All the best new manicure inspo courtesy of your favourite celebs

You're bound to find a look you love

February 21 2024

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...

Megan Fox's pierced nails

Megan Fox's nail artist Brittney Boyce drew inspiration from the pierced nails of the '90s for the actress' People's Choice Awards manicure earlier this week. Boyce selected a handful of crystal-encrusted star, cross and heart charms to pierce and decorate Fox's silver acrylic nails for the event. 

Margot Robbie's Cloudy Micro French AACTAs manicure

It was all about Margot Robbie this weekend. The Queenslander was honoured at the AACTA awards in her home state as the trailblazer of the year, with Cate Blanchett giving a glowing dedication to the actress dressed as 'middle-aged Barbie'. Robbie dipped into the Vivienne Westwood archives for the event and wore a Swarovski crystal-studded gown inspired by Westwood's Spring/Summer 1998 'Pirate Bride' look. The actress and producer's glam team let the couture gown do the talking on the red carpet and opted for minimalistic hair, makeup and nails. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff subtly enhanced Robbie's features with a palette of pinky nude eyeshadow and lipstick, while nail artist Betina Goldstein created a classic and clean cloudy micro French manicure for the occasion. 

@betina_goldstein

Lindsay Lohan's Y2K French manicure

Lindsay Lohan made a surprise appearance at the Mean Girls movie premiere to cheer on the new cast members of the 2024 release this week. The original Cady Heron's red carpet beauty was clearly inspired by the '00s (the decade the original Mean Girls film was released); she wore her hair in a deep side part and rocked a modernised version of a smokey eye. As for her nails? Her nail artist Elle Gerstein created an "iconic" Y2K-inspired French manicure, using Apres Nail Gel Polish in the shades 'Vintage Carnation' and 'Winter Aurora'. "Not leaving any details out, I outlined the tip in golden anniversary & new years wishes for [a bit of] sparkle," she explained via Instagram

@enamelle

Selena Gomez's patent leather liquorice mani

Selena Gomez's nail artist Tom Bachik created a patent leather liquorice manicure to complement her custom Giorgio Armani for the 2024 Golden Globes awards. "We wanted to compliment her custom dress while bringing a little edge with a high gloss, black mani," said Bachik via Instagram. "I always have to start off with a meticulous manicure [and then] I polished Selena’s nails in two rich coats of ‘Licorice’ by Essie ($7.99 at Chemist Warehouse)."

@tombachik

Vanessa Hudgens 'Bride To Be' manicure

Vanessa Hudgens is soon to be wed to her fiancé, American baseball shortstop, Cole Tucker. To celebrate the couple's impending nuptials Hudgens asked celebrity nail artist Zola Ganzorigt to paint 'Bride' and 'Mrs T' onto her French tips for her bachelorette party. 

Adele's Vampy Nails

Adele's 33rd performance weekend of her Las Vegas residency celebrated the arrival of the spooky season with a Halloween theme. The set design was gothic, as was the singer's hair, makeup and wardrobe for the evening, which her makeup artist Anthony Nguyen described as "Morticia gothic porcelain glamour". Plus, celebrity nail artist Zola Ganzorigt painted bloody French tips onto Adele's nails especially for the occasion.

@nailsbyzola

@nailsbyzola

Selena Gomez Pink Milkshake

Selena Gomez has been enjoying an exclusively pink palette when it comes to her nails. In the last few months, her nail artist Tom Bachik has given her bubblegum pink disco nails, a golden glazed fire manicure with pink chrome and neon pink nails. Now the pair have dreamed up a pale pink milkshake set of nails. After prepping Gomez's nails with his Tweezerman collab nail care set, Bachik applied the Après Gel X Coffin Tips in 'Maisie' ($28.94 at Après Nail) and a few coats of the Après Gel Couleur in 'Yuri-ka!' ($28.94 at Après Nail).

@tombachik

Hailey Bieber’s mismatched tie-dye nails

Glazed donut nails are officially out, and this is coming from the glazed queen herself. Hailey Bieber shared a photo of her newest obsession in an IG photo dump and on her story. Her claws were freshly shaped (almond, of course) and splashed with mismatched nail art, featuring bold neon hues, aura french tips and tye-dye patterns – the ultimate summer nail inspo tbh. And whilst we’re stuck in winter here in Aus, Bieber’s ‘70s-inspired mani will certainly add a bold pop of colour to any outfit this season.

@haileybieber

@haileybieber

Molly-Mae's milky manicure

Just when we thought Tom Sandoval had ruined white nail polish for us all, Molly-Mae Hague has swiftly turned things around.

The Love Island UK star's creamy-toned nails, courtesy of manicurist Harriet Westmoreland, were kept short, with a square-oval design. Though neither Hague or Westmoreland revealed the exact shade, nail polish brand OPI weren't as tight-lipped. 

"It's our shade #FunnyBunny," the brand commented proudly. "Recently worn by @sophiarichiegrainge for her wedding rehearsal night too!" 

Ok, pass the bottle.

