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There are many reasons the is the most festive red carpet of the year. With dressing themes that run the gamut from punk to Prada, you can bet designers, celebrities, and models go all out.

Every season, we look forward to seeing the hair, makeup, and gowns — but perhaps one of the most fun elements is the nails. A-listers deck out their digits in sparkly prints, romantic neutrals, and traffic-stopping neons. Keep reading to see some of our favorite manicures from Met Galas past.

 

, Met Gala 2016, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

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These custom KISS nails were crafted by celebrity manicurist Mar y Soul. The $2,000 chrome nails are embellished with hidden crystals on the underside.

 

Kate Hudson, Met Gala 2016, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

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Manicurist Alicia Torello used OPI nail polishes to create this geometric look on Kate Hudson.

 

Selena Gomez, Met Gala 2016, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

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Geraldine Holford created this faded glitter nail art on Selena Gomez using Red Carpet Manicure polishes.

 

, Met Gala 2015, China: Through the Looking Glass

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‘s ombré, glitter manicure was anything but fluffy.

 

, Met Gala 2015, China: Through the Looking Glass

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Naturally, ‘s “naked dress” begged for a neutral-hued nail polish pick.

 

FKA Twigs, Met Gala 2015, China: Through the Looking Glass

manicuresSometimes a simple yet eye-catching coral does the trick — as proven by FKA Twigs.

 

Lupita Nyong’o, Met Gala 2014, Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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Lupita Nyong’o’s creative nail color was created by Deborah Lippmann topping a green shade with lilac.

 

Solange Knowles, Met Gala 2014, Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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A sherbet-colored mani looked season-ready on Solange Knowles.

 

Blake Lively, Met Gala 2013, Punk: Chaos to Couture

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Blake Lively took inspiration from the print on her dress for her negative-space nail art design.

 

Katy Perry, Met Gala 2013, Punk: Chaos to Couture

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Katy Perry went all out with gilded, printed digits to go with her sparkly dress.

 

Julianne Hough, Met Gala 2013, Punk: Chaos to Couture

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Two accent nails — a textured black one and a blinged-out ring finger — looked unexpected on Julianne Hough.

 

Rita Ora, Met Gala 2013, Punk: Chaos to Couture

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Rita Ora provided another successful example of coordinating the print on your gown to the one on your nails.

 

Emma Stone, Met Gala 2012, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

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Emma Stone rocked the red carpet with a patriotic mix of a red dress and bright blue nails.

 

Janelle Monáe, Met Gala 2012, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

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The singer looked classically cool with a red-orange lip and nails to juxtapose a sleek black ensemble.

 

Coco Rocha, Met Gala 2012, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

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Coco Rocha wore pink metallic Barbie polish that complemented her vibrant hair and top.

 

Iman, Met Gala 2011, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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The supermodel’s moody brown mani looked edgy against her ultraglam sequined dress.

 

Jennifer Lopez, Met Gala 2011, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Only Jennifer Lopez could make all pink everything look super chic.

 

Fergie, Met Gala, 2011 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Fergie proved to be a trendsetter as her long, neutral talons are still a hot trend in 2016.

 

 

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