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Fabulously Campy Nails From the 2019 Met Gala

by Katherine Fleming | May 7, 2019

Elle Fanning

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Image courtesy of Essie

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“Elle is the definition of camp," says celebrity manicurist Mar y Sol Inzerillo. "She wanted an expressive, bold look and we went for it! We started with Essie’s Strike a Rose, a neon hot pink with a demi-matte finish, from the new summer 2019 collection. Then, each almond-shaped nail was pierced and adorned with fun vintage charms, from French fries to Bubble Yum and more! The end result was a show-stopping moment on tonight’s pink carpet."

Want to see even more Met Gala nails? Check out nails from the 2018 Met Gala.

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Lupita Nyong'o

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Celebrity manicurist Casey Herman used KISS Gel Fantasy Nails to create a sleek manicure for Lupita Nyong’o. To get the look, Herman used KISS Gel Fantasy Nails in AB Fab with Nail Art Paint Kits in Masquerade and Gala and KISS Gemstone Nail Art accents to create a colorful custom design. “With 'Camp' being the theme of this year’s Met Gala and Lupita’s gorgeous colorful Versace look, I immediately thought of carnival in Rio," says Herman. "I wanted to put the party on her nails with a little drama. The length of the KISS Gel Fantasy nails are the perfect length for added theater and I loved using the KISS Gemstone Nail Art to give a beautiful rainbow effect."

Lady Gaga

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Naomi Yasuda gave Lady Gaga a mani using OPI in Big Apple Red.

Cardi B

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Cardi B's go-to manicurist Jenny Bui gave the star a red, Swarovski crystal-encrusted nail design using OPI in Candied Kingdom. 

Constance Wu

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Constance Wu wore a dark red manicure with crystal accents by manicurist Kim Truong. 

 

Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra wore KISS Masterpiece Nails by celebrity manicurist Pattie Yankee. For the manicure, Pattie selected the pink matte and iridescent chrome nails from the KISS Masterpiece Nails in Everytime I Slay. She filed the nails from coffin to an almond shape to match her natural shape, and added striping tape down the center of each nail. “Priyanka's gown had various feathers in pastel colors, and KISS Masterpiece Nails were the perfect accent to that shade of pink," says Yankee. "She went as 'Nick's vanity,' so the chrome in this set gave off the reflective properties of a mirror. Priyanka said they were 'just enough sparkle' to compliment her gown."

Ezra Miller

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Naomi Yasuda gave Ezra Miller flared "duck nails" to complement his eye-catching Met Gala outfit. 

Katie Holmes

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Celebrity manicurist Elle gave Katie Holmes a pink and purple abstract nail design to complement her purple gown. 

Chloe Grace Moretz

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Celebrity manicurist Kim Truong used KISS Gel Fantasy Nails to create a lustrous manicure for actress Chloe Grace Moretz. “We kept Chloe’s nail look strong yet simple with a glam glossy black nail as to not distract or compete with the Louis Vuitton jewelry or outfit,” says Truong.

Celine Dion

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Celine Dion wore OPI in Samoan Sand, applied by celebrity manicurist Naomi Yasuda.

Kerry Washington

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Truong created a glittering Met Gala manicure for actress Kerry Washington.To get the look, Truong used imPRESS Press-On Manicure as the base with a glitter top coat to complement the edgy hair and makeup direction. Kerry’s nameplate ring added a tough accent to the feminine manicure. "We chose black nails to emphasize the chic black beading of the Tory Burch gown, adding a layer of iridescent glitter that gave the perfect touch of glam to tie in with her makeup," says Truong.

Lucy Boynton

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“Lucy’s look tonight is so angelic," says Elle. "We chose Essie’s Press Pause to play off her delicate Prada dress. Then, Essie in Set in Stones, along with Swarovski crystals added a touch of whimsical drama. Think Lucy in the sky with diamonds!” 

