This Is Why Nails Will Be Boring on the Emmys Red Carpet

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Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann reveals why they keep things basic.

Deborah Lippmann has been around the block at New York Fashion Week and during awards season, having done shows including Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, Public School and Badgley Mischka this week, and stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart. So she knows what to expect.

This time around at the Emmys, she foresees a more opaque take on nudes — “full-coverage nudes are more what it’s about than something super sheer and really soft,” she told Pret-a-Reporter backstage at Narciso Rodriguez’s NYFW show. “I think the nudes, even if it’s a beige or a pink, it’s not see-through — it’s a statement pink.” Frame Denim’s show featured Lippmann’s Natural Woman, which is a perfect example.

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Though nude has become de rigueur on red carpets, Lippmann adds, “I think for the Emmys sometimes there’s more color; it’s not as serious as the Oscars. It gradually gets more and more serious. So I think people will take more of a chance at the Emmys and Golden Globes.” One risk she wouldn't be surprised to see? A metallic red. She’s expecting “kind of more russet-y reds, more tomato-y, more brick-y reds for fall. But with all the shimmer I’m seeing lately I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody takes a chance and wears a red that has a shimmer in it. I don’t know — it could happen!”

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Something that probably won’t happen, however, is a nominee wearing that shimmery red. “Working with nominees it’s different because I have to think if they’re going to be holding that guy. As much as I would love to be showcasing a nail color I cannot,” says the veteran manicurist. “It’s gotta disappear — it’s gotta be great with what they’re wearing, but not take away. Nobody wants to see their nails for the rest of their life holding a statue, they want to see the statue.”