How to nail the dopamine manicure

A big time rush

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / June 16 2022

Has the chill of winter sent you into an untimely bout of seasonal depression? 

Do you know what pairs perfectly with a snuggie and your comfort meal of choice? Mood-enhancing manicures. 

Introducing: Dopamine nails, the bright and colourful nail trend that’s set to activate some happy-making brain chemicals. 

So how can we make this new trend work for us (and our steadily declining serotonin levels)? 

Well, according to Rita Remark, Essie's global lead educator and nail artist, "the idea is to choose colours and/or designs that bring a rush of joy like a hit of dopamine specifically for you," as explained in an interview with POPSUGAR




"They may be on trend or they may not be, but if they genuinely make you happy, that's the main point," said Remark. 

"Choose bright, bold colours," she went on to say. “Nail stickers or even nail jewels can also be used for 'dopamine' nails. It's all about whatever makes you happiest."




Want to inject a bit of colour into your makeup routine too? This is the perfect time to get acquainted with the purple eyeshadow trend

Main image credit: @nailsbyzola

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).