The Most Standout Celebrity Nails From the MTV VMAs

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There was a lot going on at the MTV VMAs 2023. From the extra-special music performances (hi, Doja Cat and Shakira) to the countless beauty moments on the red carpet, it was hard to focus on any one thing. Still, we’d implore you to try – at least when it comes to each celebrity’s nails, because the manicures this year were very, very good.

The nail trends we saw on the red carpet fell into two primary categories: extra bold and minimal. Some stars, like Sabrina Carpenter, Megan Thee Stallion, and Cardi B opted for over-the-top designs that were accessories in their own right. Meanwhile, people like Madelyn Cline and Kelsea Ballerini went with barely there looks, like the ever-popular supermodel nail color, to allow the rest of their beauty look to really shine.

While nail art was present on some fingers, other celebrities went for single polish shades, abiding by the “less is more” philosophy. There were two stand-out colors that popped up again and again: black and red nails. Olivia Rodrigo and Demi Lovato wore all-black nails, leaning into their mysterious, glam-goth vibe. In the other camp, red was spotted on the fingertips of Selena Gomez and Charli D’Amelio. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the cherry hue was predicted as one of the biggest color trends of fall 2023.

All of the manicures, no matter the style, are worth zooming in on. Keep reading to see the best celebrity nails at the MTV VMAs 2023.

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