Glamorous Nude Nails Take Center Stage at 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Discover the nail looks Essie provided to the Golden Globes red carpet // Photo Credit: Robert Daly/iStock/Getty Images Plus (Robert Daly/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

While 2018 brought stars in dark-clad gowns in support of the #MeToo and #TimesUpMovements, 2019 saw a return to old-school Hollywood glamour on the 76th annual Golden Globes red carpet. Celebrities arrived looking sleek and classy—and had the manicures to prove it. Numerous attendees rocked both new and old shades from the cult-classic nail brand Essie. Here, take a look at what inspired some of the trendy looks.

Actress: Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt, photo courtesy of Essie

Essie Shades: Mind-Full Meditation, Sugar Daddy

Inspiration: "To pair with her custom Alexander McQueen dress, Emily wanted a manicure that had both color and coverage yet wasn’t too pink or too nude," said celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp. "We decided on Essie’s new Serene Slate collection in the shade Mind-Full Meditation, which is an apricot beige-nude. Sugar Daddy was then layered over top for the perfect sheer finish."

Actress: Constance Wu

Constance Wu, photo courtesy of Essie

Essie Shade: Wild Nude

Inspiration: "We began by filing Constance’s nails into an almond shape for a soft, feminine look," said celebrity manicurist Steph Stone. "When it came to choosing a color, she decided to play off her neutral, fairy-tale-inspired dress by wearing an opaque nude. After swatching several different tones, we ultimately landed on Essie’s Wild Nude, a light tan, as the perfect match.” 

Actress: Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart, photo courtesy of Essie

Essie Shades: Buttoned & Buffed Gel Couture, Platinum Top Coat

Inspiration: “Lili chose Essie’s new Gel Couture in Buttoned & Buffed, a beige-toned nude, adding to the romantic feel of her red tulle gown by Khyeli Couture," said Stone. "We enhanced her nail look by adding a single Swarovski stone at the base of each nail bed, playing off her sparkling diamond earrings. The finished look was a perfect neutral nail with a hint of glam!”

Actress: Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh, photo courtesy of Essie

Essie Shade: Tailor-Made with Love Gel Couture, Platinum Top Coat

Inspiration: “Sandra wanted a true blush polish that would complement all three of her looks as host of [tonight’s] show," said celebrity manicurist Christina Aviles. "We opted for Essie’s new Gel Couture in Buttoned & Buffed, nudes collection in the shade Tailor-Made with Love, a creamy pink nude. With Sandra’s multiple outfit changes throughout the evening, this neutral shade makes for the perfect finishing touch.”

Actress: Emma Stone

Emma Stone, photo courtesy of Essie

Essie Shades: Buttoned & Buffed Gel Couture, Platinum Top Coat

Inspiration: “The gorgeous silver detailing on Emma Stone’s Louis Vuitton gown called for a timeless manicure," said celebrity manicurist Emi Kudo. "We chose essie’s new Gel Couture Buttoned & Buffed nudes collection in the shade Buttoned & Buffed. The creamy nude color played perfectly against her silver tassle embellishments and clutch."

Actress: Kailey Cuoco

Kailey Cuoco, photo courtesy of Essie

Essie Shade: Ballet Slippers

Inspiration: "Essie’s cult-classic shade Ballet Slippers has become a staple for brides everywhere, including the royal family, so it was only fitting newlywed Kaley Cuoco opted for the pale pink hue, too," said celebrity manicurist Jolene Brodeur. "Kaley's elegant manicure perfectly complemented her navy and cream Monique Lhuillier gown.” 


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