@harrietwestmoreland

@mollymae

Megan Fox's melted metal Barbie nails

Megan Fox is one of our go-to manicure inspos for a reason – her nails never disappoint. And Fox's latest set of claws fuses two of our favourite aesthetics, gothcore and Barbiecore, to create a mani masterpiece for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue launch party look. Her long-time nail artist, Brittney Boyce told Allure that Fox instructed her to "manifest something", and “this is what I came up with: Barbie matte pink with an edgy chrome detail.” Safe to say that melted metal nails are our new obsession...

Nicola Peltz Beckham’s smokey chrome French manicure

Aside from Rita Ora’s chain link nails, the 2023 Met Gala provided some surprisingly tame nail trends — classic nude manicures with simple, small decals reigned supreme all evening. So naturally, when Nicola Peltz Beckham showed up with husband Brooklyn Beckham on her arm and a smokey chrome French manicure decorating her fingers, we literally squealed with excitement. Nail artist Tom Bachik was responsible for the small moment of Met Gala magic; he used Apres Nail gel polish in ‘Fairy Wings’ all over the nail plate and accentuated the tips with silver chrome powder. Wizard.

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr may have worn Dior to the 2023 Met Gala, but she still managed to create a moment to pay homage to the Karl Lagerfeld theme and the designer's work with Chanel. "To honour the late designer we incorporated the iconic Chanel Camellia flower on her nails, which is synonymous with the brand," explained Kerr's manicurist for the evening Kim Truong. 

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh has officially catalysed her partnership with luxury fashion label Valentino. The brand announced her launch as their new face with a photoshoot honouring Valentino’s iconic rockstud range in shocking shades of pink and reflective silver. Pugh’s manicurist Dawn Sterling clearly drew inspiration from the shoot’s studded accessories, decorating the ambassador’s nails with a sheer lacquer of pink polish and crystal studs.

Sofia Richie's Lip Gloss Wedding Manicure

Sticking to her signature elegant minimalism aesthetic, Sofia Richie gave the lip oil nail trend her stamp of approval with a glossy nude manicure for her wedding day. The timeless mani was the perfect accessory for her Chanel wedding gown and flawless wedding day makeup. We’re still waiting for manicurist Georgia Rae to drop the nail colour, but our bets are on OPI bridal favourite ‘Take A Vow’.

Christina Aguilera's 'lady parts' mani

Christina Aguilera’s career has found a second life as the co-founder of sexual wellness brand Hello Playground. She recently stopped by the Call Her Daddy podcast to discuss the brand’s line of lubricants and debuted a very special set of nails. If you watched the interview and thought your eyes were deceiving you when you glanced at the singer’s mani — yes, those were lady parts on her fingers. Aguilera’s nail artist Zola Ganzorigt gave her Instagram fans a closer look at the 3D jelly design, which featured open mouths on the thumb nails and a variety of labia and clitorises on the remaining fingers. 

@nailsbyzola

Kim K and North West's matching Hello Kitty manicures

Kim Kardashian, North West and Chicago West have all flown to Tokyo Japan for a girls trip. The city is home to some of the world’s most prolific nail artists, so naturally North West and her mum used the opportunity to get matching Hello Kitty manicures. Kim K opted for a subdued set of French tips and a 3D Hello Kitty to decorate her ring finger. However, her daughter’s manicure was anything but, featuring mini Hello Kitty’s, baby pink hearts, stars and sparkles. Super kawaī.

JLo’s glazed donut manicure

You know a beauty trend has really gone the distance when it lands in (or rather ‘on’) the hands of one of the most iconic pop singers on the planet. Hailey Bieber may have launched the career of the glazed donut nail trend, but it’s officially reached the peak of its popularity with JLo’s co-sign. 

@tombachik

Zendaya romantic pink nails

Paris Fashion Week and awards season has officially wrapped, and subsequently, Zendaya has jetted to the UK to spend time with her partner Tom Holland and his family. The Euphoria star also managed to fit in some valuable me-time and dropped by nail artist Marina Dobic’s London studio for a fresh manicure in a romantic pink shade. Dobic used CND Shellac Backyard Nuptials ($34.95 at Le Beauty), which perfectly complemented Zendaya’s gold signet ring engraved with Tom Holland’s initials.

Vanessa Hudgens "half-reversed and half-traditional French" Oscar manicure

The 2023 Oscars ceremony traded in tradition this year and reinvigorated the red carpet by ditching the iconic hue for a refined champagne shag. Carpet correspondent Vanessa Hudgens followed suit with a manicure that was “classic and chic… while being unique at the same time,” as crafted by her nail artist Zola Ganzorigt

“Her classic look called for classic shades, so it was only fitting that we used OPI ‘Black Onyx’ ($20.95 at The Iconic) and ‘Funny Bunny’ ($14.99 at Chemist Warehouse),” Ganzorigt said. “[Hudgens] loves adding a twist when it comes to her look, and so while we did black and white nails, we spiced it up with half reversed and half traditional french nails”, she explained. 

