There is nothing simple or understated about awards season. Between the custom couture gowns and $1,000 facials with elite estheticians, celebrities tend to spare no expense when they’re preparing to take home a gold trophy. Last night’s
Emmy Awards was no exception, with one caveat: the manicures. While Billy Porter’s fingertips were coated in crystal decals that probably cost more than your rent, other stars, including Mandy Moore and Laverne Cox, opted for under-$10 Essie nail polish to top off their looks. Check out how celebrities put their own unique twist on the drugstore staple at the Emmys — and then shop the exact shades they wore for the big night, ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore didn’t present or win an Emmy last night, but her beauty look was perhaps the most popular one on Twitter. While fans are
and Brandon Maxwell two-piece gown, we're hunting down the Essie polish behind this classic mani.
Photo: Courtesy of Michelle Saunders/Essie. More Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle Nail artist Michelle Saunders
is the genius behind Moore’s feminine nail look last night, noting in a press release that it was important to complement Moore’s flashier pieces — like her diamond jewelry and custom Maxwell ensemble — than stepping out in a louder polish. Essie's
light-pink polish in Mademoiselle
fit the bill.
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Target More Viola DavisDavis, who’s been nominated five times for her role as Annalise Keating on How To Get Away with Murder, rarely plays it safe on the red carpet — and last night was no exception. Instead of opting for a polish to match her custom Alberta Ferretti gown, the actress rocked an unexpected shade of burgundy. Photo: Courtesy of Christina Aviles Aude/Instagram. More Essie Nail Polish in Ace of Shades
painted the Emmy-nominated actress' fingertips in two coats of Ace of Shades, a burgundy polish from Essie's limited-edition Game Theory collection.
“We decided to go with this deep burgundy red for a contemporary twist against her overall classic look,” explained Aviles in an Essie press release. “It was an added bonus that it happened to perfectly match her makeup, too.”
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Ulta Beauty More Regina KingWe can't recall a time Regina King didn't top our list for most stunning beauty looks on the red carpet, but her bright-blue gown and contrasting fuchsia manicure really takes the cake. Photo: Courtesy of Desiree Abhiram/Frenchies Woodbury. More Essie Nail Polish in Jamaica Me Crazy
King's go-to shade for the night was Essie classic Jamaica Me Crazy. It's bold, it's beautiful, and just like King, it's a red-carpet showstopper.
Nail Polish in Jamaica Me Crazy, $, available at
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After painting King's nails with a sheer pastel-pink combo, Nguyen etched on the tiny hearts using Essie’s Gel Couture polish in Bubbles Only, a shade that matched the bold red hue of King’s Zac Posen gown.
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Saunders used not one, but two glittering polishes to achieve Garner's memorable manicure. After coating Garner's nails in What's Gold Is New, she painted a subtle French tip in the sandy polish, Call Your Bluff. "The amber and gold tones against her striking purple dress made for such modern color combination,” explained Saunders in a post-show press release.
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Target More Laverne Cox
After spotting Cox's Edie Parker custom clutch that featured a
poignant political message
regarding LQBTQ+ civil rights, it was hard
to avoid her sparkling manicured fingers anchored in crystal
Photo: Courtesy of Eri Ishizu/Essie. More Essie Nail Polish in Topless & Barefoot
While you might not be able to find crystals that fit your budget, Cox's polish is available at any drugstore. Nail artist
swept on one coat of Essie’s Mademoiselle followed by a layer of Topless & Barefoot, then topped off each tip with dainty crystals.
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