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Nails From the 2019 Grammy Awards

by NAILS Staff | February 11, 2019

Anna Kendrick

Courtesy of Essie

Courtesy of Essie

“For Anna’s Grammys look, we collaborated on a fun and whimsical manicure that mimicked the dainty feathers in her pink Ralph & Russo mini dress," says celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders. "The blue, pink and metallic accents made for a modern yet romantic nail art look."

Courtesy of Essie

Courtesy of Essie

Get the look: 

  1. Apply two coats of Essie’s Gel Couture in Lace is More to each nail for a sheer, vanilla white base with a hint of shimmer.
  2. To recreate the feathered detail, begin by painting Essie’s Gel Couture in First View on a small fan brush. Using the brush, start in one corner of the nail and create feather-like brush strokes towards the middle of the nail.
  3. Repeat the feathering technique with the remaining shades, Pink Diamond and No Place Like Chrome, creating multiple brush strokes in different directions. Overlap the shades to create added depth.
  4. To finish, top the look off with Essie’s Platinum top coat for gel-like shine.

Katy Perry

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Nail tech Kimmie Kyees used SuperNail in Paris Rose with accent stones for Katy Perry's red carpet mani.

Dua Lipa

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Kyees used Defy and Inspire to create a custom-layered manicure with loose glitter, texture, and added charms.

Alicia Keys

Via Essie

Via Essie

“Alicia is such a natural beauty, so a neutral manicure is her go-to. Essie’s Gel Couture Sheer Silhouettes in Of Corset was the perfect choice as the beige nude beautifully complements her skin tone," says celebrity manicurist Dawn Sterling. "Keeping her manicure simple allowed her bold red dress to take center stage as host of this evening’s
show." 

Camila Cabello

Via Essie

Via Essie

“Camila knew she wanted a soft, subtle nail look to contrast her bedazzled Armani Prive
dress," says manicurist Jolene Brodeur. "Essie’s Gel Couture Sheer Silhouettes in Of Corset, a sheer beige nude, was the perfect minimalistic shade she was after.”

Tori Kelly

Via Essie

Via Essie

“Tori loves a full coverage nude polish! Essie’sTopless & Barefoot – a cult-classic shade – was the ideal choice for tonight’s old Hollywood glamour inspiration," says celebrity nail tech Tom Bachik. "The soft, beige pink shade paired perfectly with her classic black gown and bold red lip, making for an elegant red carpet look."

Heidi Klum

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Bachik created a classic French look for Heidi Klum.

Bebe Rexha

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Nail tech Barbara Warner used OPI Romance on the Moon as the base for an ombre with added crystals.

Janelle Monae

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Janelle Monae's black and white mani complemented her outfit.

Cardi B

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Cardi B's nail tech Jenny Bui (@nailson7th) polished her nails with OPI in Machu Peach-u, then glued small Swarovski crystals to frame the nail with one large, centered crystal on each fingernail for perfect elegant manicure.

Jennifer Lopez

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Tom Bachik used a mix of OPI GelColor in Let Me Bayou a Drink ombre’d into OPI GelColor Arigato From Tokyo to create a pearlescent baby pink shade. He added a touch of sparkle with OPI Chrome Effects in Tin Man Can.

Lady Gaga

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Nail artist Miho Okawara gave Lady Gaga a dark mani.

Andra Day

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Kait Mosh polished Andra Day's nails OPI GelColor in Let Me Bayou a Drink, then applied a cheetah pattern using OPI GelColor in Lavendare To Find Courage and Tinker, Thinker, Winker? Gemstone accents add dimension to the final look.

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