@nailsbyzola

@nailsbyzola

Dixie D'Amelio cloud French mani

Dixie D’Amelio may be in Milan for Fashion Week but that doesn’t mean she’s relinquishing her French mani anytime soon. The 21-year-old accented the classic style with a horizon of dreamy sunset pink clouds that look like they could have fallen straight off a fresco. Ci piace!

@dixiedamelio

Anya Taylor-Joy

Velvet nails have been flooding our social media feeds for months now, but there’s something extra special about seeing them on the red carpet. Anya Taylor-Joy’s nail artist Chisato Yamamoto emulated the textured sheen of the actress’ velvet caramel Dior dress with a glaring hue of copper polish for the 2023 BAFTAs. 

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Dua Lipa's mood ring aura nails

Dua Lipa is our go-to source for manicure inspo and her latest set fuses the best elements of her signature Y2K aesthetic and gothcore. Fans were quick to compare the singer's nails to mood rings in the comments of a close-up of the pink aura nail art posted by her manicurist Michelle Humphries. But tbh we think they're edgy enough to be coveted by goth queen Wednesday Addams herself...

Hailee Steinfeld glass slipper French manicure

Hailee Steinfeld’s 26th birthday celebrations looked like a disco fairytale, with the Marvel star dressed head to toe in sequins and diamonds. But it was the birthday girl’s Cinderella-inspired glass slipper French manicure that stole the spotlight on the night. We’re adding this to our festive nail ideas mood board…

@tombachik

Rihanna’s French tip Super Bowl announcement mani

Rihanna may have spent the last few years becoming a prolific beauty mogul, lingerie designer, and most recently, a mother, but that doesn’t mean she’s abandoned her first love – music. In fact, she just revealed via Instagram that she’ll be headlining the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show this year. The singer held up an American football and while most people’s eyes initially darted to the NFL sigil emblazoned on the side of the ball, we kept coming back to the bad gal’s chic and classic French manicure. An iconic announcement on all accounts. 

@badgalriri

Serena Williams Swarovski manicure

For her US Open ensemble, Serena Williams collaborated with Nike on a diamond encrusted uniform. The tennis superstar took the opportunity to embellish her nails too, opting for a set of Swarovski decorated nude nails by New York-based nail artist Marina Iwakoshi

@marina1854

Dove Cameron’s goth-inspired 3D nails

Taking to the MTV VMAs red carpet with a goth-inspired look, Dove Cameron brought all our teenage dirtbag dreams to life. The star of the show? Her 3D nail art complete with metallic silver spikes, diamantes, red roses and other whimsical shapes. It’s all in the detail, folks.

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Olivia Rodrigo's guitar-matching manicure

Leave it to a thrice Grammy-winning songstress to match her mani to her guitar. A glossy (yet moody) shade of deep, rich red (with white dots layered for a touch of subtle nail art), Rodrigo's aesthetic is (thankfully) the kind you can copy yourself with just two polishes and a dotting tool.

@oliviarodrigo

Kourtney Kardashian swarovski crystal bridal mani

As far as bridal beauty goes, it’s all about the details. So you better believe we’ve been waiting with bated breath to see up close shots of Kourtney Kardashian’s bridal manicure. Celebrity nail artist Kim Truong let us get a closer look at her handiwork and even dropped the shade of gel polish she used for the bride’s French tips – Gelish’s ‘Hello Merlot’ ($21.95 at oznailsbeautysupply) – just in case you were wondering. She also used Swarovski crystals in the shade ‘Light Siam’ for the detail work.

@kimkimnails

Kendall Jenner's Cadillac claws

Matching your manicure to your outfit is one thing, but coordinating them with your Cadillac is another one entirely. Well, that's just what Jenner just did, tailoring the shade of her pastel bluebell polish to her (extremely cool) car.

@kendalljenner

Sydney Sweeney's 'Met manicure

Even at the Met Gala, Sweeney still has big Euphoria energy, and we love to see it. A cloudy (very) light lilac shade served as the shimmery base, but it was the diamonte accent action that made it a true showstopper.

@sydney_sweeney

Justine Skye vintage Mugler manicure

There’s nothing we love more than an iconic fashion reference, especially when it ties back into another one of our true loves – beauty. Mega-talented New York manicurist FROSTED TIPS just officiated a happy marriage between a jaw-dropping vintage Mugler collection and Justine Skye’s almond-shaped nails, and we couldn’t be happier with this coupling. The result of this holy union? Mugler Spring 1998 couture-inspired nails expertly executed down to the last detail. 

@frosteddtipss

Addison Rae's 'Euphoria'-inspired mani

We're all obviously obsessed with the Maddy/Cassie drama taking over Euphoria RN, but Addison Rae just took her love for both characters (and their aesthetics) to a whole new level by rocking this double-duty manicure. While both hands were painted a light taupe, one set of nails featured Cassie's gemstone decals while the other five were decorated with Maddy's Mugler-inspired graphic black swirl shapes. Fan behaviour never looked so chic.

@addisonraee

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

Main image credit: @haileybieber