While we love award season for the updos and glamorous makeup, we're pretty partial to the red carpet manicures. Pastels, jewel tones, and a bevy of nail art designs are always good for some eye candy — and some serious DIY  inspiration. We'll be rounding up the best fingertip moments from all of the award shows, from the Golden Globes to the Oscars to the most recent American Music Awards. Stand by for envy-inducing hands!
At the American Music Awards, Taylor wore Essie Bordeaux polish  ($9) on short nails for a chic, vampy look.
Meghan wore Essie Spin the Bottle polish  ($9) with subtle black floral nail art to the American Music Awards.
Jessie matched her nails to her cream suit at the American Music Awards using Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish in Fake Bake  ($10).
At the American Music Awards, Olivia wore Essie  polishes ($9) in Licorice  and Good as Gold  in a retro half-moon design.
Jennifer's nails at the American Music Awards were so much more than a standard stiletto manicure — she wore red glitter on the undersides of her claws to stand out.
Jordin rocked a glittery chrome manicure to the American Music Awards that perfectly matched her pewter sequined gown.
At the 2014 Emmy Awards, Sarah wore Essie 's Cocktails and Coconuts lacquer with gold striping tape, a manicure that perfectly complemented her diamond and gold jewelry.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus  stepped out on the 2014 Emmys red carpet wearing Essie 's Mamba, a pale shimmering mauve.
Natalie wore an inky, edgy manicure to the 2014 Emmy Awards.
Kerry coordinated her nails to her dress at the 2014 Emmy Awards.
At the 2014 Emmy Awards, Kate chose a dark manicure that contrasted beautifully with her pale gown.
At the 2014 Emmy Awards, Michelle Dockery accented her sleek nude manicure with a row of glittery rings.
Debra chose a Fall-forward shade of gray for her manicure for the 2014 Emmy Awards.
Keke Palmer's long, nude nails looked elegant and striking against her navy gown at the 2014 Emmy Awards.
Celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik used hot pink nail tape to create a simple yet eye-catching manicure on Zooey at the 2014 Emmy Awards.
At the 2014 Emmy Awards, Kiernan paired a baby-pink manicure with a sweet bow ring.
Teyonah attended the 2014 Emmy Awards with a rosy-pink manicure that matched her stunning ring.
Taylor matched her nails to her nude dress at the 2014 Emmy Awards with a few coats of Essie 's Cocktails and Coconuts.
Heidi's long, almond-shaped nails (by celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik) at the 2014 Emmy Awards elongated her graceful fingers. Get this look with a shade like L'Oréal Paris's Colour Riche Nail Polish in Doutzen’s Nude.
At the 2014 Emmy Awards, Lena wore 12th Street Rag, a pink chrome lacquer by Deborah Lippmann .
Nicki may be toning down her beauty looks, but her nails at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were just as wild as ever!
Rita's custom nail look at the MTV VMAs cost $56,000. Yes, that's one expensive manicure  thanks to Azature.
Victoria set off her neon green clutch with a hot pink manicure at the MTV VMAs.
Lord's French acrylic manicure at the MTV VMAs was definitely a blast from the past.
Beyoncé's silver nail polish matched her MTV VMA moonman. You can get the exact shade at home. It's Nails Inc. Cambridge Terrace  ($10).
Iggy's manicure at the MTV VMAs had a disco-ball effect next to her Versace  dress.
Decked out in all white, Jordin added a splash of color with a blood-red manicure at the MTV VMAs.
This nude, studded manicure complemented Jamie's engagement ring at the MTV VMAs.
At the MTV VMAs, Gwen opted for an inky, black manicure to match her tough-girl belt.
At the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, Shay Mitchell sported a dark, vampy manicure with diamond-studded statement nails.
Nina Dobrev  chose a soft pink manicure with a subtle glitter tip at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
Celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp gave Lea Michele  this black and pink multimanicure for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
Jennifer Lopez  wore her nails long and nude to the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
Lea opted for a petal-pink style at the Kids' Choice Awards.
Victoria's minty polish was superfresh at the Kids' Choice Awards.
Pink nails were Ariana's look du jour at the Kids' Choice Awards.
Usually one for elaborate nail looks, Bella went night and neutral at the Kids' Choice Awards.
Actress Ryan had fun, pink nail art at the Kids' Choice Awards.
Actress Coco applied sparkling sequins to her nails at the Kids' Choice Awards.
Jayma's navy blue polish was superchic at the Kids' Choice Awards.
It was an opaque pale pink for the first-time Oscar nominee.
For the Oscars, Lisa Jachno of labnails  did the actress's digits in Lancome Vernis in Love lacquer in Gris Angora  ($15), a lovely light gray hue.
The Oscar nominee went short and sweet with a rounded square tip.
The Oscar presenter chose a deep, vampy red that matched her lip color.
The actress picked pale pink to complement her sparkling Jenny Packham  dress at the Oscars.
The Oscar presenter showed off clear lacquer on her short and perfectly polished nails.
Going against her wild style, the singer picked a long peach nail for the Oscars.
Smile! Rita Ora brought out the fun side of nail art for the Grammys.
