These Manicures Were The Campiest Thing About the 2019 Met Gala

All your nail art inspo sorted

Marieclaire marie claire & InStyle Senior Digital Beauty And Lifestyle Editor / May 23 2019

For designers and celebrities with a coveted invitation, the first Monday in May is one of the biggest nights of the year. It marks the annual Met Gala, a fundraising event for the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each year, stars debut their looks on the steps of the city's iconic art museum, all dressing to the exhibit's theme. Of course, this means that avant-garde beauty looks are a given.

2019's theme was "Camp: Notes on Fashion," and it's very apropos hosts were Lady Gaga and Harry Styles, both singers known for their over-the-top, crazy and fun sartorial selections. The red carpet looks did not disappoint with celebrities arriving in a sea of feathers, sequins and super long lashes. And if there's one trend you need to know this season - it's that OTT nail art is making a comeback. Case in point: these wild celebrity manicures. From Elle Fanning's kitcshy nail charms to Cardi B's Swarvoski crystals, the night's manicures were bright, sparkly, totally extra, and so campy. Scroll to discover the best nail art from the 2019 Met Gala red carpet...

Elle Fanning 

Celebrity manicurist @nailsbymarysoul created the stand-out nail look using Strike a Rose — a neon hot pink shade from Essie's summer 2019 collection — as the base and bedazzled each finger with a different vintage Miu Miu charm.

@nailsbymarysoul YOU KILLED THIS LEEWWWWK! Thanks for providing me with yummy snacks for the Met last night 🍔🍟🍺
@nailsbymarysoul YOU KILLED THIS LEEWWWWK! Thanks for providing me with yummy snacks for the Met last night 🍔🍟🍺
@ellefanning a.k.a. MIU-alibu Barbie in her #MetGala #Camp look💓 #nails by #nailsbymarysoul in @Essie 'Strike a Rose' with vintage charms from @evvintagecollective 🐩 #ElleFanning styled by @samanthamcmillen_stylist in @miumiu @tiffanyandco #hair by @justjenda #makeup by @erinayanianmonroe
@ellefanning a.k.a. MIU-alibu Barbie in her #MetGala #Camp look💓 #nails by #nailsbymarysoul in @Essie 'Strike a Rose' with vintage charms from @evvintagecollective 🐩 #ElleFanning styled by @samanthamcmillen_stylist in @miumiu @tiffanyandco #hair by @justjenda #makeup by @erinayanianmonroe

Candice Swanepoel

Nail art maestro @nailsbymarysoul also did a custom design for Victoria Secret Angel Candice's mani. Taking to Instagram Mary revealed: "I used @DefyandInspire in Laguna Beach!" Adding ice blue Swarovski crystals to each nail for a dramatic finish. 

❄️❄️❄️❄️ or 🌊🌊🌊? Either way here's a close up of @angelcandices #nails in @defyandinspire with @swarovskiforprofessionals Layered to create a textured effect
❄️❄️❄️❄️ or 🌊🌊🌊? Either way here's a close up of @angelcandices #nails in @defyandinspire with @swarovskiforprofessionals Layered to create a textured effect
@angelcandices #camp #nails were so much fun to create! I used @DefyandInspire in Laguna Beach! This color is available in all @target stores and online #defyandinspire #target 🧿🔹🔷🔹
@angelcandices #camp #nails were so much fun to create! I used @DefyandInspire in Laguna Beach! This color is available in all @target stores and online #defyandinspire #target 🧿🔹🔷🔹

Sara Sampaio 

Manicurist Thuy Nguyen was inspired by Sara's August Getty Atelier dress using coats of white and purple to create a matching pattern. 

A big shout out to my awesome glam team 😭😭like I say a pony is only snatched if it's giving you a headache! And man it was SNATCHED! 😂 @mimi @themartyharper @kdeenihan @thuybnguyen @soma_spa_ #metgala2019 #metcamp
A big shout out to my awesome glam team 😭😭like I say a pony is only snatched if it's giving you a headache! And man it was SNATCHED! 😂 @mimi @themartyharper @kdeenihan @thuybnguyen @soma_spa_ #metgala2019 #metcamp

Harry Styles 

The Gucci Guy opted for a simple black and aqua blue pattern for his Met Gala mani - the perfect compliment to those statement rings. 

Kim Kardashian 

Tom Bachik created the illusion that Kim's nails were dripping wet to match her custom Theirry Mugler dress. 

@kimkardashian 💦 #nailsbytombachik ast by @gchang11 Adorn by @manfredthierrymugler
@kimkardashian 💦 #nailsbytombachik ast by @gchang11 Adorn by @manfredthierrymugler

Jennifer Lopez 

When it comes to Jennifer's manicure, Bachik kept it simple with a monochrome design

@jlo 💜 #nailsbytombachik #Metgala 2019
@jlo 💜 #nailsbytombachik #Metgala 2019

Alexa Chung 

Remember the half moon nail art trend that was huge a few years back? Alexa Chung just gave it a very campy spin. Her manicurist gave her slime green glitter nails with negative space half moons.

This article was originally published on Marie Claire.

Main Image Credit: @ellefanning

Arielle is marie claire and InStyle's Senior Digital Beauty & Lifestyle Editor. Her work has taken her to lunch with Kim Cattrall, backstage with Shanina Shaik and on the red carpet with Margot Robbie. You can find her words on InStyle, marie claire and Women's Health.