The chicest nails at this year's Met Gala

The chicest nails at this year's Met Gala

The 2022 Met Gala's ‘gilded glamour’ theme saw designers, stylists and glam squads pulling out all the stops to create extravagant looks on their celebrity clients. But nestled within the dramatic accessories and show-stopping ballgowns are understated, elegant manicures that serve as perfect backdrops for the fine jewellery to shine.

Minimalist manicures have been a big trend for past few years thanks to brilliant nail artists such as Harriet Westmoreland and Betina Goldstein whose intricate work results in plump, high-shine nails with subtle accents of colour. This year’s Met Gala red carpet saw celebrities such as model Hailey Bieber and actress HoYeon Jung embracing this grown-up side of nail art through French tips with a twist and low-key, pearlised finishes that beckons a double take.

Ahead, 10 of the chicest manicures at the Met Gala...

Chloë Grace Moretz

Your-nails-but-better at its finest. Manicurist Julie Kandalec buffed and shaped the actress' nails to perfection before applying a coat of Chanel Le Vernis in Blanc White.

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Kerry Washington

In the mood for something graphic? Nail artist Kim Truong kept things cool by opting for a monochrome colour palette and fine strokes for Kerry Washington.

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Nicola Peltz-Beckham

Nicola Peltz-Beckham's fresh, clean manicure partnered her hot pink Valentino gown perfectly. Nail artist Tom Bachik paid homage to "Sixties femininity" and "Nineties supermodel chic" by layering Chanel Le Vernis in Onirique and Ballerina.

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Gemma Chan

In the skilled hands of manicurist Betina Goldstein, the nail jewellery trend looks equal parts futuristic (thanks to the reflective chrome base) and grown-up. Chan's delicate silver bracelet is cleverly attached to her finger for a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment.

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Miranda Kerr

This pale, milky hue on model Miranda Kerr complemented her frothy Oscar de la Renta gown beautifully. The soft rounded shape adds a refined quality to the extra length.

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Kendall Jenner

When in doubt, go for a pristine, onyx manicure a la Kendall Jenner. A subtle length helps elongate the fingers while a glossy finish keeps it from veering too goth.

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Hailey Bieber

A pearlised finish elevates Hailey Bieber's neutral mani to new heights. The pretty, iridescent hue lends a gorgeous contrast to her hand tattoos too.

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Jasmine Tookes

Manicurist Kim Truong enhances supermodel Jasmine Tookes' fingertips by adding length and carefully shaping it to perfection. Almost-bare nails have never looked this good.

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The most memorable manicure moments at the 2022 Met Gala, from Hailey Bieber's pearlised talons to HoYeon Jung's navy French tips.