At the Grammys, a close-up of Madonna 's hands shows lots of bling from her gloves to her rings and her glittery french manicure .
Kelly Osbourne may have the best manicure we have seen so far this award season with this black polish topped with a replica of a Grammy award.
Sara Bareilles went with a black nail polish to add a moody feeling to her otherwise bright ensemble at the Grammy Awards.
The glimmer of Paris Hilton 's Grammy Awards ensemble didn't stop at her dress — her nails also had a silvery shine.
Skylar Grey went with a khaki manicure to match her tan leather dress on the Grammys red carpet.
It was gold jewelry and a gilded, mirrored manicure for Cyndi Lauper at the Grammys.
In an embellished take on the half-moon manicure, Bonnie McKee added stones all around her cuticles for the Grammys.
This white-out nail polish really popped against Rocsi Diaz's hot pink clutch on the SAG Awards red carpet.
While her dress was a pale blue, Hannah Simone went with a pastel orange shade on her nails at the SAG Awards.
Anna Gunn showed of her team spirit at the SAGS with her Breaking Bad clutch, and we love her gray manicure, too!
On the SAG Awards red carpet, Stuart Brazell picked a gilded metallic polish that picked up the bronze in her dress.
Matching your clutch to your nails isn't a bad idea, and Renee Bargh had a perfectly gold pair on the SAGs red carpet.
We have come to expect amazing manicures from Kelly Osbourne, and she didn't disappoint on the SAG Awards red carpet with a bedazzled accent nail.
White dress, white nails. We can't get enough of Lupita's matching color scheme at the Critics' Choice Awards.
At first glance you might think Nia Long's nail polish matches her black dress from the Critic's Choice red carpet, but the closeup shows the shade is actually a vampy purple hue.
The theme for Elisabeth Rohm's Critics' Choice beauty look was retro. Her nude manicure had a simple bare line down the middle.
At the Critics' Choice Awards, Aisha Tyler went with a two-toned manicure, mixing lavender and black shades.
Margot Robbie was fully prepared for her handbag closeups on the Critics' Choice red carpet with her nude almond-shaped manicure.
Adèle Exarchopoulos wore an inky black shade to accept her Critics' Choice Award.
A peach and silver manicure adorned the nails of Kerry Washinton at the Golden Globe Awards.
Emerald green was the color of Kaley Cuoco's manicure at the Golden Globe Awards.
Always the nail art lady to watch, Zooey Deschanel  painted a flower motif on her nails using L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Versailles Romance in Crème Puffs, L'Oreal Paris Magic Top Coat Collection in True Gold, and L'Oreal Paris Colour RIche Nail in I Will!
A sparkling, ombré manicure looked darling on Monica Potter at the Golden Globes.
Reese Witherspoon 's maroon-hued nails at the Golden Globes red carpet were perfect for the season.
Lupita Nyong'o's nails were painted a neutral beige at the Golden Globe Awards. The shade was achieved using one coat of Deborah Lippmann 's Naked  ($17) followed by a coat of Diamonds and Pearls  ($17).
Nude nails were a trend on the Golden Globes red carpet, and Sarah Hyland wore the hue well.
Opting for a classic, Lizzy Caplan painted her nails red for the Golden Globe Awards.
Before accepting her award for best supporting actress, Jennifer Lawrence showed off a dark burgundy nail polish hue — Deborah Lippmann's Bitches Brew  ($17) — that was similarly close to her lipstick shade of the night.
Rashida Jones's dark brown nail polish was a nice complement to her cream colored dress at the Golden Globes.
Leslie Mann's all-black manicure was super chic at the Golden Globe Awards.
Aubrey Plaza opted for a glossy nude manicure at the Golden Globes.
Keeping with her subdued look of the night, Naomi Watts  opted for a shiny neutral manicure at the Golden Globes.
Amber Heard opted for shimmering bronze nails on the Golden Globes red carpet.
Emilia Clarke's crimson manicure was a classic at the Golden Globes.
Hayden Panettiere  opted for a warm peach manicure at the Golden Globes.
Julia Roberts  got her digits done by celebrity manicurist Lisa Jachno of Labnails . Jachno shaped Julia’s nails into a square shape using a Labnails taped file before painting them with Lancôme’s Midnight Rose polish — a dark, vampy shade.
Nude nails were a trend on the People's Choice Awards red carpet, and Lucy Hale wore them well.
Heidi Klum 's nude manicure was heavenly at the People's Choice Awards.
Who said emerald green wasn't a neutral? Jessica Alba  had us dying to try the trendy hue at the People's Choice Awards.
Anyone who plays with their nail art is good in our book, so Sara Bareilles's gold and red manicure at the People's Choice Awards was a serious treat.
A dusty blue manicure looked chic and slick on Queen Latifah  at the People's Choice Awards.
Naya Rivera posed with her dark metallic brown manicure and her trophy at the People's Choice Awards.
Anna Faris 's ballerina pink manicure matched her flesh-toned gown perfectly.
At the People's Choice Awards, Jennifer Hudson  opted for a completely textured manicure that looked like glittering scales.