In ancient times, sporting decorated nails in Egypt and China was a symbol of social hierarchy, since colored nails were reserved for only the upper class and royalty. However, During the 20th century, nail art emerged as the must-have fashion fixture for women everywhere. In the past few years, nail art has exploded on the fashion scene as the it-accessory among Hollywood queens such as Zooey Deschanel, Rihanna, Alexa Chung, and Katy Perry. Celebrity nail artists are in demand, more now than ever before, with the rich and famous sparing no expense to take their style to the next level with many spending upwards of a quarter-million dollars for lavish polishes. Extravagant designs, including glitter, caviar texture, holographic touches, stickers, matte finishes, and even real gemstones are all the rage with today’s celeb mani’s. Polish up your digits and get ready to count down the top 10 celebrities flaunting the fanciest fingers.
10. Mollie King
Mollie King has become synonymous with celebrity nail art. Despite sharing the same star manicurist as singer Lily Allen, King’s nail art leans more toward chic and refined, rather than the overly elaborate designs seen on the hands of other celebs. She is a huge fan of the glitter-ombre look done over sugary-sweet pinks, patterned pastels, accent nail, and the popular half-moon manicure. Although, she’ll occasionally mix it up with a sexy studded mani or rich jewel-toned polish. Essie and Orly are among King’s preferred polishes.
This Black Eyed Peas frontwoman gets her envious nails thanks to animal print nail wraps and a little help from her own nail polish collection, Fergie, a collaboration with Wet n Wild. Fergie’s nail art designs are right in line with her unconventional, edgy, and bold fashion style. She’s not one to shy away from sexy stiletto-shaped talons, trendy half-moon manicures, geometric patterns, and flashy metallic polishes. We definitely can’t forget the nail rings she sported during the Black Eyed Peas’ Super Bowl XLV halftime performance made from one hundred percent real Swarovski crystals. Fergie gets two perfectly manicured thumbs-up for nail art originality.
8. Lauren Conrad
Author, fashion designer, and former reality TV star Lauren Conrad is the first to admit that she’s “slightly obsessed” with nail art and polishes. This queen of ombre digits, stick-on nail polish strips, and glitter manicures loves to share her secrets to scoring celeb-worthy nails on her website, LaurenConrad.com. From suggestions on mani-pedi pairings, to her must-have brands to nail art tutorials, Conrad shows her fashionista followers just how attainable and simple celeb nail art can be. For the most opulent manis and pampering pedicures, Conrad relies on the chic and high-end polishes from brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, and NCLA, her go-to for stylish, vibrant, and refined nails.
7. Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung flaunts her fashionista flair at her fingertips with some of the most extravagant and unique nail art designs and polishes. Whether rocking flirty feminine florals, perfectly painted patterns, or textured polish, her eccentric designs frequently top the list of the trendiest and most in-demand celebrity nail art styles. When Chung slicked on a Nail Inc. black leather effect polish, she put into motion a fingernail frenzy with stores like Sephora, seeing a waiting list of more than 870 who caught a glimpse of the faux leather digits posted on her Twitter. Chung is a fan of Nails Inc. and Chanel brand polishes.
6. Demi Lovato
Just one peek at this “Neon Lights” singer’s Instagram, and you’ll find all the nail art inspiration you’ll ever need. Lovato’s more recent mani’s may have gone back to black with punky, dark-hued polishes, but she doesn’t shy away from more feminine flair like bright pastels, and the occasional nude hue. Chunky sparkles, gold glitter, and rhinestone accents inspired by Lovato’s glam-rock persona, merge her love of jewels and studs with chic colors to create her collaboration with The New Black for her nail kits, which launched last November. While Lovato herself relies on help from celebrity nail artist Stephanie Stone to get her dazzlingly digits, you too can score her nail art style with her DIY nail art kits available at ULTA Beauty stores for $14-22 per kit.
5. Lily Allen
When it comes to the most elaborate nails, singer Lily Allen earns her title as the queen of quirky. With help from celeb nail artist Michelle Humphrey, who has transformed the nails of hundreds of stars like Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Ray, Allen rocks Hollywood’s most coveted nail art with her versatile designs, which she changes several times a week, as evident in her hundreds of Instagram photos. From metallic mani’s and vibrant animal prints to hip color-blocking and themed talons, there isn’t a manicure on this planet that Allen can’t turn into an ultra-wearable style, that meshes perfectly with her daring fashion sense.
4. Zooey Deschanel
With her eyebrow-skimming bangs, adorable vintage dresses, and big baby blues, it’s hard to keep our eyes off New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel. Deschanel’s funky fingers have certainly played a role in the recent revival of extravagant manicures with frequent visits to her Hollywood “nail boy” Tom Bachik, who custom designs nail art for Deschanel. Her funky nail designs can always be seen on her popular Instagram. Despite her obsession with quirky and often elaborate nail styles, Deschanel doesn’t take herself too seriously. She’s been known to sport a variety of fun and feminine designs, including nautical nails, 3D rhinestone accents, sparkles, stripes, the Beatles, and even miniature tuxedos at her tips. Her nail art choices are proof that extravagant doesn’t have to mean stuffy.
3. Katy Perry
Katy Perry credits LA’s nail guru, Kimmie Kyees and esNAIL saloon for keeping her claws looking sharp in the studio, at home, and in many of her music videos. Perry, who loves to stand out with her eccentric and cheeky fashion choices, has had everything from cartoon characters and Oompa Loompas, to crystals and polka dots painted on to her nails; you name the design and Perry’s likely done it. Among her more over-the-top designs: an April 2011 royal wedding tribute featuring William, Kate, and the royal family, ex-husband Russell Brand’s face, and the $1,000 Red Carpet Manicure’s “An Evening to Remember” packed full of real diamonds.
She may be a self-proclaimed bad girl, but Rihanna is oh-so-good when it comes to flaunting her millions at her fingertips. Rihanna regularly treats herself to luxe manicures costing upwards of $5,000 from LA-based celebrity nail artist Kimmie Kyees. Among Riri’s more expensive mani’s are polished off with Hollywood favorites from Red Carpet Manicure and include “An Evening To Remember” that features four carats of diamonds and holographic glitter in every bottle, and the $5,000 Armor 24 Gel Polish composed of 24K gold. When she’s not rocking these posh polishes, Rihanna turns to bespoke accent nails from UK-based luxury jeweler, Bohem who specially designed nail jewelry for the singer’s “Diamonds” world tour.
1. Kelly Osbourne
Topping the list of celebrities with the most extravagant nail art styles is Kelly Osbourne, reigning champion of the most extravagant celebrity manicures. Osbourne takes her love of bling, far beyond the sparkly polishes of Hollywood’s glitter-loving girls to achieve the red carpet’s most radiant (and expensive) nails. One of her favorite polishes, Azature Black Diamond Polish, is priced at a whopping $250,000 and loaded with 267 carats of black diamonds, but even that pales in comparison to the brad’s White Diamond polish priced at an astronomical one-million dollar per manicure.