s a really elegant nail set that’s overall pretty simple. I really think that this emerald green with the gold combination just gives off such a regal feel.
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If you’re a fan of the Tokyo Ghoul anime, then you’re going to love this set. I love the uniform design they made on most of the nails.
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Here’s another nail set that mixes more rigid elements with flowy ones. I think that the nice curved tips with the smokey pink are such a good pairing.
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This nail set makes me feel as if I’m looking at the emerald crystal. If you need a bit of added strength to all parts of your body, then this set is for you.
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If you want a set that looks a bit wilder with that rugged feel, then these smokey tips topped with some textured gold detailing are perfect for you!
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If you’re thinking of a design that would look so good with your fully painted nails, then you might want to consider these pretty smokey accent nails.
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When I look at these nails, I feel as if I’m looking at paintings in a museum. I think that a black and white smokey design really just gives off that feeling!
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We’ve seen quite a lot of black smokey designs on clear nails in this collection, but I love how it’s paired with a trippy-looking black rose!
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If you’re in need of a soft posh look, then these pink and white nails are perfect for you. I especially love the pretty clear gems on the light pink nails!
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We’re ending this collection with these cool white smokey nails with a subtle pop of color. I love how we’ve got these rainbow micro-tips that really focus on the neon green color.

I know most of us will find smokey nail designs expecting some fairly simple smokey nail art but this look has so much more to it. Our inspiration photos come from user submissions and open sources and we’ll always give credit. All of the fantastic styles belong to their respective owners. If we’ve got a credit wrong or you’d rather we don’t feature you – just drop us an email.

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