Lupita Nyong'o's Black and Silver Manicure at the 2020 SAG Awards
Most people probably first notice someone's dress at an award show, but us beauty editors notice the hair and makeup. And personally, even before the hair and makeup, I pay close attention to the manicures.
Tiny but never lacking detail; award show manicures are a beautiful extension to an entire look. Kicking off with the Golden Globe Awards, the nails did not disappoint, and things started to get really over the top (and we loved every second) at the Grammy Awards. Some of our favourite nail moments from award season so far include Joey King's optical illusion on her fingertips, Billie Eilish sporting a neon green Gucci manicure (because of course she did), and even Ansel Elgort got in on the action, opting for an all-white nail polish (my personal favourite shade).
Then there was the Oscars where celebrities decided to give modern twists to the classic french manicure, including Cynthia Erivo's "Starry Night"-inspired manicure and Zazie Beetz's black french moon design.
Sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic there were no more award shows as we know it, but in November, the MTA EMAs switched things up with a virtual ceremony. Karol G gave us a glimpse of her incredible long, black chain-embellished and jewel encrusted nails. Anne-Marie and Raye both did their own spin on the classic french manicure with superlong tips and pretty crystals.
Read on to see the best celebrity manicures from award season so far.