All the best new manicure inspo courtesy of your favourite celebs

You're bound to find a look you love

October 15 2021

Everyone has their own sources of inspiration when it comes to the next trip to the nail salon (or hey, the lounge room if you're down to DIY). Some love Pinterest, some dive deep into the #nailart hashtag, and some rely solely on the specific trends the experts have named as standouts.

Some of our favourite manicure inspo, however, comes straight from the hands of Hollywood. Because let's face it, who other than our favourite celebs have wildly talented nail artists on speed dial and plenty of reasons to rock an array of nail looks from outlandish to understated?

So, if you're after a little help in the creativity department, look no further. Here are all our favourite celeb manicures...

Dove Cameron's 'statement everything' nails

Considering she was rocking neutral nails just days earlier, this new nail look from Cameron is quite the manicure one-eighty. Not only are the nails themselves super long (and sharp), but they're decorated with everything from 3D cobalt blue swirls to glitzy gold gemstones. Statement everything, please.


Selena Gomez' Skittles manicure

Why pick one colour when you can have multiple, right? Gomez opted for a sunny Skittles manicure, with five shades (red, orange, green, blue and purple, respectively) on each hand. All we have to say on the multicolour matter is that we think the 'taste the rainbow' nail trend is officially back in action.


Megan Thee Stallion Yin Yang French tips

In case you hadn’t heard, Megan Thee Stallion and BTS collaborated on a track called “Butter” together. The H-Town hottie finally got to meet the K-Pop group in person yesterday, and they gifted the rapper with a Koya plush toy that just so happened to perfectly match her blue-on-blue yin yang French tips. We honestly don’t know what’s cuter – the plushie or Meg’s nails?


Kourtney Kardashian black french mani

Kourtney Kardashian AKA the queen of chic LA minimalism just shared a truly salivatory French manicure while casually nibbling on some sushi. From the delicate almond shape to the intricate linework on the nail bed, we have to admit this is top tier French manicure porn at its finest. Straight to the saved folder she goes! 


Anya Taylor Joy chess manicure

To celebrate the 2021 Daytime Emmys, Anya Taylor Joy enlisted the help of celebrity nail artist Kim Truong (AKA the genius behind Kourtney Kardashian, Zendaya and Dua Lipa’s impressive talons). The pair created a chess-themed design in canary yellow in an ode to Taylor Joy’s role on The Queen’s Gambit and the large canary diamond Tiffany’s loaned the brand ambassador for the special evening.


Britney Spears engagement announcement red French manicure

While the rest of us may be concerned about freeing Britney, her boyfriend Sam Asghari appears to have different plans (AKA locking her down for life). The personal trainer and model just so happened to pop the question while Spears was rocking a very on-trend set of red French tips. Spears shared an IG reel of the pair following the special moment for fans, giving some impressive spirit fingers to show off her ring (and that adorable mani too). Meanwhile, Asghari took to IG stories to hilariously assure fans of his intentions: “Thankyou to everyone who is concerned about the prenup! Of course we’re getting an ironclad prenup to protect my jeep and shoe collection in case she dumps me one day!”


Camila Mendes' subtle sparkly mani

When you think glitter, you probably think gaudy, right? Not when it's Riverdale star Camila Mendes rocking it. Instead of going for traditional chunky sparkle, Mendes opted for the drawn-on kind, showing off subtle shimmer-spiked pearlescent polish with a few sparkle emoji-esque illustrations added onto a feature nail. Glitzy but still chic.


Blake Lively's pressed flower mani

We would have been satisfied by the blush to grey gradient polish alone, but because Blake Lively doesn’t do anything by halves (peep the jewel and clutch combo), she also added what appears to be real (and real tiny) pressed flowers for a little extra ethereal oomph. OTT in the very best way.


Megan Thee Stallion's kawaii-inspired claws

Considering Thee Stallion is a massive anime fan and self-professed nerd, we’re not surprised to see her toting a full set of kawaii-inspired pastel rainbow nails. From 3D Hello Kitty faces to Chanel emblems (and a healthy portion of random cutesy paraphernalia) this sure is one happy-making manicure.


Megan Thee Stallion's Sailor Moon square tips

Megan Thee Stallion may have been dressed in a figure-hugging Gaultier gown to celebrate the BET Awards but it was her Sailor Moon-inspired angled square tip French manicure that kept catching our eye on the red carpet. 


Megan Fox's rainbow tips

In honour of Pride Month in the US, Megan Fox shared a bangin’ square tip rainbow French manicure on the ‘gram, accompanied by the iconic caption: “Putting the B in #LGBTQIA for over two decades 🌈🌈”. The icing on the cake? The comments section, which included this gem of a response: “honey you made us realize the B in a lot of us”. *chefs kiss*


Kylie Jenner's Fanta drip French

Sunkist or Fanta? Look, we won’t pretend to know where Kylie Jenner’s allegiance lies when it comes to orange soda, all we know is we’re obsessed with her OJ drip French manicure. 


