All the best new manicure inspo courtesy of your favourite celebs

You're bound to find a look you love

January 19 2022

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...

Dua Lipa ‘90s nails

If you thought we were stepping into the year 2022, you were incorrect. Because as far as beauty trends go, the ‘90s have taken over our social feeds. Case and point? Dua Lipa’s new set of impressive 3D nails (created by celebrity nail artist Mei Kawajiri). Inspired by the bombastic colour schemes synonymous with the era, the New York based nail guru has managed to drag us kicking and screaming back to our childhoods and we’re obsessed. 


Addison Rae's gemstone mani

A vibrant violet French manicure may have been enough for some, but Addison Rae upped her mani game even more with the addition of glitzy gemstone decals, in an array of sizes, shapes and shades.


JLo Christmas soft glitter manicure

Tom Bachik is the kind of A-list manicurist you can rely on for creating quality Christmas nail inspiration on his celebrity clientele. Case and point? The LA-based artist just whipped up a festive “soft glitter ombrè vibe on @jlo using #BSGFantasy” that he later shared via Instagram. Now please excuse us while we try to figure out how to replicate the look at home…


Beyonce silver-tipped geometric French mani

While the rest of us mere earthlings are out here chilling with our basic French manicures, Beyonce is switching up the game with a space age silver-tipped geometric French manicure that puts the rest of us plebeians to shame. As she should TBH. 


Vanessa Hudgens' holographic crystal nails

Holographic is one of our very favourite nail finishes right now, but Hudgens’ crystal-inspired claws have confirmed that while an iridescent polish finish is fab and all, the real magic hits when the nails themselves are multifaceted and prismatic like actual crystals. Genius.


Addison Rae's rainbow French mani

Addison Rae may have admitted to being obsessed with herself (if you haven't heard the song, what are you doing?!), but she's also obsessed with her latest nail look. A beautifully bright French-tipped delight featuring every shade from aqua blue to sunflower yellow, it was the perfect mix of modern and classic.


Hailey Bieber Galaxy Nails

Hailey Bieber’s manicurist Lisa Kon just blew our minds with an intergalactic gel mani (using Kon’s namesake brand of gel polish in the shade ‘Cat Eye Infinity 05’, no less) that has us literally seeing stars. The stunning black-based nail colour contains light-shifting streaks of green and blue shimmer that remind us of natural phenomena like aurora borealis or the glimmer of phosphorescence on a moonlit beach. Epic to say the least.

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 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. 


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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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