For designers and celebrities with a coveted invitation, the first Monday in May is one of the biggest nights of the year. It marks the annual Met Gala, a fundraising event for the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each year, stars debut their looks on the steps of the city's iconic art museum, all dressing to the exhibit's theme. Of course, this means that avant-garde beauty looks are a given.
2019's theme was "Camp: Notes on Fashion," and it's very apropos hosts were Lady Gaga and Harry Styles, both singers known for their over-the-top, crazy and fun sartorial selections. The red carpet looks did not disappoint with celebrities arriving in a sea of feathers, sequins and super long lashes. And if there's one trend you need to know this season - it's that OTT nail art is making a comeback. Case in point: these wild celebrity manicures. From Elle Fanning's kitcshy nail charms to Candice Swanepoel's Swarovski crystals, the night's manicures were bright, sparkly, totally extra, and so campy. Scroll to discover the best nail art from the 2019 Met Gala red carpet...
Celebrity manicurist @nailsbymarysoul created the stand-out nail look using Strike a Rose — a neon hot pink shade from Essie's summer 2019 collection — as the base and bedazzled each finger with a different vintage Miu Miu charm.
Nail art maestro @nailsbymarysoul also did a custom design for Victoria Secret Angel Candice's mani. Taking to Instagram Mary revealed: "I used @DefyandInspire in Laguna Beach!" Adding ice blue Swarovski crystals to each nail for a dramatic finish.
Manicurist Thuy Nguyen was inspired by Sara's August Getty Atelier dress using coats of white and purple to create a matching pattern.
The Gucci Guy opted for a simple black and aqua blue pattern for his Met Gala mani - the perfect compliment to those statement rings.
Tom Bachik created the illusion that Kim's nails were dripping wet to match her custom Theirry Mugler dress.
When it comes to Jennifer's manicure, Bachik kept it simple with a monochrome design.
Remember the half moon nail art trend that was huge a few years back? Alexa Chung just gave it a very campy spin. Her manicurist gave her slime green glitter nails with negative space half moons.
This article originally appeared on marie claire.