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Manucurist x The Met Gala

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The Met Gala is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, which seeks to encapsulate and celebrate moments in time related to fashion, cultural influence, and art. This year’s theme sought to commemorate and highlight Karl’s Laderfield’s impact on the industry, with many looks taking inspiration from iconic themes such as tweed, pearls and black & white. Manucurist was used by celebrity nail artists Naomi Yasuda and Dawn Sterling on some of the biggest names like: Rita Ora, Ashley Park, Florence Pugh and Gabriella Karefa-Johnson! Here is what they created.

RITA ORA by Naomi Yasuda

This eye-catching, edgy look was created using Green Flash Licorice, a rich and solid black shade that elevates the fierce and sultry look worn by Rita Ora. The inspiration for this look stems from Rita’s close relationship to Karl and her desire to memorialize him in a glamorous way by featuring a look that resembled the appearance of deconstructed Chanel necklaces.

ASHLEY PARK by Naomi Yasuda

The long, sleek silhouette of the nails feel classic, where the hard metal grommets and dark colour created using Green Flash Licorice gives a feeling of toughness. This look was perfectly paired with fingerless gloves to give an amazing overall look that was both elegant and strong.


One of the most creative and innovative nail technicians of her time. Featuring a truly artistic and boundary pushing aspect to her work, Naomi’s looks have been seen in countless beauty and advertising campaigns and editorial publications over her career including Chanel, Fendi, MAC, Maybelline, Vogue W, Harper’s Bazaar and more. She has gained an ardent following amongst a steadily growing list of celebrities, most notably: Madonna, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kesha, and Emma Stone.

FLORENCE PUGH by Dawn Sterling

This cool took inspiration from the “beauty and edge” that Karl blended so well, along with a little bit of Florence’s humor and playfulness. A realistic image of Karl and his cat was showcased on the ring finger, against an elegant, neutral base coat created using Green Flash Milky White.


This look is a discrete ode to Karl’s love of black and white, this soft and chic look features an almond shape with Green Flash Licorice and a small pearlescent white bow on the middle fingers.


Dawn is a NYC based fashion manicurist who has been in the business for more than a decade. She branched into fashion editorials, doing manicures for W, Elle and many more relevant magazines. Fashion shows have not been immune to her talent, indeed she worked for Victor Glemaud, Telfar, Ambush, among many others. She can now count Alicia Keys, Bella Hadid, Zendaya, Joan Smalls, Normani, Hailey Bieber, Precious Lee and Janet Mock as her clients.

Want a Met Gala look for healthy nails?

Although manucurist does not yet offer extensions, pearlescent bows, or metal eyelets... you can however have fun reproducing some of these nail art in a nail healthy way thanks to many very easy to use accessories - even for beginners! Our dotting tool will allow you to make perfect dots and drops, our Nail Art Liner brush will be your best friend for creating the finest designs, and our Glazed and Mirror effect powders can even help you create that edgy metallic look! All you have to do is equip yourself with a Green Flash LED nail polish kit and the colors of the Met Gala to enjoy a gel-effect manicure with immediate drying, long-lasting hold and acetone-free removal. Now you look like the stars!