When it comes to Cannes Film Festival, some people are focused on the actors, others on the fashion, but we are zooming in on the manicures. The glamorous dresses call for equally exciting nail designs. Get an up close look at the best nail art and polish spotted in the South of France.
From the Oscars to the Grammys, award shows are guaranteed to bring on manicures galore. See the major polish moments from the biggest red carpet events of 2013, including the most recent Billboard Music Awards.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel and Maria Del Russo
Zooey Deschanel is the queen of quirky nail art designs. With the season finale of New Girl airing last night, you'll have to wait until the next season to get your fill of Zooey's slapstick comedy. But hopefully this roundup of her best manicures will hold you over and inspire an impromptu trip to the salon — even some DIY nail sessions at home.
Nail art is a regular occurrence on the red carpet, but we've been seeing stars sporting a variety of geometric nails as of late. Demi Lovato showed off a black manicure accented with three metallic stripes over the weekend, while Kerry Washington paired her black polish with a white chevron tip to complement her dress at the recent Peeples premiere. January Jones also got into the graphic trend, sporting a classic red polish topped with a black triangle accent at the base of her nails for an edgier take on the moon manicure. We even saw geometric nails on the Fall 2013 runways, so clearly this trend is here to stay.
You can get similar looks, too, with these nail art tutorials:
As in all things, Lady Gaga doesn't settle for pretty or normative when it comes to her nails. Instead, she's always trying couture trends, flashing unique finishes, and daring to wear the kind of experimental shapes and nail art that make a manicure junkie's heart beat a little faster. Here are our 20 picks for Gaga's top nail looks to celebrate her 27th birthday.
— Additional reporting by Maria Del Russo
While the typical French manicure has become somewhat of a beauty faux paus, it seems as if Jennifer Lopez is taking it out for a new spin. The actress and singer stepped out in New York last night sporting a manicure that closely resembled an upside-down French. Her blushy nude-colored polish was accentuated with a bold ivory line across the bottom of her nails, a palette similar to the one worn by Busy Philipps at the Art of Elysium gala. But unlike in a half-moon manicure Busy donned, the line seemed to follow the natural curve of the base of Jennifer's nail.
Thinking about trying this reverse French manicure out for yourself? Just follow the same steps you'd take for a normal one. Paint your nails in a nude color, like Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Naked ($16). Allow it to dry, and then swipe a white line onto the bottoms of your nails. It's the perfect blend of classic and edgy.
Jennifer Lopez's chic, maroon-tipped nails were all Oscars beauty watchers could talk about, but although they looked luxe, re-creating them is actually quite wallet friendly. Jennifer's Academy Awards manicurist, Tom Bachik, started by filing her nails into a classic almond shape with a little bit more of a pointed tip than is traditional (think somewhere between your usual oval and Lady Gaga's talons). Bachik then painted on L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Polish in Because You're Worth It as a base coat, and instead of forming a typical, rounded French tip, he gilded the ends of her nails in a "v" shape using Colour Riche Nail Polish in Haute Couture Red.
Nails at the Oscars are expected to be as elegant and chic as the hair, makeup, and gowns. So when stars want to project a soignée air, which polish colors do they choose? This year's Oscars had lots of dark polish and plenty of surprisingly naked nails, too. See which stars went dark and which were in the clear now.