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Performer Lizzo, actress Yara Shahidi and nominee Lyric Nicole Ross wore nail looks starring Essie and JINsoon Lacquer for the 2019 BET Awards red carpet. Yara rocked a bold yellow nail, while Lizzo opted for an intricate wood-grained design. Find out how to recreate the look, plus discover the celebrity nail artists behind the nail designs.

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Celebrity manicurist Eri Ishizu paired singer Lizzo’s House of Holland dress with a nail design reminiscent of a tree!

“We went for a statement look, creating a wood grain nail design that mimicked the print of Lizzo’s minidress and matching headpiece,” said Ishizu. “By using a range of dark nude shades, we created a dimensional wood-like pattern. We started with a stark white base using Essie Blanc, followed by a coat of Less Is Aura. We used two brown hues Truth Or Bare and Seeing Stars to create the grains. To add a shadow effect, we accented with Licorice. The end result was a unique, earthy look.”

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Recreate the Look

step 1

Prep the nail. Apply Here To Stay Base Coat, followed by one coat of Blanc to create a solid white base.

step 2

Apply one coat of Less Is Aura.

step 3

Paint vertical grains along each nail to add dimension, alternating between Truth Or Bare and Seeing Stars.

step 4

Accent the nail with a few darker lines using Licorice for depth, creating a shadow effect. Finish with Gel.Setter Top Coat.

 

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Celebrity manicurist Tracy Clemens paired BET Awards presenter Shahidi’s PG Resort 2020 ensemble with a bright yellow nail, courtesy of Essie’s Gel Couture shades Avant-garment and Sweet Supply.

“Yara Shahidi is a vision tonight with her sky-blue rhinestone look. We decided to extend this brightness to her nails,” said Clemens. “Essie Gel Couture Avant-garment created a bold yellow base, followed with Sweet Supply for added sheen. To tie it together, Essie rhinestone details were added. This look took on special meaning, emphasizing a larger theme for this evening’s show, paying homage to the late Nipsey Hussle.”

 

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Actress and first-time nominee Lyric Nicole Ross paired a white John Paul Ataker jumpsuit with JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Mist polished by Los Angeles-based nail artist clemens.

—by Angelina Lewis

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