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Chrome Nails, The Invasive Species Of Nail Art, Took Over The VMAs

Chrome, sweet chrome.

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Chrome nails are taking over the world (of nail art). The trend that started with glazed doughnut nails has launched a thousand chromatic iterations, from silver to steel to strawberry glazed. I love them all and, apparently, so did the celebs at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Dove Cameron, the unofficial punk queen of the 2022 VMAs, incorporated chrome nails into her fierce asymmetrical mani.

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Both of Cameron’s pinkies are entirely chrome — the vibe is very much spiked mace with a dash of meat tenderizer — and there are thorny chrome vines on her index fingers as well.

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As soon as Lizzo stepped onto the VMAs black carpet, I was immediately drawn in by her nail’s metallic gleam half-hidden by her sheer gloves. Once the gloves were off, Lizzo’s mani, designed by celeb nail artist Eri Ishizu, did not disappoint.

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For her VMAs chrome nails, Latto opted for a silver french manicure. The shape of her nails really made this look pop. While you could call them square, there’s actually a gentle tapering effect that really highlights the chrome.

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Thanks to the tapered shape, the chrome french tip on Latto’s nails actually takes up about half of her nail beds for a truly dramatic look.

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Chloe Fineman was serving I Am Robot realness from head to toe and her nails were no exception. They were high-shine, mega-gloss, super-sharp chrome claws with just a touch of organic matter — a teeny tiny carrot charm dangling off her pinky.

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The whole ‘fit, mani included, was designed by, and nodded to, Instacart. Fineman referred to her look as cart couture. I don’t care what it’s called, I just want those silver nails.

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Kerri Colby also had silver chrome nails, but with an extra twist. Her nails featured a spikey pattern not dissimilar to Cameron’s spiked pinky fingernails. I love the pattern repeated across all 10 of Colby’s nails and almost wish Cameron had done the same.

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Colby’s chrome nails reflected the simple chain she wore around the neck of her Mugler bodysuit and even caught some shine from her silvery highlighter.

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Anitta’s take on chrome nails is more aligned with the doughnut nails of summer. Her nail look was designed by nail artist Naomi Yasuda and was described by Yasuda as a “champagne chrome ombré.”

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Yasuda created this gold-dipped look using tools from the KISS Manicure Kit and the KISS Salon Dip Color System, a powder alternative to UV gel polish, along with golden chrome powder to make Anitta’s mani pop against her moon man statuette.

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