Megan Thee Stallion's diamond nails

Life imitates art with Megan Thee Stallion’s latest precious stone-inspired mani; the Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend rapper rocked an icy blue nail moment that looked like the inside of a princess cut diamond. Thee Stallion paired the boujee look with some Versace denim booty shorts, because duh, plus a matching Versace denim jacket. *Chefs kiss*.


Ariana Grande’s engagement manicure

Ariana Grande’s boyfriendreal-estate mogul Dalton Gomezrecently popped the question, proposing with a sizeable oval-cut diamond and pearl ring that thankfully matched the popstar’s angle-cut French-tip mani perfectly. It’s a *chef’s kiss* from us for these two lovebirds but especially for those on-point nails.


Billie Eilish's Gucci gang manicure

The girl's got green hair, so it's not like bold beauty looks are unusual for Eilish, but the wildly long, bright red talons she just debuted are definitely up there with her most outlandish. Each tip is adorned with its own individual Gucci logo (thanks to her nail artist @tammytaylornails), but while that's all chic and well, we're finding it a little tough to get over the length. It seems Eilish's followers feel the same; her comment section is filled with concerned gems like "you be typin with your knuckles don’t you." Long nail lovers know the struggle all too well.


Megan Thee Stallion Metallic Red Talons

Red nails may be an unrivaled classic, but Megan The Stallion’s angled coffin-cut metallic talons are a far cry from any traditional manicure. Though the high impact style may look daunting, the design should be fairly easy for your nail tech to recreate using the help of artificial nails. We’re definitely going to be adding this to the top of our inspo board for the upcoming silly season.


Bella Hadid's personalised pearlescent neutral

Hadid really said "neutral polish but make it not boring" with this latest look. In fact, she and her nail artist, Mei Kawajiriactually collaborated in-salon to create a completely custom colour. “Mei + Bella = “Mella. We named “Mella” this nail colour we mixed,” Kawajiri shared via Instagram. Well, we sure hope they decide to bottle it soon; we feel like we've waited our entire lives for a flattering pinky nude with a pearlescent twist, and we'd buy in bulk.


Zoey Deutch's 'moo' mani

Deutch just jumped aboard the cow print nail art bandwagon, and she wants everyone to know. She shared snaps of her new mani via Instagram Stories, captioning one "@ me facetiming every person I've ever met to show them my moo nails." We don't blame her, we'd do the exact same...


Megan Thee Stallion's anime-inspired tips

"JoJos Bizarre Adventures is one of my favorite animes and stardust crusaders was my inspiration for this set 💫", she captioned the shot of her mani, an amazingly intricate polish portrayal of characters from the cult-fave Japanese manga series. Her followers were clearly fans, too: "MY QUEEN HAS TASTE YES MAAM!!" said one, while another labelled her the "queen of anime".


Demi Lovato’s ‘vote’ mani

Celebrities have been pulling out all the stops in an attempt to pique their fans interest in the upcoming US election. Demi Lovato employed the help of celeb nail artist Natalie Minerva to commission a stunning set of blue tipped acrylics with the poignant message ‘Vote Now’ written in cursive white text. 


Cardi B Reebok Nails

Cardi B’s signature style is ostentatious and outrageous, so it’s no surprise at all that the rapper donned a set of baby blue ombre talons embossed with the Reebok logo to promote her latest collection with the brand. They may not be practical or office appropriate but that’s why we love her.


Kylie Jenner Birkin bag mani

Kylie Jenner’s new manicure proves there is something so oddly satisfying about matching your nails to your bag. The reality star’s milk chocolate, crocodile leather Birkin served as the inspo for these super sharp stiletto-style acrylics and we are absolutely obsessed with the warm, nineties-neutral moment.


Bella Hadid's glow-in-the-dark French

Hadid proved she knows how to do 'birthday nails' in style, debuting a psychedelic '60s-inspired floral-and-mushroom-adorned French manicure that, wait for it, glows in the damn dark. The next-level nail look was the work of celeb manicurist @nailsbymei and we hope she drops a tutorial real soon; we're obsessed.


Kourtney Kardashian's black-tipped French

The youngest Kar-Jenners aren't the only ones giving new life to the French mani; the eldest Kardashian sister just showed off her own take on the trend, opting for chic black tips over traditional white ones. We love that she brought a classic trend back into cool-girl territory with a simple switch of a shade.


Selena Gomez's neon lime nails

Gomez may have been decked out in hot pink for the majority of her latest music video (AKA the clip for 'Ice Cream', her collab with Blackpink), but she went with a contrasting neon lime hue for her nails, which popped perfectly against all the pink props.


Addison Rae's 'Jennifer's Body' recreation

Flop-turned-cult-classic flick Jennifer's Body wasn't just about spawning an endless supply of Megan-Fox-with-a-lighter memes; it also provided some pretty memorable nail looks. The latest celeb to pay homage to Fox's grunge-meets-girly pink and black mani? TikTok star Addison Rae, who revealed the source of her inspiration via Instagram Stories.


