I’ve always wanted to do the mini nail runway at the Oscars. Alas, I’m not a famous actress nor will I ever be. To make matters worse, I routinely bite my nails and don’t have an ounce of artistic blood running through my veins.
So to uplift my non-actress, non-famous, nail-biter life, I’ve taken to Instagram to find the 13 raddest celebrity nail artists around. These ladies and lads take to the nail like a canvas; creating intricate patterns and applying hardware one would think were meant solely for clothing. Their clients range from Kerry Washington to Ke$ha, but one thing they all have is an Instagram feed filled with major droolworthy inspiration.
Even if you can’t replicate half of their designs (like me), their art is too good to pass up. Check out some of their handiwork below, test a few out, and let your nail imagination run wild.
Glitz and glam is the staple of this artist, who does nails for Cardi B.
Remember Katy Perry’s famous "crypto nails?" Well, this is the expert that did those and so much more, too.
King has a wide range of skills that come in handy as she bounces among clients from Gal Gadot to Kat Von D.
If you like both funky designs and simplicity, this artist, responsible for painting the nails of the Olsen Twins and Anne Hathaway, is a must-follow.
One of the most famous male nail artists, Bachik has worked on Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez.
There are almost too many celebs to count on Kyees's client list, but a few at the top of her list are Khloé Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, and Mary J. Blige.
There's major nail inspo on Rose's page, who frequently designs Ashley Graham’s digits.
Miss Pop brings drama and fun to celebs such as Solange and Lucy Hale.
Gutierrez is the queen of keeping things simple. Yara Shahidi and Sofia Vergara visit her often.
Stone is all about play and intricate work. Her clients include Millie Bobby Brown and Shay Mitchell.
Talk about dramatic. Kawajiri does outrageous nail looks that we frequently see on regulars such as Gigi and Bella Hadid.
Humphrey's clean but dynamic designs are droolworthy. That must be why she has clients such as Keira Knightley and Ruth Negga.
It's all in the details for Yasuda, who does nails for Lady Gaga and Ke$ha.