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The Need-to-Know Nail Hues for Awards Season

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Hint: Cate Blanchett's, Amy Schumer's and Alicia Vikander's Golden Globe manis were so on point.

If the Golden Globes are any indicator of what’s in store, we’re predicting a red-carpet season full of neutral nails. For proof, look no further than the likes of Alicia Vikander and Cate Blanchett, who both rocked barely there shades on Sunday, amping up the sophistication factor of their already polished looks.

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And the manicurists to the stars confirmed our suspicions. "I think things are going to be on the sheer, nude and light-shimmer side for the red carpet," said nail artist Deborah Lippmann, who created Vikander’s soft, ethereal look for the evening using Bring on the Bling pink shade ($20) from her namesake line.

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For Blanchett, artist Tracylee opted for a similar sheen, customizing a color using Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquers ($27) in shades of Ruban and Muguet that highlighted the actress’ pale pink Givenchy gown and complexion. "Look for something that is a shade different than your natural skin color," advises Tracylee, when re-creating the look.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the spectrum, dark nails made a strong showing, as seen on double-nominee Amy Schumer, who sported Lippmann’s signature Fade to Black shade ($18; her sister also wore the same polish for the occasion). “If you’re wearing a dark color, make sure your cuticles are pushed back and really clean. If there’s any cuticle growth you’ll end up seeing that and it will look like a bump in the nail,” advises Lippmann. “Really good cuticle grooming, for me, is the key to any great manicure.”

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