Lizzo and Yara Shahidi Wore Essie Nail Looks at BET Awards


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.

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