Featuring French tips, animal print designs, and more.
Before you hit the salon (or your own polish collection) for a 2022 mani, feast your eyes on some inspo. Behold, the 12 best celebrity nail art looks of 2021 — featuring the head-turning fingertips of Hailey Bieber, Beyoncé, and more.
Bieber proves minimalist nail designs can still feature fun, artistic details. Case in point? Her daisy-spotted mani, created by her go-to nail artist Kimmie Kyees. Tiny white florals are spaced out over a sheer base, and the yellow center serves as a colorful pop.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid took the Skittles-style manicure to a whole other level: She combined the nail trend with French tips for a multicolored masterpiece — courtesy of nail artist Mei Kawajiri.
It’s hard to pick just one of Megan Thee Stallion’s manicures to feature in a best-of-the-best roundup, but the singer’s thermal nail art was certainly a standout look.
In 2021, Queen Bey served us a fresh take on the classic French manicure with her dazzling metallic tips. Her silver polish, combined with tiny geometric accents in black, paired perfectly with her Balenciaga x Gucci ’fit (naturally).
You could consider 2021 the year every celeb wore their own artistic version of the French mani. Another example was Lana Condor’s pastel-colored tips: She wore a different hue on each fingertip for a soft but still eye-catching vibe.
Dua Lipa has inspired nail art aficionados to get creative with animal print manis. Here, the singer’s rocking different shades of snakeskin on her French-style tips — a truly sizzling look.
You might think Kylie Jenner’s bright orange coffin tips got caught in the rain, but nope: The beauty mogul is merely wearing a bubbly 3D nail design for an added architectural pop.
You can’t go wrong with a classic: Bella Hadid wore an extra-lengthy French manicure in its OG colors. She even wore them with a square shape for a more 2000s aesthetic.
If you want to learn how to match your manicure to your outfit — and accessories — look to Kim K. During a trip to Italy, Kardashian flawlessly paired tortoiseshell-print nail art with her clutch and dress.
Fans have been watching (and enjoying) Kourtney Kardashian’s entry into a more ’90s-era grunge style, and that vibe was apparent with this nail art design: She simultaneously showed off her heart-shaped flower mani and fiancé Travis Barker’s new ink in one IG post.
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One can’t forget about Cynthia Erivo’s Met Gala 2021 manicure: The actor wore diamond-encrusted tips on the red carpet, and they happened to match her diamond necklace (casual).
At the 2021 Grammys, Billie Eilish wore a head-to-toe matching ’fit. From her bucket hat to her top, her face mask, and, of course, her nails, all were decked out in an intricate tiger print in pale pink and gray hues.