Take inspo from all your favorite celebs, including Kylie Jenner, Cardi B, Jonathan Van Ness, and more.
There was no shortage of amazing nail art in 2019, and if the first week of 2020 has been any indication, we can expect to see lots of inspiring designs this year, too. Already, megastars like Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, and Margot Robbie (to name a few), have stepped out with manicures worth copying, and award season isn't even in full swing yet. These celebs are lucky enough to work with nail artists like Mei Kawajiri, Mary Soul, and Jenny Bui, all of whom paint and appliqué their claws to perfection on a regular basis. Must be nice.
Due to the wellspring of manicure inspo flooding our feeds what feels like 24/7, we've managed to nail down (see what we did there?) some of our favorites for your viewing pleasure. Whether you love bold, in-your-face designs or prefer to keep it classic and minimal, there's most certainly a style that will strike your fancy. Keep scrolling to find out which manicure is worth replicating.
"Dark cheddar" is what the actor's nail artist Mei Kawajiri dubbed this look, and we can't say we're not obsessed with it. The former Gossip Girl star worked this moody, burnt-orange manicure at the Michael Kors fall 2020 show during New York Fashion Week, and it turned out to be the perfect hint of color to balance out her otherwise all black-and-white look.
This year's Super Bowl was the site of two historic firsts: the first time two Latinx women shared the Half Time Show stage, and the first time a man performed with Swarovski crystal nail art. Bad Bunny's abstract, 3D nail art paired perfectly with the 13,000 crystals sewn onto his outfit and dotted along his cheek bones. It's too soon to crown him a nail art icon, but Bad Bunny is definitely on his way.
The Hustlers actress blessed Instagram with a view of this with this elaborate mani, which she wore on New Year's Eve. This brilliance is the work of her go-to nail artist, Tom Bachik, who adorned her claws with piercings and Versace-inspired artwork. We love this for J.Lo — it's a fun change-up from the typical one-color manicures she tends to wear.
While the 22-year-old makeup mogul seems to have a different manicure every week (thanks to nail artist Chaun P. Legend), this recent hot pink design, reminiscent of her Kylie Lip Kit packaging, is a definite favorite. Kylie Jenner showed off her neon digits on Instagram with the caption, "French Drip".
Bella Hadid's yellow-dipped nails are another funky twist on the classic French manicure. You don't need to be a professional nail artist to get this look: Simply coat your nails in sheer or pale ivory polish and then use a stencil or precision tool to paint your tips, whichever color your heart desires.
Nail artist Mei Kawajiri, who works with the likes of Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, and many more, is known for her statement-making designs, and this manicure she did for Justine Skye is no exception. Kawajiri hand-painted this unique, custom design for the singer ahead of Coachella this summer.
Another swoon-worthy style from Jenner, here you have a V-shaped French manicure with ultra-long white tips and a light lavender-pink base. This design is perfect for anyone who loves the classic nail look but wants to spice it up a bit for a change.
RHW recently wore this elegant "reverse Frenchie," as she called it on Instagram, and we still can't stop thinking about it. Rather than just having the tips white, the model's manicurist Betina R. Goldstein lined the entire nail with thin white polish for a modern finish.
The "Bodak Yellow" singer got a manicure dedicated to her daughter, Kulture, in celebration of her birthday month in July. London-based manicurist Reecey Roo is the mastermind behind this black and blue design, which she studded with rhinestones for a glamorous effect.
Rosé of Blackpink recently visited nail artist Park Eunkyung to have this sleek Yves Saint Laurent-themed French manicure done. Unexpected twists on the classic 90s manicure style is a trend we're seeing everywhere as of late.
Manicurist Mei Kawajiri decked out Dupa Lipa's digits in this colorful plaid print for the Burberry show at New York Fashion Week, and now it's all we can think about. We'll be here attempting to recreate it until further notice.
Another killer creation by Kawajiri, who calls this manicure on Gigi Hadid "super kawaii 3D nails." The supermodel sported the remarkable mani, which was done using a variety of whimsical acrylics, at Marc Jacobs' spring/summer 2020 show.
Leave it JVN to take a French manicure and make it his own — dramatic, daring, and divinely cool all at the same time. No surprise here: Kawajiri is the mastermind behind this nail look, too.
Lizzo's bedazzled mani from the AMAs was almost as epic as her killer performance. NYC-based nail artist Eri Ishizu created this crystal-studded work of art for the "Truth Hurts" singer, and it complemented her electric-orange ensemble perfectly.
Nail artist Tom Bachik was behind this sleek star-emblazoned manicure, which he created for the singer this past summer. Note how the pearlescent sheen serves as an excellent backdrop for the black stars, which are ultra-cool and have a hand-drawn aesthetic.
Another amazing creation from Bachik, this shiny black-and-mauve mani was created for the "Starving" singer last month. The geometric accents give it a futuristic feel, while the mauve base keeps it classic.
Simple yet playful, this clementine-orange manicure instantly jazzes up any look. The shiny finish adds a sophisticated feel to it that makes it appropriate for no matter what your personal style looks like — even if you're a Neutral Nancy when it comes to dressing.
Katie Holmes debuted this pink and purple manicure this past May at the Met Gala, and we still haven't stopped thinking about how well it matched her gorgeous gown. Elle of @enamelle on Instagram designed the actress's digits for the big day.
This Pokemon-themed manicure is Elle's work, too, and it couldn't be cuter. To achieve a similar look, simply score yourself some Pikachu nail stickers and apply them on top of a bright-yellow base color. Easy-peasy, and you don't need to be good at drawing to do it.
This sea-inspired manicure is the work of L.A.-based nail artist, Britney Tokyo, who's known for her elaborate manicures and adding 3-D appliqués to them. The "Know Myself" singer showed off this stunning coral look this past summer, and it was simply too good not to include. Just get into that heart-shaped negative space.
This sparkly rainbow mani-pedi is another masterpiece from Britney Tokyo, and it makes us want to grab our favorite glitter polishes and play, ASAP.
The "I Like It" singer recently showed off this Pepsi-inspired manicure for her new campaign with the beverage brand, “A Cardi Carol.” Her go-to manicurist, Jenny Bui, studded her nails with more than 500 Swarovski crystals to achieve this over-the-top bedazzled look, and it couldn't be more up her alley.