Get the look:
1. To start, Essie’s Here to Stay base coat was applied.
2. Next, Essie in Press Pause — a soft gray with a cloudy tint — was applied. Once dry, an additional coat was applied to each nail except the ring finger.
3. For the ring fingers, following Essie’s Set in Stones was applied.
4. Once dry, nails were accented with Swarovski crystal designs. To seal the look in, Gel.Setter top coat was applied.

Cara Delevingne

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Celebrity manicurist Thuy Nguyen used KISS Gel Fantasy Nails to create a colorful metallic manicure for actress and model Cara Delevingne. Delevingne’s Dior Haute Couture’s take on the ‘Camp’ theme was a sheer striped rainbow outfit with matching platform heels, a dazzling choker, and a headpiece featuring eyeballs, dentures, banana peels, and a fried egg. Her stockings, which seamlessly matched the linear pattern on her dress, were actually a ‘trompe l’oeil’ — rainbow stripes painted directly on her skin.

To get the matching nail look, Nguyen used KISS Gel Fantasy Nails in Ab Fab as a base and layered foil striping tape horizontally to match Delevingne’s playful rainbow ensemble.

Hailee Steinfeld

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Tom Bachik gave Hailee Steinfeld a mint pastel mani with green cellophane color effects for a candy wrapper look. 

Jennifer Lopez

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Tom Bachik gave JLO a pure white mani to go with her jeweled outfit.

Josephine Skriver

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"In keeping with Josephine’s feminine, floral aesthetic for the evening, we decided on an embroidered nail look," says celebrity nail tech Bana Jarjour. "A stamping tool was used to apply Essie in Blanc, along with Essie in Topless & Barefoot. The polish pairing and design perfectly matched her intricate Jonathan Simkhai gown."

Lili Reinhart

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“Lili channeled heavenly, Marie-Antionette vibes for her baby blue Ferragamo look on the Met Gala carpet," says celebrity manicurist Steph Stone. "She wanted her nails to accentuate the delicate pink florals that adorned her hair as well as her doll-like blush. We ultimately decided on Essie’s poppy pink shade, Muchi, Muchi."

Miley Cyrus

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“If anyone is the epitome of camp, it’s Miley — so of course for the most fashion-forward red carpet of the year, we had to up the ante," says celebrity manicurist Lisa Jachno. "To do this, we chose Essie’s Licorice which correlated perfectly with her structured black and green YSL dress in addition to her Bvlgari jewels. To finish, we used Essie’s Gel.Setter top coat for a dramatic, lacquered look."

Camila Mendes

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“Camila wanted to add a delicate touch to her yellow, camp-inspired Prabal Gurung gown with a clean, neutral nail," says Steph Stone. Essie’s Skinny Dip, a sheer peachy pink, was the perfect complement to her stand-out, feathery dress and colorful makeup."

Rachel Brosnahan

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“Rachel wore a stunning gown by Erdem," says celebrity manicurist Elisa Wishan. "To balance the femininity of her pink, floral look, we chose Essie’s jet black Licorice to add some edge while simultaneously matching the black bow details. The end result was chic, cool — camp!”

Rita Ora

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Rita Ora wore OPI in Comet Closer, Gold Key to the Kingdom, and Dreams on a Silver Platter for her cute mani by Naomi Yasuda.

Dua Lipa

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Dua Lipa wore a colorful design by Mei Kawagiri to complement her colorful Versace gown.

Tessa Thompson

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Nail artist Traceylee gave Tessa Thompson a pink holographic manicure with custom nail and finger tattoos.

Danai Gurira

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Tracelee gave Danai Gurira a classic red mani to go with her dandy look.

Kim Kardashian

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Tom Bachik gave Kim Kardashian a blue water-inspired mani. 

Halsey

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Halsey's long red nails were a collab between nail techs Bel Fountain-Townsend and Candice Idehen. 

Michelle Lee

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Miss Pop gave the Allure editor-in-chief a fun red, ruffled design using Zoya polish. 

Kendall Jenner

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Celebrity nail tech Chaun P. sculpted square shaped extensions using crystal clear acrylic and rubbed on Tammy Taylor's The Epic Pearl Dazzle Dust to get a beautiful translucent look for Kendall Jenner's nails. 

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