In amongst the glitz (and gilded) glamour of this year’s Met Gala outfits, it was easy to miss the annual event’s extravagant manicures. From Emma Chamberlain’s white, textured, coffin-shaped nails, to the golden charms on Cynthia Erivo’s long, black manicure, this year the Met Gala was all about 3D nail art. However, the standout 3D nail art design was seen on Met Gala first timer, Iris Law. We can’t stop thinking about her unique bluish-white and transparent 3D orb manicure, created by New York nail artist Mei Kawajiri (better known by her Instagram handle @NailsByMei).
Iris posted a behind-the-scenes look at her manicure yesterday on her Instagram story thanking the artist. “I can’t believe this icon did my nails, I’m the biggest fan,” she wrote. After getting a closer look at her nails, from Iris’ Instagram dump of beauty shots and a close-up post from Mei, we can see why the 21-year-old daughter of Jude Law and Sadie Frost was excited. She also joins the growing list of celebrities experimenting with 3D nail art, including Dua Lipa, Kylie Jenner, and BLACKPINK’s Lisa and Jennie.
Iris’ Met Gala nails paired perfectly with her petal-textured blue and gold dress and pastel blue eyeshadow without taking away the spotlight. The manicure’s icy white and transparent color palette let the look be subtle against the competing elements of the It girl’s look, but the 3D shape added a futuristic touch. A new spin on bubble nails, the look Mei created features a clear center and pearly circular cut-outs that resemble the shape of an orb around the length of her natural oval nail shape.
While Iris’ manicure took her to the Met Gala red carpet, we can also envision it at more casual gatherings as 3D nail art continues to trend everywhere. The shape also reminds us of oceanic designs and shells, making it a dynamic option for a beach vacation. Wherever you’re heading to, this manicure officially took summer’s hottest nail trend—the classic white manicure—to the next level and proved yet again that 3D nail art can elevate your manicures (in more ways than one).