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Nails take centre stage at MTV VMAs 2022

By Rebecca Hitchon | 30 August 2022 | Celebrity, News

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The MTV Video Music Awards 2022 took place over the weekend, but while it was the music that brought attendees together, it was nails that everyone was talking about – with styles ranging from Barbiecore to chrome and 3D looks.

The awards, which celebrates the best music videos of the past year, featured appearances and performances from top names in the music business, who weren’t afraid to go big with their fashion and nail choices.

Check out our roundup of top nail looks from the night…

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Winner of Best New Artist, Dove Cameron, enlisted the help of Juan Alvear to create this grungy 3D set. Alvear, who is known for his experimental and high fashion nail work, hand-sculpted roses, scissors and spikes for the look.

Courtesy of @customtnails1

Rapper, Lil Nas X, is not one to shy away from a bold nail style – and the 2022 VMAs was no exception, with celebrity tech, Temeka Jackson, using OPI shades to create geometric patterns juxtaposed with classic and alternative French tips on his nails.

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One of the most talked-about names in the nail industry of late, Zola Ganzorigt aka. the mastermind behind Hailey Bieber’s glazed donut Met Gala 2022 manicure, added a pearly glow to the nails of Sabrina Carpenter.

Courtesy of @erierinailz

Lizzo’s go-to nail artist, Eri Ishizu, spotlighted the chrome nail trend, which is expected to dominate this autumn/winter after proving popular during the summer months. She used OPI Chrome Effects in ‘Mixed Metals’ to create silver shine on the singer’s nails.

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Manicurist to the stars, Sreynin Peng, tended to the nails of Bebe Rexha, creating a classic and understated baby boomer style on oval-shaped tips, to complement the artist’s glamorous Vivienne Westwood dress.

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Winners of Best Metaverse Performance, each member of South Korean girl group, BLACKPINK, injected personality into their nails by serving up a unique, elongated style. Manicures ranged from black and pink block colours to an eye-catching, embellished look.

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Matching her nails to her outfit, Taylor Swift opted for a glitzy, bejewelled manicure for the awards, which shone beautifully under the lights as she scooped a multitude of wins, including Video of the Year.

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Nicki Minaj jumped on the Barbiecore nail trend, embracing her inner Barbie girl with a tonal pink stiletto set, with added gems on feature nails, for her VMAs performance. The nail look was created by celebrity nail artist, Yvett Garcia.

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Australian-American musician, Betty Who, went on-brand for her first VMAs visit, recruiting the skills of Lizzy Perkins of @downtofile. Lizzy painted the VMAs branding, complete with the official MTV logo and spaceman symbol.

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A popping, bright red hue was painted on the enhanced stiletto nails of Becky G, created by Master Weenays Nails. Picked to match the singer’s bold red lip, the style helped to pull the performer’s fierce awards look together.

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Drag queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race star, Monét X Change™, chose an on-trend swirl design for the 2022 VMAs, with a light pink base, topped with various white swirls showcased across each coffin-shaped nail.

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Stephanie Hernandez is the nail artist behind this silver chrome set for Chloe Fineman, which featured a tiny, handmade carrot attached to the little fingernail. The actress and comedian’s complementary silver and orange outfit was filled with snacks to continue the food theme.

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As with Lizzo, her other client, Eri Ishizu created a silver chrome nail style for rapper, Latto – this time, switching it up by creating French chrome tips on square enhancements, matching the tip colour to the artist’s silver-toned rings.

Courtesy of @whodidtheirnails

Editorial nail stylist, Sarah Nguyen, had the task of creating a nail look for musician, Blackbear. Matching his outfit, the nail pro created a number of styles across the nails, from a black base topped with embellishments to silver chrome.

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Brazilian singer, Anitta, sported a sparkly gold chrome ombré nail set, courtesy of nail artist, Naomi Yasuda, as she accepted her award for Best Latin Artist 2022.