Celebrity The Best Manicures of 2012 By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on February 7, 2014 @ 02:30PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Albert Michael/startraksphoto The Best Manicures of 2012 01 of 85 Anne Hathaway PL/Capital Pictures/AdMedia; Stuart Wilson/Getty Images Hathaway paired her Givenchy ensemble with a blinged-out reverse French manicure at the London premiere of Les Miserables. Her manicurist Jenni Draper used a trio of budget-friendly lacquers by Mavala (in Silver, Sparkling Silver, and Reno) to create the look. 02 of 85 Cameron Diaz Rob Loud/Getty Images Diaz's manicurist Michelle Davignon used LCN's Walk of Fame ($14, lcnboutique.com) to play off of the star's Lanvin ensemble. 03 of 85 Anne Hathaway Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP The star added a lone white nail to her red manicure. 04 of 85 Vanessa Hudgens Andrew Toth/Startraksphoto Hudgens debuted mint and white sparkly acrylic nails at the 24 Hour Plays benefit performance in New York. "Me and my little sister got acrylic long nails for Halloween, so they were red," she explained. "Then I got bored, so I painted them white. Then I got bored of the white, so I got mint and glitter, so now I'm left with Easter eggs! It's good for now, but they're going to change soon." As for the length? "It's very impractical," she said. "I could barely button my shirt!" 05 of 85 Rita Ora WireImage (2) To match both of her ensembles at the MTV EMAs, the singer added red lace detail to each of her digits. 06 of 85 Gwen Stefani Mike Marsland/Wireimage A white statement nail added edge to Stefani's otherwise dark manicure. 07 of 85 Heidi Klum Kevin Mazur/WireImage Klum mirrored the studded detail in her dress with her metallic bejeweled nails. 08 of 85 Kim Kardashian Venturelli/WireImage Kardashian accented her ornate LBD with a shiny patent manicure. 09 of 85 Kerry Washington Matt Baron / BEImages; Katy Winn/INFphoto "These are actually from a photo shoot I did yesterday with my Django co-stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio," Washington told us on her nude and black half-moon mani. "I funked it up a little bit. I added the half moon!" 10 of 85 Tyra Banks Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tyra Banks (2) The supermodel mirrored her gown's crisp striped pattern on her nails in October. 11 of 85 Michelle Obama Harry E. Walker/MCT via Getty Images At the Democratic National Convention in September 2012, the First Lady wore a trendy grey manicure. 12 of 85 Sophia Bush Christopher Polk/Getty Images; Mark Davis/WireImage Bush was trendy in tangerine from head to toe, matching her dress to her manicure. 13 of 85 Rihanna Splash News Manicure maven Rihanna accented her black and white top with a matte sable design. 14 of 85 Ellie Kemper Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic The Office star matched her inky navy lacquer to her intricate dress. 15 of 85 Ashley Madekwe Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic The Revenge star played up her printed ensemble with a neon orangey-pink lacquer. 16 of 85 Olivia Munn WireImage (2) Between Munn's polka dotted manicure and spherical-print dress, her ensemble at the 2012 VH1 Do Something Awards certainly came full circle. 17 of 85 Zooey Deschanel Jason Merritt/Getty Images Never one to disappoint in the manicure department, Deschanel wore a gold glitter and red French design with a checkered statement nail. 18 of 85 Marion Cotillard Derek Storm / Splash News The actress wore a delicate robin's egg blue lacquer. 19 of 85 Jessica Biel CFI / Splash News At the ESPY Awards in July 2012, Biel wore a pretty coral hue. 20 of 85 Serena Williams Julian Finney/Getty Images; Clive Rose/Getty Images Ever the nail art enthusiast, Williams served up a floral pattern on a nude base at Wimbledon 2012. 21 of 85 Zooey Deschanel Tiffany Rose/WireImage Always one to lacquer up in fun nail art, Deschanel added a 3D bow decked out in rhinestones to her pastel yellow manicure. 22 of 85 Alexa Chung Tim Whitby/Getty Images Chung dressed up her nude nails with a ladybug-shaped gem. 23 of 85 Ginnifer Goodwin HPA / iPhotoLive; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic I went to tweet that I'd be presenting, and realized that my nail polish is the exact color of the Twitter emblem and banner," said Goodwin, who wore OPI's I Don't Give a Rotterdam shade. "I'm calling it Twitter blue. I hope that OPI doesn't mind that I renamed their polish!" 24 of 85 Cobie Smulders Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Tammie Arroyo / AFF-USA The How I Met Your Mother star wore Chanel's Le Vernis in Graphite, a slate-hued mirrored chrome. 