There was a lot to take in on the Met Gala Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination red carpet: Rihanna dressed as the pope, Katy Perry with angel wings, Jared Leto looking like actual Jesus. But there was one major detail you probably missed amidst all the costumes and excitement: the manicures. Nearly every celebrity wore an intricate nail art look to this year's event, but you'd only have seen them if you stalked their respective manicurists on Instagram. Ahead, see 18 of our favourite looks.
1. Blake Lively
Celebrity manicurist Elle Gerstein created this metallic burgundy nail look with a crystal embellishment on Blake Lively. It matched her custom Versace dress perfectly, but no doubt took less than 600 hours to make.
2. Golden Barbie (Swipe Right)
Mei Kawajiri is the nail artist you need to see if you're after a three-dimensional look. She created this gold-and-crystal manicure on Jasmine Sanders aka Golden Barbie for the Met Gala.
3. Bella Hadid
Kawajiri also created this milky gold manicure for Bella Hadid's Met Gala beauty look, which complemented her gold makeup and the accents in her Chrome Heats gown. Sadly, the YSL nail polish shade she used is sold out.
4. Selena Gomez
Manicurist Tom Bachik used a custom blend of OPI Mirror Escape and Top the Package With A Beau to create the nail look on Selena Gomez.
5. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande's Vera Wang dress was inspired by the Michelangelo paintings in the Sistine Chapels...so her nails were, too.
6. Olivia Munn
Manicurist TracyLee also went the burgundy-and-gold manicure route for Olivia Munn. We love how the 'nail armour' design picked up on the metallic details of her chainmail H&M dress while also matching her lipstick shade.
Rihanna's manicurist Maria Salandra partnered with Tammy Taylor Nails and Swarovski to create this super-embellished manicure to match her custom Maison Martin Margiela gown.
8. Ashley Graham
If you can focus on Ashley Graham's manicure, you'll see that she wore a nude nail polish shade from Revlon with half moon cross details created by celebrity nail artist Mary Soul.
9. Emilia Clarke (Swipe Right)
Emilia Clarke also went the nude mani with cross details route. Manicurist Alicia Torello used Orly nail polish in Kiss the Bride and Party In The Hills to get the look.
10. Janelle Monae
Manicurist Angie Aguirre created this graphic black, white, and glittery gold manicure on Janelle Monae.
11. Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid's Versace dress was inspired by stained glass windows—as were her nails. Kawajiri handpainted every detail to match the colours and patterns in her gown using all OPI nail polish.
12. Nicki Minaj
Naomi Yasuda is known for her intricate and details manicures—just look at the one she whipped up for Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala. It has everything: black-and-red ombré, metallics, and cross designs.
13. Katherine Langford
Katherine Langford walked her first Met Gala red carpet with her nails—and fingers—dipped in gold paint by manicurist Steph Stone.
14. Lili Reinhart
Stone created a pretty and subtle thematic manicure for Lili Reinhart. She used a pearly pink base (Essie Handmade of Honour) then layered fold foil on top to create metallic flecks.
15. Joan Smalls (Swipe Right)
Yasuda proved that you don't need long acrylic nails to work a nail art look fit for the Met Ball as evidenced by this glittery French tip situation on Joan Smalls.
16. Kim Kardashian (Swipe Right)
Kim Kardashian West had Katy Perry fly her these long, glue-on Patti Yankee acrylic French nails on her private jet from LA to NYC.
17. Rita Ora (Swipe Right)
Rita Ora wore a crackled silver mirror manicure for the Met Gala (though you wouldn't have been able to see them through her black Opera-length gloves).
18. Cardi B
As usual, Cardi B did the absolute most for her Met Gala manicure and we love her for it. She relied on her longtime manicurist Jenny Bui to create these pearl and stone ultra-long nails.
This story first appeared on ELLEUK.com.
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