Nail art devotees likely already follow artist Mei Kawajiri on social media (known as Nails by Mei, her Instagram handle). The New York City-based celebrity nail pro is the mastermind behind the creative tips you’ve seen on stars like Gigi Hadid, Rosalía, and Queer Eye’s Van Ness. Though this isn’t her first collab with nail sticker brand ManiMe — known for its stick-on gel stickers that are 3D printed to the exact size of your nail beds — Kawajiri and Van Ness joined forces to create a pride collection... which means you can get an A-list manicure from the comfort of your home.
There are four different sets within the JVN x Mei Pride Capsule: Ferosh Queen, a neutral base with a different color flower on each nail; Live Your Truth, a vibrant tie-dye design; Can You Believe, featuring ‘70s-style rainbows; and JVN x Mei’s Party, a very on-trend mismatched mani. All are $25 for a sheet of 15 stickers, a nail prep pad, and a nail file.
Kawajiri tells Bustle over Zoom that she really wanted to create a collection for Pride because it’s one of her favorite times of the year. “I have a lot of friends going out and dressing up for it, and I want everyone to be able to go to parties with fun nails, even if they don’t have time to go to the salon,” she says. And Van Ness, who’s been her client (and BFF) for over five years, was Kawajiri’s first choice to collaborate with. “Jonathan always gets very colorful [nails],” she says. “I’m very excited to do this with him because the collection is very bright and happy and very peaceful.”
What makes the mani collection even more of a must-buy? A portion of the proceeds from each purchase goes towards The Trevor Project, an organization that offers crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LGBTQ+ community. There’s never been a better reason for doing your nails.