25 of 85 Minka Kelly Carly Otnessl/BFAnyc/Sipa USA Kelly added a pop of color with Chanel's Orange Fizz ($27, chanel.com). 26 of 85 Princess Eugenie's Patriotic Nail Art Danny Martindale/WireImage; REUTERS/Chris Jackson/POOL /LANDOV To celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, Princess Eugenie got creative with her mani, and wore a fun Union Jack design. 27 of 85 Jennifer Hudson Johnny Nunez/Getty Images Hudson wore a cute violet lacquer. 28 of 85 Karolina Kurkova Richie Buxo / Splash News The model was trendy in tangerine, matching her nails to her outfit and lipstick. 29 of 85 Santigold Will Ragozzino/BFAnyc/Sipa USA The star matched her nails to her cool turquoise eye shadow. 30 of 85 Emma Stone Jackson Lee / Splash News The actress paired her bold red dress with a soft blue lacquer. 31 of 85 Busy Philipps JB Lacroix/WireImage Philipps put a twist on the traditional French mani by adding cobalt tips. 32 of 85 Jessica Alba Donato Sardella/WireImage Alba added a springy pop of color to her ensemble with a lilac nail polish. 33 of 85 Ginnifer Goodwin Paul Morigi/WireImage The actress offset her LBD with a cute robin's egg blue. 34 of 85 Michelle Trachtenberg Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images Trachtenberg wore a trendy seafoam lacquer. 35 of 85 Brooklyn Decker Don Arnold/WireImage At the Battleship Australian premiere in Sydney, Decker matched her gold nails to the sleeves on her dress. 36 of 85 Taylor Swift Rick Diamond/ACMA2012/Getty Images The singer channeled her inner Greek goddess at the ACM awards in Las Vegas by pairing her gold polish with an elegant white dress. 37 of 85 Rihanna Bauer-Griffin At the UK photocall for Battleship, Rihanna added a metallic tip to her white nails. 38 of 85 Kristen Stewart Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Stewart's manicurist Ashlie Johnson painted on Chanel's Rouge Carat. 39 of 85 Selena Gomez RE/Westcom/starmaxinc; Jordan Strauss/WireImage Gomez was pretty in pink at the Kid's Choice Awards. 40 of 85 Miranda Lambert AP Photo/Isaac Brekken Lambert showed off her gilded mani at the ACM Awards. 41 of 85 Carrie Underwood Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup; Byron Purvis/AdMedia/Sipa USA Underwood painted on a soft candy pink. 42 of 85 Hillary Scott Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Lady Antebellum singer Scott lacquered up in a punchy cobalt. 43 of 85 Martina McBride RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital McBride wore a creamy pastel. 44 of 85 Abbie Cornish John Shearer/Getty Images Cornish wore Wasteland by CK One, a gunmetal grey, then painted on a light grey statement nail. 45 of 85 Katharine McPhee Eugene Gologursky/WireImage The Smash star accented her blue dress with a pastel seafoam polish. 46 of 85 January Jones Harry Pluviose / Retna Ltd.; Broadimage Newswire The actress played up her all-black ensemble with an inky noir manicure. 47 of 85 Beyonce Ramey Photo; Humberto Carreno/startraksphoto Beyonce wore a shimmer-flecked cobalt inspired by new daughter Blue Ivy while out in New York City. 48 of 85 Zoe Kravitz Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc/Sipa USA Kravitz kicked off spring with a grass green polish at Calvin Klein's screening of The Hunger Games in New York City. 49 of 85 Rihanna Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto Ever the mani enthusiast, Rihanna added a golden tip to her intricate nail art. 50 of 85 Miranda Lambert Patrick Rideaux/PicturePerfect; Jason Merritt/Getty Images At the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games, Lambert wore a steely pewter polish. 51 of 85 Kate Middleton Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris; Mirrorpix / Splash News On a recent trip to Leicester, England, the Duchess of Cambridge traded her traditional nude nail for a springy peach lacquer. 52 of 85 Jennifer Lopez Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Michael Buckner/Getty Images "We were excited to try out a more modern look for the red carpet," said manicurist Tom Bachik, who created JLo's nails at the Academy Awards. He achieved the look using the L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in Because You're Worth It as the base, then swiped the brand's Haute Couture Red onto the tip in a V-shape. 53 of 85 Sandra Bullock Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images; Kevin Winter/Getty Images Bullock painted on a dark ink polish at the 2012 Oscars. 54 of 85 Kristen Wiig Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images The Bridesmaids star lacquered up in basic black at the 2012 Oscars. 