Long Nails: The Trend Nicole Richie & More Are Obsessed With

Like crop tops and sheer panels, long nails can be intimidating at first. But as is the case with most daring trends, all it takes is a handful of style-minded ladies to lead the way. 

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  • As you probably know, our sister site Byrdie has officially launched, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be collaborating with the beauty experts monthly to keep you up to date on all the important runway and celebrity news, like today’s Trend Report. What started out as a beauty trademark for singers like Adele and Rihanna has gaining ground with the fashionable set, with everyone from Hailee Steinfeld to Miley Cyrus adding length to their manicures. Whether they’re painted a classic red, dipped in glitter, or covered in comic strips, we’re crazy about these bold nails and have a hunch you’ll want to try the look too.



  • Lana Del Rey
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    Lana Del Rey

    Del Rey nailed old Hollywood glamour at the 2013 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in a Lena Hoschek gown and pink pointed talons. 

  • Katy Perry

    For her appearance at the 2013 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, the singer carried out the decadent theme of her sequined Dolce & Gabbana dress and crown with matching embellished nails. 

  • Beyonce
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    Careful not to upstage her Gucci bodysuit, Beyonce opted for a neutral manicure while performing at the Chime for Change concert in London. 

  • Selena Gomez
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    Selena Gomez

    With pink being THE color of fall, Gomez’s bubblegum nails are right on-point. (Try Gomez’s own Nicole by Selena Gomez Nail Lacquer ($7) in Naturally.)

  • Rihanna
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    A bright red manicure lent a subtle pop of color to the singer’s white Balmain dress at a concert in Monte Carlo.  

  • Fergie
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    Fergie’s perfect red carpet pairing at the 2013 Logo NewNowNext Awards: custom, dipped-in-glitter nails to match her custom Fausto Puglisi dress.

  • Hailee Steinfeld

    We loved Steinfeld’s basic black and white at Comic-Con last month, but it was the actress’ comic-inspired nails that had everyone buzzing. 

  • Adele

    The Oscar-winning singer kept it classic in a Jenny Packham sequin lace dress with nude pointed nails. (Note: the color is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($6) in Almost Almond over Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color ($5) in Quick Sand.)

  • Nicole Richie
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    Nicole Richie

    Talk about bold black and white! The designer’s sharply pointed, noir nails are a chic contrast.

  • Miley Cyrus
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    Miley Cyrus

    At the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party in Miami two months ago, Cyrus stunned in vintage Versace, which acted as the perfect backdrop for her red manicure. 

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