While nearly nude nails win the award for favorite celebrity manicure color at the 2012 Emmys, there were a few deeper, edgier shades thrown into the mix. And then there was nail art loyalist Zooey Deschanel , who shook things up with an Emmy-themed manicure. See the top 10 nail looks from the red carpet in greater detail.
Sarah Hyland gave her French manicure a youthful spin, using Essie's Miss Fancy Pants ($8) as a base, topping it off with Nothing Else Metals($8) mixed with glitter on the tips.
Dressed in a shimmery, blush-hued Vivienne Westwood gown, Kerry Washington looked resplendent attired in a similarly toned and textured polish.
Jessica Paré's nails harked back to prenail art days, when a coat of barely there lacquer was more than enough.
Ginnifer Goodwin  gave her orange Monique Lhuillier frock a subtle lift with a noncompeting pink crème nail polish.
For her Emmys nails, Zooey Deschanel  turned to celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik, who created this melon and crystal-embellished style — complete with retro TV-inspired thumbs .
Looking like a modern seductress in her oxblood dress and lipstick, Kat Dennings topped her beauty look off with an dark and edgy nail lacquer.
Kelly Osbourne had tongues wagging after admitting her black-diamond manicure was valued at a whopping $250,000.
Always the epitome of glamour, Sofia Vergara chose a delicate petal pink color for her nails, allowing her turquoise Zuhair Murad gown to take center stage.
What better way to let a growing belly shine than by completing your overall ensemble with perfectly manicured nails?
She might not have had the most conventional of hairstyles, but Ashley Judd 's dark, richly hued nail polish was pure sophistication all the way.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel and Maria Del Russo