The Best Manicures of 2012

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kylie Jenner
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The Best Manicures of 2012

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Anne Hathaway

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Anne Hathaway
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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.

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Cameron Diaz

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Cameron Diaz
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Diaz's manicurist Michelle Davignon used LCN's Walk of Fame ($14, lcnboutique.com) to play off of the star's Lanvin ensemble.

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Anne Hathaway

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Anne Hathaway
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The star added a lone white nail to her red manicure.

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Vanessa Hudgens

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Vanessa Hudgens
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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!"

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Rita Ora

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Rita Ora
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To match both of her ensembles at the MTV EMAs, the singer added red lace detail to each of her digits.

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Gwen Stefani

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Gwen Stefani
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A white statement nail added edge to Stefani's otherwise dark manicure.

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Heidi Klum

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Heidi Klum
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Klum mirrored the studded detail in her dress with her metallic bejeweled nails.

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Kim Kardashian

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kim Kardashian
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Kardashian accented her ornate LBD with a shiny patent manicure.

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Kerry Washington

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kerry Washington
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"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!"

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Tyra Banks

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Tyra Banks
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The supermodel mirrored her gown's crisp striped pattern on her nails in October.

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Michelle Obama

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Michelle Obama
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At the Democratic National Convention in September 2012, the First Lady wore a trendy grey manicure.

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Sophia Bush

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Sophia Bush
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Bush was trendy in tangerine from head to toe, matching her dress to her manicure.

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Rihanna

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Rihanna
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Manicure maven Rihanna accented her black and white top with a matte sable design.

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Ellie Kemper

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Ellie Kemper
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The Office

star matched her inky navy lacquer to her intricate dress.

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Ashley Madekwe

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Ashley Madekwe
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The Revenge

star played up her printed ensemble with a neon orangey-pink lacquer.

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Olivia Munn

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Olivia Munn
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Between Munn's polka dotted manicure and spherical-print dress, her ensemble at the 2012 VH1 Do Something Awards certainly came full circle.

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Zooey Deschanel

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Zooey Deschanel
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Never one to disappoint in the manicure department, Deschanel wore a gold glitter and red French design with a checkered statement nail.

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Marion Cotillard

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Marion Cotillard
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The actress wore a delicate robin's egg blue lacquer.

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Jessica Biel

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Jessica Biel
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At the ESPY Awards in July 2012, Biel wore a pretty coral hue.

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Serena Williams

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Serena Williams
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Ever the nail art enthusiast, Williams served up a floral pattern on a nude base at Wimbledon 2012.

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Zooey Deschanel

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Zooey Deschanel
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Always one to lacquer up in fun nail art, Deschanel added a 3D bow decked out in rhinestones to her pastel yellow manicure.

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Alexa Chung

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Alexa Chung
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Chung dressed up her nude nails with a ladybug-shaped gem.

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Ginnifer Goodwin

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Ginnifer Goodwin
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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!"

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Cobie Smulders

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Cobie Smulders
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The How I Met Your Mother star wore Chanel's Le Vernis in Graphite, a slate-hued mirrored chrome.

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Minka Kelly

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Minka Kelly
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Kelly added a pop of color with Chanel's Orange Fizz ($27, chanel.com).

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Princess Eugenie's Patriotic Nail Art

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Princess Eugenie's Patriotic Nail Art
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To celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, Princess Eugenie got creative with her mani, and wore a fun Union Jack design.

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Jennifer Hudson

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Jennifer Hudson
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Hudson wore a cute violet lacquer.

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Karolina Kurkova

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Karolina Kurkova
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The model was trendy in tangerine, matching her nails to her outfit and lipstick.

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Santigold

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Santigold
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The star matched her nails to her cool turquoise eye shadow.

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Emma Stone

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Emma Stone
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The actress paired her bold red dress with a soft blue lacquer.

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Busy Philipps

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Busy Philipps
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Philipps put a twist on the traditional French mani by adding cobalt tips.

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Jessica Alba

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Jessica Alba
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Alba added a springy pop of color to her ensemble with a lilac nail polish.

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Ginnifer Goodwin

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Ginnifer Goodwin
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The actress offset her LBD with a cute robin's egg blue.

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Michelle Trachtenberg

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Michelle Trachtenberg
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Trachtenberg wore a trendy seafoam lacquer.

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Brooklyn Decker

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Brooklyn Decker
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At the Battleship Australian premiere in Sydney, Decker matched her gold nails to the sleeves on her dress.

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Taylor Swift

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Taylor Swift
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The singer channeled her inner Greek goddess at the ACM awards in Las Vegas by pairing her gold polish with an elegant white dress.

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Rihanna

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Rihanna
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At the UK photocall for Battleship, Rihanna added a metallic tip to her white nails.

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Kristen Stewart

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kristen Stewart
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Stewart's manicurist Ashlie Johnson painted on Chanel's Rouge Carat.

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Selena Gomez

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Selena Gomez
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Gomez was pretty in pink at the Kid's Choice Awards.

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Miranda Lambert

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Miranda Lambert
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Lambert showed off her gilded mani at the ACM Awards.

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Carrie Underwood

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Carrie Underwood
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Underwood painted on a soft candy pink.

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Hillary Scott

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Hillary Scott
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Lady Antebellum singer Scott lacquered up in a punchy cobalt.

