Celebs Rock Over-the-Top Nails at 2019 Met Gala

Celebs rocked Essie manicures at the 2019 Met Gala to help bring their looks together. // All photos courtesy of Essie.

Celebrities from Hollywood and beyond gathered in New York City yesterday for what some call one of the biggest nights in fashion—The Met Gala. Stars were decked from head-to-toe in their campiest looks—an ode to the over-exaggerated, flamboyant, and theatrical. Not a detail was out of place, including the nails. Check out how these three celebs donned Essie manicures to take their looks over-the-top.

Actress: Lucy Boynton
Manicurist: Elle
Colors: Here to Stay Base Coat, Press Pause, Set in Stones, Gel.Setter

About the Look: “Lucy’s look tonight is so angelic,” says Elle. “We chose Essie’s Press Pause to play off her delicate Prada dress. Then, Essie in Set in Stones, along with Swarovski crystals added a touch of whimsical drama. Think: Lucy in the sky with diamonds!”


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  1. Apply Essie’s Here to Stay Base Coat
  2. Once dry, apply Essie’s Press Pause, a soft gray with a cloudy tint. Once dry, follow up with a second coat on each finger except the ring finger.
  3. On the ring fingers, apply Essie’s Set in Stones once the first layer of Press Pause is dry.
  4. Once all nails are dry, accent each nail with Swarovski crystal designs.
  5. Seal the look with an application of Gel.Setter top coat.

Actress: Elle Fanning
Manicurist: Mar y Sol Inzerillo
Colors: Smooth-E Base Coat, Strike a Rose (available May 2019)

About the Look: “Elle is the definition of camp,” says Inzerillo. “She wanted an expressive, bold look and we went for it! We started with Essie’s Strike a Rose, a neon hot pink with a demi-matte finish, from the new summer 2019 collection. Then, each almond-shaped nail was pierced and adorned with fun vintage charms, from french fries to Bubble Yum, and more. The end result was a show-stopping moment on the Pink Carpet,”

Actress: Rachel Brosnahan
Manicurist: Elisa Wishan
Colors: Here to Stay Base Coat, Licorice, Gel.Setter

About the Look: “Rachel wore a stunning gown by Erdem,” says Wishan. “To balance the femininity of her pink, floral look, we chose Essie’s jet-black Licorice to add some edge while simultaneously matching the black bow details. The end result was chic, cool, camp!”


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