Met Gala: See the Best Nails of the Night

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Though Elle Fanning's charm nails ruled them all, here are five more bold manicures for fashion's biggest night.

From Elle Fanning’s dangling charms to Yara Shahidi’s gems borrowed from her Prada ensemble, these six monumental manicures were coups on the camp carpet of the Met Gala.

Elle Fanning’s Pop Art

To fulfill Fanning’s wish of “an expressive, bold look,” nail pro Mar y Sol Inzerillo painted each almond-shaped nail “with essie’s Strike a Rose, a neon hot-pink with a demi-matte finish” (available later this month). Then she pierced each nail and added “fun vintage charms” found at East Village Vintage Collective, including a retro toothpaste tube and petite pack of Bubble Yum.

Yara Shahidi’s Blingy Blue

Because Shahidi’s outfit was “top secret,” nail pro Emi Kudo had to decide on this look “on site on the same day,” but she was told the day before she “was permitted to use excess beads and rhinestones from [Shahidi’s] custom-made Prada pantsuit.” Kudo used them on top of painted pale blue polish (OPI Infinite Shine in Kanpai OPI, $13, at opi.com) “and added hologram glitter from my personal stock to make a unique look.” 

Rita Ora’s Metal Mania

To make “her nails looks like an extension of her gold, silver and bronze [Marc Jacobs] dress,” Yasuda used a trio of OPI GelColors in Comet Closer (currently retired), Gold Key to the Kingdom and Dreams on a Silver Platter (both $10.50, at opi.com). “Her nails embraced the camp theme as they were so over-the-top and instead of playing neutral to her dress, they went above and beyond,” says Yasuda.

Hailee Steinfeld’s Creamy Green

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The minty manicure, courtesy of Tom Bachik, complemented the honeydew green in Steinfeld’s Viktor & Rolf gown and Lime Crime Birthday Cake eyeshadow. Bachik, who did a tapered square shape for the nails, tells THR that “the color is from Russia and Hailee is probably the only one in the country wearing it.”

Kristen Stewart’s Hair-Coordinating Red

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What was the inspiration for Stewart’s hair color, which her hairstylist Adir Abergel dubbed “classic Chanel red?” Nail polish. Manicurist Ashlie Johnson used the shade, Chanel Le Vernis in Arancio Vibrante ($28, at chanel.com), for Stewart’s gala tips.

Emma Stone’s Strong Stain

“When I saw Emma’s ‘80s-inspired silver sequin jumpsuit, I could not think of anything but deep red for nail color,” says Kudo, who used OPI Infinite Shine Raisin’ The Bar ($13, at opi.com) followed by calming Lord Jones Royal CBD Oil on hands ($100, at lordjones.com). She says the “keywords of the night” were “cool and strong yet glamorous.”