The trendiest accessory isn’t a Birkin bag or designer heels: it’s nail art.
Creative works of nail art are making their way all over red carpet, Oscars to the Grammys. Fashion and makeup influencers are now setting the hottest nail trends with awards season nails created by artists who pay attention to every swipe of color and application of crystals.
Nails may seem like an insignificant detail, Saccia Livingston, the artist behind the extravagant claws of Doja Catsaid, but they can complete a look.
“It brings it all together. The nails add an extra touch, whether through length, shape, colors or design. They’re not ‘just nails,’ because you definitely notice when they’re missing,” Livingston said. at USA TODAY.
Corn nail trends change from season to season Like fashion lately, Livingston has loved seeing faded colors, French tips and funky patterns. Julie Kandalec from Julie K Nails calls social media “a great place to showcase what you specifically do,” whether it’s 6-inch acrylics or muted neutrals.
Here are some of the best nail looks of this awards season, with tips from the nail artists who created them:
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Jessica Chastain’s fingernails may have predicted her Oscar win on Sunday night.
Created by Kandalec using Essie products, Chastain’s champagne-gold oval nails paired perfectly with her Gucci dress — and her golden Best Actress statue for her role as Tammy Faye Bakker in ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye.’
Kandalec, who has worked with Chastain for years, says her inspiration for the Oscars nail look “was the light that Tammy Faye instilled in the LGBTQ+ community.”
“It was important to me to create a nail look for Jessica that Tammy would approve of and even wear,” Kandalec said. “Tammy gave hope, inspiration and unconditional love to the LGBTQ+ community with her pure heart, and I wanted the nails to embody Tammy’s spirit too.”
Chastain’s look for SAG Rewards, where she also won Best Female Actor in a Motion Picture (for the same role), channeled more golden glamor with sparkling French tricks. This look is Kandalec’s typical nail vibe, which she says is “relatable,” “feminine,” and “includes glitter of some sort or shimmery or textured elements.”
Kandalec on his method: If she knows the celebrity, “we talk (design) directly one-on-one: what kind of look they want, what length, shape, color. If I’ve never worked with a celebrity before, I I’ll talk to them, but also generally talk to the stylist, the photographer, the creative director (and) we’ll all talk about it together,” says Kandalec, who owns an appointment-only nail studio. Julie K Nail Arteliercreated a nail art design book and got her nail art debut in the hands of celebrities for concerts (Camila Cabello at the Global Citizen Festival), New York Fashion Week and the Met Gala.
Laverne Cox’s declaration for the Oscars and the SAG Awards
Laverne Cox went bold for her E! red carpet hosting a concert this awards season. She sported black nails embellished with crystals to match her August Getty Atelier dress, with a nail artist Eri Ishizu behind the nails, created using OPI products and Swarovski crystals.
“She wanted to have bold nails while she held her mic,” says Ishizu, who describes her style as “long, bold nails.”
Ishizu on his method: “It always depends on the outfit they’re wearing. It has to match the outfit,” Ishizu explains. “We look at the outfit a lot first. We get photos from the stylist. … Sometimes I draw specially for big things. I take a bunch of screenshots and send them to my clients, and from there , we collaborate and execute.”
“I always made sure it would catch people’s attention,” Ishizu said.
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Never for an understated look, Doja Cat manis are often extravagant. But for the Billboard Music Awards, Livingston created a chic elongated nail in a neutral light pink tone to go with the entertainer’s low-cut black dress and sparkling diamond accessories.
What will Doja Cat’s Grammys nails look like? Livingston is shy at the moment, but fans will see an original creation for Sunday’s show.
Livingston on his method: “The way I create designs is normally based on art, fashion and events,” she says. “I love being able to choose the customer’s opinion of how they see themselves and what would make them feel the most stylish. I’m going to start throwing around completely different ideas to better understand how they want to enter the crowd and the vibe they want to convey.”
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Ishizu notes that she’s always been drawn to nails and beauty since growing up in Japan, but she approaches each client differently. For Cox, there’s more upfront collaboration on design, while Lizzo tends to let Ishizu run wild; she calls Rae “easy-going” and says Kehlani wants her to work with her stylist to create the look.
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