55 of 85 Kate Mara Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Mara's sable nails provided a striking contrast to her feminine ensemble. 56 of 85 Alexa Chung Zumapress; Mike Marsland/WireImage Chung's nail art drew many eyes at 2012 London Fashion Week in February. 57 of 85 Seal Andy Athineos/INFphoto The singer was spotted lacquered up in a fluorescent yellow. 58 of 85 Cash Warren Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Warren hit up New York Fashion Week 2012 in a bold fuchsia polish. 59 of 85 Rihanna Dan MacMedan/WireImage "I wanted something a little Michelle Pfeiffer from Scarface - sexy, but a little gangsta' at the same time," Rihanna told Ryan Seacrest of her gown. To complement her Armani halter, manicurist Kimmie Kyees applied Red Carpet Manicure's gel manicure in the Amor 24 shade. Kyees added a gold dollar sign to the singer's nails to finish the look. 60 of 85 Katy Perry Steve Granitz/WireImage Feeling blue, Katy? The singer matched her hair to her powder blue gown, and finished the look with a sapphire French manicure. 61 of 85 Lady Gaga Kevin Mazur/WireImage Always one to sport outrageous manicures, Gaga wore long, mirror-like nails in a steely gunmetal. 62 of 85 Kelly Rowland Larry Busacca/Getty Images Rowland sported a gilded manicure with a blinged-out rhinestone statement nail. 63 of 85 Miranda Lambert RD / Orchon / Retna Digital Lambert's fingers gave off shine with a shimmery champagne polish. 64 of 85 Jennifer Hudson Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images Hudson wore a shimmery azure lacquer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. 65 of 85 Vanessa Hudgens Steve Granitz/WireImage; Byron Purvis/AdMedia/Sipa USA Hudgens wore a shiny copper polish to the Los Angeles premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. 66 of 85 Zoe Saldana Andreas Branch/PatrickMcMullan.com/Sipa USA Saldana added contrast to her white gown with a striking black manicure. 67 of 85 Kristen Wiig Jason Merritt/Getty Images The SNL star wore a dark noir lacquer at the 2012 SAG Awards. 68 of 85 Melissa McCarthy Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Funny lady McCarthy wore a black polish laced with with copper shimmer. 69 of 85 Tilda Swinton Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Christopher Polk/WireImage Swinton wore a deep red wine hue. 70 of 85 Emmy Rossum Albert Michael/startraksphoto The Shameless star accented her printed frock with a creamy pastel pink mani. 71 of 85 Katherine Heigl Anthony Behar/Sipa Press At the New York premiere of One for the Money, Heigl wore a retro half moon manicure in a wine and buff combo. 72 of 85 Rachel Zoe David X. Prutting/BFAnyc/Sipa USA The fashionista sported a deep bordeaux on her nails. 73 of 85 Cameron Diaz FameFlynet Diaz hit up Paris Fashion Week with a dark wine manicure. 74 of 85 Mandy Moore Jen Lowery / Splash News; Michael Tran/FilmMagic The singer wore a plum wine lacquer to an event in Hollywood. 75 of 85 Emma Roberts Sonia Recchia/Getty Images Roberts matched her frock to her manicure with a steely silver polish. 76 of 85 Jennifer Hudson Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images for Ketchum Hudson accented her black and white ensemble with a punchy neon pink. 77 of 85 Reese Witherspoon Jason Merritt/Getty Images Reese Witherspoon worked siren red nails and a siren red gown at the Golden Globes. 78 of 85 Michelle Williams Getty Images (2) The Golden Globes Best Actress winner took a break from her everyday neutrals, opting instead for a bright, contrasting pink. 79 of 85 Salma Hayek WireImage (2) Hayek's nails may look as black as her strapless Gucci gown, but they're actually a deep shade of purple. 80 of 85 Zooey Deschanel Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Tiny black and white tuxedos? We're in love! 81 of 85 Evan Rachel Wood Steve Granitz/WireImage The Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress nominee accented her slinky green Gucci dress with a down-to-earth greige. 82 of 85 Shailene Woodley Steve Granitz/WireImage An earthy burnt orange tone - Essie's Very Structured - stood out against the Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress nominee's pale pastel Marchesa gown. 83 of 85 Julianna Margulies Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Deborah Lippmann's Glamorous Life, a mellow rose gold polish, paired regally with the Golden Globes Best Actress nominee's beaded purple Naeem Khan gown. 84 of 85 Alexa Chung Johns PKI / Splash News (2) Always the trendsetter, Chung added a pop of fiery tangerine to her otherwise dark ensemble. 85 of 85 Kylie Jenner Albert Michael/startraksphoto Kim's little sister accented her burnt orange frock with a navy mani.