Best Celebrity Nail Art Of 2012

Yep, it’s true—2012 is almost over, and, gosh, what a fashion-filled year it has been! From the breathtaking magazine covers to the oh-so-shocking haircuts to the incredible red carpet dresses, there certainly wasn’t a dull fashion moment over the past 12 months. So sit back and relax as we reminisce about all our favorite style moments of 2012.

We’re not exaggerating when we say this was THE year of nail art. Sure, 2011 had its fair share of tricked-out tips, but 2012 brought out the best nail game in everyone. So, let’s start off the Best of 2012 with bang by introducing the most killing-est (that’s a word) celebrity nail art from the entire year.

KATY PERRY: BEST THEMED TIPS

Photo: Getty Images/@KatyPerry’s Twitter

It’s no secret that Katy Perry has a penchant for seriously-detailed digits, and with the help of go-to nail artist Kimmie Kyees, the singer has sported some of the most intricate manis we have seen to date, including (but not limited to!) metallic goth florals, Hollywood movie nails, Barack Obama tips, and the entire cast of Daria. Girl loves a good theme!

DEMI LOVATO: MOST BADASS NAILS

Demi Lovato is a little newer to the nail scene, as she’s only been openly sharing her out-of-this-world manis over the past few months, but she quickly brought them to a level of badass that CANNOT be surpassed. Her nail artist Stephanie Stone hooked her up with everything from super glossy black and red studded ruffians to blinged-out black and diamond rhinestone digits to gold and leather nails to 3D spiky marbled tips. WHEW. *bows down*

ALEXIS KRAUSS: MOST INTRICATE ILLUSTRATED NAILS

Photo: Getty Images/Ria Lopez

We’ve been following Sleigh Bells’ singer Alexis Krauss and her killer nail game ALL year long thanks to discovering her nail artist Ria Lopez who resides right here in NYC. Ria is the master of intricate illustrated designs that never fail to impress us, and Alexis fronting Sephora’s latest holiday campaign solidifies that she’s a bona fide beauty expert.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL: BEST RETRO-INSPIRED NAIL ART

Photo: Getty Images/@ZooeyDeschanel’s Twitter

There was an EXACT moment this year (this was it) when we realized Zooey Deschanel was equally-if-not-more obsessed with nail art than us, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Her retro-inspired fashion ALSO translates perfectly into oh-so-cutesy manicures that have a vintage-y vibe but are still totally on trend. We particularly like the red, white and blue anchor mani, the pretty pale yellow bow set, the ’50s-inspired teal and gold tips, and her (now infamous) Golden Globes tuxedo manicure. SO on point.

AMBER ROSE: BEST 3-D NAIL ART

Photo: Getty Images/@DaRealAmberRose’s Twitter

Amber Rose is constantly taking her nail art to the next level (literally) by sporting smile-inducing designs on her tips. (Yes, that IS fried chicken on her thumb in the top left pic.) She has worn everything from glittery pearl-encrusted stiletto nails to studded fiery tips to everything inbetween. We gotta give it up for her unrelenting dedication to nails that aren’t the easiest to maneuver on a daily basis.

KREAYSHAWN: MOST OUT-OF-THE BOX MANIS

Photo: Getty Images/@Kreayshawn’s Twitter

Kreayshawn is known for her original street style, so of course her nails would have to reflect that! She’s constantly surprising us with designs we’ve never seen before, and, like, not to be weird but we’ve seen it ALL. I mean, a gold shark fin pinky nail? That’s IN. SANE. She’s also worn 3D googly eyes over gold glitter, confetti tips, and a diagonal sculpted set. And that, my friends, is what we call out-of-the-box manis. BAM.

RIHANNA: BEST HALF-MOON MANIS

Photo: Getty Images/@Rihanna’s Twitter

Sure, Rihanna has sported her share of crazy manicures (see: the dollar bill tips above), but it seems like this year the singer was all about keeping it classic—SPECIFICALLY with the half-moon manis. She showed off the design not one, two, three, but FOUR different times over the past year proving she can’t get enough of the simply-chic design.

KE$HA: MOST ORIGINAL NAIL ART

Photo: Getty Images/@Keshasuxx’s Twitter

Welp, Ke$ha isn’t afraid to go balls-out (heh, re: her inappropriate nails above), and we like that. When it comes to her nails, she’ll try anything once, so whenever she tweets her digits we’re never sure WHAT to expect. This year alone, she’s sported everything from 3D flowers to skulls to lightning bolts to pointed studded manis, and we applaud her for it!

RITA ORA: BEST GRAPHIC PRINT NAILS

We love how Rita Ora is always showin’ off her cute, graphic nail game done by nail artist Rebecca Jade Wilson. She always opts for striking designs that have a bit of a mod-meets-streetwear feel, and we’re OB-SESSED with it. Peep her galaxy fade, gold camo, and monochrome checkered mani to see what we mean.

LADY GAGA: BEST HAND GAME

Photo: Getty Images

So, this happened: Lady Gaga wore THE most decked-out mani to date, which went as far as to engulf her entire hand. Yep, that’s gold roses, bees, pearls and chains you see there, which officially makes her the winner of ALL nail art for the entire year. We’d clap for her, but we can’t because our hands are covered in gold too.

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