Men’s manicures have been trending for awhile now (Harry Styles notably sported black and turquoise polish at 2019’s “Notes on Camp” gala), though the 2022 Met Gala just cemented nail art as a source of spirited self-expression not bound by gender.
In a beauty era that encourages experimentation and fun, men’s manicures were right at home amid the evening’s colorful makeup looks, sparkling accessories, and mesmerizing fashion. There was Shawn Mendes’s deep blue manicure, perfected by celebrity nail artist Betina Goldstein. “We wanted to take inspiration from Shawn’s Tommy Hilfiger look and brought that out in his nails, which resulted in a matte navy-blue look with an iconic feature nail and gold clusters for an extra pop,” Goldstein explains. Meanwhile, Evan Mock—whose penchant for nail color is well-established—set off his pink hair and light suit with a classic dark nail. Anderson .Paak and Joe Jonas both sported mismatched nails with different designs on each finger, Jonas’s with on-theme gilded accents by nail artist Julie Kandelec. Then, in a blink-and-you-missed-it moment, Ben Platt rocked a pinkish nude mani with extensions.