Hailey Bieber’s robin egg blue mani

There’s something about pastel shades of blue that just scream summer time. And Hailey Bieber’s baby blue talons have only reiterated this fact. The delicate shade toes the fine line between classy and cool, and as demonstrated by Bieber, makes the perfect addition to a picnic-friendly outfit.


Rosalía's sweatpant-inspired shade

Rosalía's manicures are practically worthy of co-star credits in her music videos so we've come to expect nothing but next-level nail moments from her. The singer's latest look is all about taking low-key dressing into high impact nail art territory, with her grey marle mani matching her sweatpants to a tee.


Kendall and Kylie Jenner's matching French manis

Kendall and Kylie Jenner usually sit on stark opposite ends of the mani spectrum – Kendall recently named a natural-looking nude as her fave, whereas Kylie loves a bit of bold nail art. It seems the tables have turned with their latest look, though; they both decided on French tips, but Kylie went for classic white while Kendall broke out of her colour comfort zone with a bright blue.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's pretty-in-pink look

For the girl who likes to look polished without a lot of fuss, look no further than Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's signature minimalist pale pink mani for your next nail look.


Selena Gomez's moody wine tones

Wine is a winter shade staple, yes, but there's no reason you can't break it out for the warmer months as well. In fact, we love the idea of an unexpected oxblood manicure moment during spring or summer.


Jennifer Lopez's ombré tips

If you're a fan of the classic French mani but want to give it a modern twist, take your inspiration from J.Lo's subtly graduated ombré look.


Madelaine Petsch's Louis Vuitton logomania

Diehard fashion devotees, this one's for you. If you can't get enough of your favourite logo emblazoned across your accessories, why not try it on your nails, too?


Kim Kardashian's crystal-embellished tips

It may not be the most practical of nail art choices but who could forget Kim Kardashian's wet-look nails complete with dripping crystals at the 2019 Met Gala?


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's minimalistic reverse French manicure

For a minimalist chic nail look, we're again turning to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She calls this stunning contemporary take on the French manicure the "reverse Frenchie."


Lizzo's chunky Cuban chain nail art

In 2020, we're seeing fashion girls everywhere swap fine, delicate necklaces for chunky golden chains. And, the trend is now making its way off the jewellery stand and onto nails – just ask Lizzo! Her Cuban chain nails couldn't be more fun.


Kylie Jenner's leopard French mani

Combining two of the longest-running trends (leopard print and French tips), Kylie Jenner stepped out with this statement look. Although it's without a doubt a statement look, her leopard print mani is surprisingly wearable thanks to its neutral tones.


Emilia Clarke's matchy-matchy mani

Struggling to decide what colour nail polish shade to wear to your next big event? Follow Emilia Clarke's lead and match your mani to your bag for a beauty girl's take on tonal dressing.


Hailey Bieber's abstract art mani

Bieber definitely doesn't hate a neutral nail look; in fact, it's been her go-to for several years. She mixed it up recently, though (with the help of Hollywood nail artist Kimmie Kyees), opting for an abstract-esque squiggly manicure, showcasing every colour under the rainbow. Any mani shot from Bieber also doubles as some serious finger tattoo inspo, too, which certainly doesn't hurt...


Addison Rae's 'everything at once' tie-dye manicure

Remember when we warned you that the 'everything at once' nail trend was going to be huge this year? Or when we raved about the magic of the tie-dye manicure? Well, Addison Rae's latest nail look has proved that those two trends may in fact be better together. Because why choose just one set of colours, part of the nail to cover or a single type of tie-dye print when you could have (you guessed it) everything at once?


Kim Kardashian's stained glass talons

Everyone knows a 'pic of a polaroid' picture is basically just an excuse to show off your latest mani. Kim Kardashian just proved said theory, posting a birthday shoutout to her makeup artist @makeupbyariel on her Instagram. Sure, the polaroid snap was cute and all, but it was the elaborate stained glass nail art design we couldn't take our eyes off.

It's worth noting, too, that while her sisters are big fans of a bold acrylic nail moment, this style is a stretch for Kardashian, who usually keeps her tips short and neutral. A new era dawning for her, perhaps? We love to see it.


Hilary Duff's mermaid mani

Does the metallic vibe of Duff’s mermaid-inspired manicure remind us a little bit of her galactic get-up in the epic “What Dreams Are Made Of” performance? Sure. Our favourite kind of trend after all is one that’s thriving now, but also gives a subtle nod to nostalgia. And if you too were marvelling at the incredible chrome-y wet-look effect, allow us to let you in on a little secret revealed by Duff's salon of choice, MC Nail Atelier Beverly Hills; it's down to the use of 'PrestoGel', a schmancy Japanese nail gel. Now that's what dreams are made of.


Madelyn Cline's gold-trimmed talons

Well, it looks like Outer Banks star Madelyn Cline finally got her hands on the gold her onscreen counterpart Sarah Cameron has been chasing after; or rather, the gold got onto her hands, in the form of metallic-trimmed manicure.


If you’re looking for more new mani inspo, check out the 'milky nails' trend.

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