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At the 2018 MTV Music Video Awards, held this year at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the A-list attendees hit some pretty high notes in the nail department. Presenters and artists rocked the red carpet in nail looks that ran the gamut from chic chrome to blinged-out. Here are a few of our faves.

Rita Ora Nails

Rita Ora: The British singer and actress took home a Best Dance award for her “Lonely Together” collaboration with the late Avicii wearing a bold graphic black manicure by Naomi Yasuda evoking the swirling design of her daring Jean Paul Gaultier gown.

Jennifer Lopez nails

Jennifer Lopez: Video Vanguard winner J.Lo pulled off a subtle mid-evening nail color shift, thanks to OPI global nail ambassador Tom Bachik (who earned a shout-out during her acceptance speech). For Lopez’s red carpet appearance, Bachik applied OPI Chrome Effects in Tin Man Can over OPI GelColor Alpine Snow, and then changed it up for her performance by layering on Chrome Effects in Gold Digger.

Cardi B

Cardi B: Multiple Video Music Award winner Cardi B did not disappoint her nail-loving fans, hitting the red carpet in a crystal-encrusted set designed by her go-to manicurist Jenny Bui.

Ariana Grande nails

Ariana Grande: Perfectly in sync with this fall’s white tip trend, Best Pop winner Ariana Grande, as well as her mother and grandmother, wore matching “cloudy sky” nails designed by Natalie Minerva.

Blake Lively nails

Blake Lively: Another A-lister opting for white nails, presenter Blake Lively wore a white- on-white art deco-inspired manicure created by Elle using Essie Blanc and Pearly White.

–by Lotus Abrams


[Images: Getty Images; Instagram]

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