Celebrities and the makeup artists, hairstylists, and nail technicians that make up their glam squads put lots of thought into every element of a red-carpet beauty look. Wouldn't you if you were going to be seen by millions — perhaps billions — of people within moments of your arrival at any event? But the Met Gala isn't just any event. The most highly-anticipated fashion function — especially the 2021 Met Gala, considering how long we've been waiting for the event's return after COVID delays — there is truly no occasion that calls for more painstaking attention to detail.
Perhaps there's no stronger proof of this than the manicures worn to the Met Gala. Fingernails may be smaller than some of the gems celebrities will wear on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's iconic steps, but they play an important role in the overall outfit outcome. Whether the look calls for something solid or an elaborate, intricate mini masterpiece, celebrities trust their go-to nail artists for chic sets that will be talked about as much as any gown or hairstyle.
Here are the celebrity nails that all but clawed out our eyes with their greatness at "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," the 2021 Met Gala.
Whereas bold manicures are only optional for some celebrities, Saweetie is never seen without incredible nails. For the Met Gala, her set was practically an extension of her gem-packed jewelry. The shimmering, peachy base gets an upgrade from extra-large crystals that start at the cuticles and go halfway up the long coffin-shaped nails.
Nail artist Mar Y Soul gave Emma Chamberlain a simple yet devastatingly chic manicure with just three key elements: opaque beige polish, dainty gold chains, and some serious length. "Since the dress is such a statement, I wanted to compliment the look without nails becoming the focal point," Chamberlain shared. "When it comes to accessorizing often less is more and it’s about the tiny details."
Cynthia Erivo may be English, but she sported the most patriotic nails of the night. The long, pointy set was covered in clear, smooth, bubble-like crystals and topped off at the sharp tips with one red, one white, and one blue crystal each.
She may be known for designer-logo manicures, and she might have attended the VMAs the night before uncharacteristically without getting her nails done, but Billie Eilish didn't dare attend the Met Gala without an elegant set. This time, the long nails match her gorgeous, retro, peach-colored gown — a perfect way to top off all the Cartier rings she wore.
Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt accessorized his denim-heavy, '70s-inspired outfit with unexpected nail art that corresponded with the blue of his jeans and his crisp, white shirt. On the oval shape was a fresh, white base, and each nail featured abstract swirls in two shades of blue — sky and navy.
Compared to her lofty, asymmetrical hairstyle, Lupita Nyong'o's manicure was relatively simple — yet still super glamorous. The long, pointy shape was painted with a metalic bluish-gray slate polish with hints of iridescence. It went perfectly with the high-low vibes of her bedazzled denim dress.
There were so many brilliantly bold aspects of Maisie William's Met Gala look, including bleached eyebrows and elaborate oil-slick hair. But we can't take our eyes off of futuristic manicure. Each long nail featured a different abstract design in black or green, often atop clear acrylic and with glittery effects. The design that really stands out the most, however, is the green binary matrix of 0s and 1s.
The theme may have been American fashion, but Kate Hudson opted for a French manicure. It was a bold, high contrast version of the classic colors, featuring curved white tips on an oval shape and a bright, opaque pink base that corresponded with her pink outfit.
More celebrity manicures:
Now check out all the ways you can remove nail polish:
Originally Appeared on Allure