The Many Manicures of the Met Gala
Last night's Met Gala saw some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood give their interpretations of the night's theme: "In America: An Anthology of Fashion." The event's dress code called for "gilded glamor," and viewers were treated to everything from literal interpretations of the theme (see: Cara Delevingne's gold body paint,) to more abstract spins, like Dove Cameron's futuristic ensemble. But some of the night's biggest wins were in the beauty details, particularly, the manicures.
Though stars like Precious Lee wowed with their gilded brows and monochromatic makeup, the manicures of the Met Gala were in a league of their own. Attendees wore everything from '90s supermodel manicures to avant-garde designs. Nicola Peltz Beckham followed a similar vein as her wedding manicure and went with a "tonal supermodel nude," created by manicurist Tom Bachik. Gabrielle Union took the classic french manicure up a notch and wore press-ons that also featured sculpted white roses and crystals. Cynthia Erivo even added gilded jewels to her extra-long nails for a manicure that just screamed opulence.
There were quite a few more manicures that made a splash throughout the night, so we rounded up the best nail-art moments from the Met Gala ahead.
Addison Rae's Crystal Nail Art
Addison Rae's Met Gala manicure was nothing short of sparkling. The look saw crystals all over her nails, with some going all the way down her fingers. "I was inspired by the look and feel of Addison's dress and wanted the nails to reflect the gunmetal tones," celebrity manicurist Natalie Minerva tells POPSUGAR. "We wanted to create something that felt organic and yet also futuristic at the same time."
Billie Eilish's Milk-Bath Manicure
Billie Eilish was the latest to join the milk-bath manicure trend. Her iteration of the manicure also included an ombré french design.
Cynthia Erivo's Bejeweled Nail Art
Cynthia Erivo has become known for her red carpet manicures, and last night's only further proved why. The actor wore extra-long nails with a black base color, and her manicurist, Gina Oh, added numerous jewels to give an extremely opulent finish.
Emma Chamberlin's 3D Lace Nail Art
Emma Chamberlin's nails were the cherry on top of her two-piece Louis Vuitton ensemble. "Emma had a classic ivory look, and we wanted the nails to reflect that while still making a statement," manicurist Betina Goldstein tells POPSUGAR. "We went with clean, long, coffin-shaped nails in a warm ivory tone and created a 3D lace effect in the same shade for a high-impact result."
Gabrielle Union's "Modern" Pointed French Tips
Gabrielle Union's pointed french tips got a "modern" makeover. "I decided that I would use french tips for Gabrielle but wanted it to have a modern touch, so I opted for the KISS Classy Nails Collection ($10)," celebrity manicurist Thuy Nguyen shared on Instagram. "I also added white roses and crystals to tie her full look with her nails."
Lori Harvey's Deep French Manicure
Lori Harvey was another celebrity who chose to wear a french manicure on the carpet. Her version was a "deep" french, where the tip of the nail is much thicker and extends deeper into the base color.
Nicola Peltz Beckham's '90s Supermodel Manicure
Camila Cabello's Sculpted Flower Nail Art
Camila Cabello's sculpted flower nails perfectly matched her white two-piece ensemble for the night. Tom Bachik was also behind this look and used Mia's Secret White Acrylic Powder ($25) to mold the flowers and Gelux Gel Polish ($13) in white for the base color.
Janelle Monae's Black and White Crystal Nail Art
Janelle Monáe's black and white manicure featured horizontal lines and crystals to add additional sparkle to their look.
Lizzo's Spiral Nail Art
Lizzo's nails were a work of art. The manicure featured a spiral design that looked a bit like a wine opener (the singer did say that she would be opening everyone's wine at the event,) and her nails were painted black and gold. "The inspiration for the nails was Black royalty," the singer's nail artist, Eri Ishizu, previously told POPSUGAR.
Shawn Mendes's Tommy Hilfiger Nail Art
Shawn Mendes wore a Tommy Hilfiger-inspired manicure to match his suit at the gala. "We wanted to take inspiration from Shawn's Tommy Hilfiger look and brought that out in his nails, which resulted in a matte navy-blue look with an iconic feature nail and gold clusters for an extra pop," nail artist Betina Goldstein previously told POPSUGAR.