We've missed getting our nails done during the coronavirus lockdown — there's no two ways about it. But we've also missed seeing other people's manicures filling our Instagram feeds with nail art inspiration. With movie premieres, award shows, photo shoots, secret projects, and, well, everything else on hold, our favourite celebrities have had to say a temporary goodbye to their glam teams, which includes their nail technicians — and our Instagram feeds have been seriously lacking because of it. Now, we know that there are way more important issues to worry about right now (and trust us, we worry about them, too), but we are beauty editors with a love of nail art, and we miss admiring celebrity nails and the exceptional talent of the manicurists behind the looks.
With many states beginning to reopen their salons for customers in the US and lockdown rules slowing easing in England, we're also starting to see some of our favourite celebrities reunite with their beloved nail techs for the first time.
It's important to note that although nail bars have sadly not been given the green light from the government to open (along with hairdressers) on 4 July in England, photography studios have been open for business for the past week. Celebrities are able to return to scheduled photoshoots and other projects — along with their glam and creative teams — to resume business as (new) normal. There are strict guidelines on how the teams should go about session work in these new circumstances to ensure that safety is the top priority. So that's why you might see more celebrity nails pop up on your feeds even though we're not able to return to the nail bar ourselves just yet.
But one thing is for sure: these celebs didn't stick to a simple shade like Essie in Ballet Slippers and leave it there. Nope. They got all the bells and whistles (or shall we say neon lacquers and designer decals) for their very first post-lockdown manicure
So, if you're searching for some inspiration for when you jump back into that manicure station chair (mask and all), or just want to feast your eyes on beautiful pieces of tiny art, check out these celebrities' first manicures after being reunited with their nail techs following a long lockdown and nail art hiatus.