Your nails? They may not be an essential part of your overall look, but a well-thought-out mani can definitely speak loads about your personality. You can go crazy (think: Elle Fanning at the Met Gala) or deliberately not care (like the imperfect manicure we spotted on the runways). Either way, the general vibe of the season is pretty individualistic and establishes that the way you choose to wear your mani, is well, totally up to you. So whether you want to make a statement or just like having pretty digits, keep scrolling to find the best nail options for you.
The Nail Look: Barely There
When J-Law got engaged, the Internet kept an eye out for her ring. When it was finally spotted, what actually stole the show was the fact that her mani was practically non-existent—something unheard of for any bride-to-be. Despite that, the low-maint trend continued and we were happy to discover that the trick to pulling it off is pretty simple: keep your nails short, well-shaped, and buffed or topped with a glossy finish.
The Nail Look: Maximalist
From Elle Fanning’s tiny, dangling charms to Solange’s Ferragamo python nails, these celebs made sure that even their digits totally lived up to the Met Gala’s Camp: Notes On Fashion theme.
Since these nail looks are probably super challenging to pull off IRL (imagine trying to text or email!), try going for bejeweled or confetti-decorated digits instead. These mani designs are a little more user-friendly, but still campy enough for when you want to indulge your fingers in something a little more dramatic.
The Nail Look: The New Basics
Newsflash: the classic, go-to mani shades are changing and we’re here for it. Beige neutrals are being passed over for darker, more coffee-colored shades. Instead of soft and pretty pinks, corals or peach hues are being chosen. Natural, round shapes are also more preferred and two-toned French manis aren’t limited to just white tips anymore.
The Nail Look: The Man(icure)
Men wearing polish on the red carpet isn’t really something new, but there’s just something about the way Harry Styles was so confident and unapologetic about his multi-colored nails. Kudos to him for helping us make colored nails a more gender-neutral beauty move and for showing us that you don’t have to limit yourself to one polish shade, either.
The Nail Look: Imperfectly Perfect
Whether you’re getting your nails done at the salon or DIY-ing, there’s always this pressure to make sure that they look totally perfect and chip-free. That’s why it was surprising (and super awesome!) when we saw leading fashion houses like Preen and Oscar de la Renta show that it can be totally cool to rock imperfect manis that look slightly unfinished, smudged, or even chipped. So the next time someone comments on your grown-out manicure or botched polish, just shrug your shoulders and tell them it’s fashun.