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Martina McBride

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Martina McBride
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McBride wore a creamy pastel.

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Abbie Cornish

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Abbie Cornish
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Cornish wore Wasteland by CK One, a gunmetal grey, then painted on a light grey statement nail.

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Katharine McPhee

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Katharine McPhee
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The Smash star accented her blue dress with a pastel seafoam polish.

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January Jones

2012 Celebrity Manicures - January Jones
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The actress played up her all-black ensemble with an inky noir manicure.

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Beyonce

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Beyonce
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Beyonce wore a shimmer-flecked cobalt inspired by new daughter Blue Ivy while out in New York City.

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Zoe Kravitz

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Zoe Kravitz
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Kravitz kicked off spring with a grass green polish at Calvin Klein's screening of The Hunger Games in New York City.

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Rihanna

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Rihanna
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Ever the mani enthusiast, Rihanna added a golden tip to her intricate nail art.

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Miranda Lambert

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Miranda Lambert
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At the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games, Lambert wore a steely pewter polish.

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Kate Middleton

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kate Middleton
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On a recent trip to Leicester, England, the Duchess of Cambridge traded her traditional nude nail for a springy peach lacquer.

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Jennifer Lopez

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Jennifer Lopez
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"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.

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Sandra Bullock

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Sandra Bullock
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Bullock painted on a dark ink polish at the 2012 Oscars.

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Kristen Wiig

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kristen Wiig
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The Bridesmaids star lacquered up in basic black at the 2012 Oscars.

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Kate Mara

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kate Mara
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Mara's sable nails provided a striking contrast to her feminine ensemble.

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Alexa Chung

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Alexa Chung
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Chung's nail art drew many eyes at 2012 London Fashion Week in February.

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Seal

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Seal
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The singer was spotted lacquered up in a fluorescent yellow.

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Cash Warren

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Cash Warren
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Warren hit up New York Fashion Week 2012 in a bold fuchsia polish.

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Rihanna

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Rihanna
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"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.

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Katy Perry

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Katy Perry
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Feeling blue, Katy? The singer matched her hair to her powder blue gown, and finished the look with a sapphire French manicure.

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Lady Gaga

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Lady Gaga
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Always one to sport outrageous manicures, Gaga wore long, mirror-like nails in a steely gunmetal.

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Kelly Rowland

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kelly Rowland
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Rowland sported a gilded manicure with a blinged-out rhinestone statement nail.

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Miranda Lambert

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Miranda Lambert
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Lambert's fingers gave off shine with a shimmery champagne polish.

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Jennifer Hudson

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Jennifer Hudson
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Hudson wore a shimmery azure lacquer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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Vanessa Hudgens

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Vanessa Hudgens
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Hudgens wore a shiny copper polish to the Los Angeles premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

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Zoe Saldana

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Zoe Saldana
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Saldana added contrast to her white gown with a striking black manicure.

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Kristen Wiig

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kristen Wiig
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The SNL star wore a dark noir lacquer at the 2012 SAG Awards.

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Melissa McCarthy

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Melissa McCarthy
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Funny lady McCarthy wore a black polish laced with with copper shimmer.

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Tilda Swinton

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Tilda Swinton
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Swinton wore a deep red wine hue.

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Emmy Rossum

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Emmy Rossum
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The Shameless star accented her printed frock with a creamy pastel pink mani.

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Katherine Heigl

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Katherine Heigl
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At the New York premiere of One for the Money, Heigl wore a retro half moon manicure in a wine and buff combo.

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Rachel Zoe

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Rachel Zoe
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The fashionista sported a deep bordeaux on her nails.

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Cameron Diaz

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Cameron Diaz
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Diaz hit up Paris Fashion Week with a dark wine manicure.

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Mandy Moore

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Mandy Moore
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The singer wore a plum wine lacquer to an event in Hollywood.

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Emma Roberts

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Emma Roberts
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Roberts matched her frock to her manicure with a steely silver polish.

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Jennifer Hudson

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Jennifer Hudson
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Hudson accented her black and white ensemble with a punchy neon pink.

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Reese Witherspoon

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Reese Witherspoon
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Reese Witherspoon worked siren red nails and a siren red gown at the Golden Globes.

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Michelle Williams

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Michelle Williams
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The Golden Globes Best Actress winner took a break from her everyday neutrals, opting instead for a bright, contrasting pink.

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Salma Hayek

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Salma Hayek
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Hayek's nails may look as black as her strapless Gucci gown, but they're actually a deep shade of purple.

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Zooey Deschanel

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Zooey Deschanel
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Tiny black and white tuxedos? We're in love!

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Evan Rachel Wood

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Evan Rachel Wood
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The Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress nominee accented her slinky green Gucci dress with a down-to-earth greige.

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Shailene Woodley

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Shailene Woodley
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An earthy burnt orange tone - Essie's Very Structured - stood out against the Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress nominee's pale pastel Marchesa gown.

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Julianna Margulies

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Julianna Margulies
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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.

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Alexa Chung

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Alexa Chung
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Always the trendsetter, Chung added a pop of fiery tangerine to her otherwise dark ensemble.

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Kylie Jenner

2012 Celebrity Manicures - Kylie Jenner
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Kim's little sister accented her burnt orange frock with a navy mani.

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