Movie Awards 2011: The Best Nail Trends Of The Night, From Heavy Metals To Bright Whites

You’ve now washed out the hair spray, wiped off the makeup, and sent the dress to the dry cleaners, but still one relic from the MTV Movie Awards night will keep on keepin’ on for at least a few more days: the manicure (YUSSS!). The ladies of Sunday night’s Movie Awards had their nail game turned ON for summer and really showed us how it’s DONE. Bold, bright, and eye-catching are key to having red carpet-worthy nails, ’specially when the heat has risen.


Lil Mama and Lily Collins at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Whether you’re into going full-on, glammed-out rhinestone almond nails like pint-size rap princess Lil Mama or favor a subtler take à la Lily Collins, metallics are a BIG WIN for the summer months. Not only as a practical measure (umm, duh, if you’re not reflecting the light, you’re absorbing it), but a quick swipe of your metal of choice is a great way to add a healthy dose of flash to your outfit without layering on heavy bulky hardware.


Amanda Bynes and Blake Lively at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California, on June 5, 2011.
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Classic doesn’t have to mean BORING. If you favor a more natural beauty style but want to change things up, switch out the nude/light pink polish and try on a little white like Amanda Bynes and Gossip Girl Blake Lively. If you’re wary of it looking like you doused your fingertips in a bottle of Wite-Out, just don’t forget to slick on a shiny top coat. You’ll have a mani that’s crisp and clean but still unexpected and fresh for summer. PLUS, it looks great dressed up OR down!


Emma Stone and Hailee Steinfeld at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California, on June 5, 2011.
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This summer, take note from style stars Emma Stone and Hailee Steinfeld with fiery hot red nails. Sure, a bright red manicure will always be in style, but for the season, the emphasis is on wearing the staple shade SHORT. All the glamour with less maintenance! Short nails mean you don’t have to worry about breakage or dirt or looking like a total priss-face when swimming and hiking and playing beach volleyball and building sandcastles… andddd it’s time to book a vacation.

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