Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel wears golden camera reels on her nails for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.
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It's no secret that we're die-hard nail art aficionados here at MTV Style, and given that Zooey Deschanel is one most active celebrities in the nail game, we were amped to see what she'd have in store for her 2013 Golden Globe Awards red carpet look. Zooey traipsed down the step-and-repeat in a glamorous Oscar de la Renta gown in bright red and fit for a princess. She styled the dress with a flirty evening ponytail and a strand of big ivory pearls, but it was the action happening above her cuticles that we were most excited to uncover. We maaaay or may not have had an office pool betting on what theme the New Girl actress would run with this evening.


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Madeline Poole Nails Nails Nails

Madeline Poole and a behind-the-scenes pic of nail art from her new book 'Nails, Nails Nails.'
Photo: Madeline Poole's Facebook/Tumblr

You may think you don't know nail artist Madeline Poole, but we can guarantee you've seen the LA-based manicurist's handiwork within the past year—whether you meant to or not. She was the mastermind behind Kelly Osbourne's killer digits for FAULT's fall cover shoot (among many, many others!), the gal who created all those dope American Apparel nail tutorials, the genius behind Nasty Gal's campaigns, and has done so many celebs' nails we can barely even keep track (our faves? Ke$ha and Kreayshawn). Even if you don't follow fashion mags, you might've also spotted her name in Sephora thanks to The New Black x Madeline Poole nail art kits. (Psst: We've even showcased her work right here on the blog!) Believe it or not, Madeline has even more amazingness up her sleeve—she's releasing a book which gives step-by-step instructions on how to complete all her signature designs this spring. YASSS.


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Ciate Foil Nail Art

Ciaté's Very Colourfoil Manicure in Wonderland.
Photo: Courtesy of Sephora

Man, is there anything you can't do with your nails these days? UK-based nail brand Ciaté (you know, the peeps who brought you the caviar and velvet manicure) have released yet another kit to deck out your digits with—this time with foil! OooOOooh. Their Very Colourfoil (heh) Manicure collection (which is currently available to purchase on Sephora.com for $19) includes three different kits of foil sheets and polish to create an oh-so-glam look. Each kit contains foil fix glue, a paint pot, 30 foil sheets, and a "Colourfoil Canvas" to try out a design before you put in on your fingers. SMART. The description says, "Ciaté's Creative Director Charlotte Knight was inspired by gleaming metallic accessories, models wrapped head-to-toe in luxe foil shades at London Fashion Week, and unique-fashion street-styling to create this inspirational nail kit." The Wonderland set, above, comes with a slate grey Cream Soda color polish and the foil sheets Flash, Fizz, Feisty, Fling, Flirt, Frost. Fun!


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China Glaze

The China Glaze Tranzitions nail polish in action.
Photo: Via ChinaGlazeOfficial's YouTube

Guys, nail art can be hard. We get it. You need a steady hand, a teeny tiny brush, tons of time--whew, we're getting tired just thinking about it. Lucky for us, the geniuses over at China Glaze created a set of polishes that transform into a new color with the swipe of a clear top coat--meaning, yes, it doesn't take much skill to create a fresh new design in seconds. I know, I know, it sounds INSANE, but believe us when we say it's absolutely, 100% true. (We even have video evidence!) Their collection, appropriately called Tranzitions, includes six color-changing polishes that will literally change hues before your eyes as you apply a clear layer on top. The best part is that ANY top coat works, meaning the options are endless, y'all!


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Listen, winter doesn't have to be so bad. Yeah, sure, the days are getting WAY shorter, and all that layering is starting to get annoying/sweaty/cumbersome, but, you guys! 'Tis the season for snow! We LOVE those super wintery days, and since it's mid-December we think it's time to celebrate those oh-so-beautiful snowflakes by transforming them into killer nail designs. First up, is a '60s-inspired teal, white and black snowflake set that definitely gives us mod-era vibes, which we love. The best part, though, is that there's a video in how to recreate this entire look in under 4 minutes. Hope you have that tiny brush handy, y'all!


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Yep, it's true—2012 is almost over, and, gosh, what a fashion-filled year it has been! From the breathtaking magazine covers to the oh-so-shocking haircuts to the incredible red carpet dresses, there certainly wasn't a dull fashion moment over the past 12 months. So sit back and relax as we reminisce about all our favorite style moments of 2012.

We're not exaggerating when we say this was THE year of nail art. Sure, 2011 had its fair share of tricked-out tips, but 2012 brought out the best nail game in everyone. So, let's start off the Best of 2012 with bang by introducing the most killing-est (that's a word) celebrity nail art from the entire year.


Katy Perry Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/@KatyPerry's Twitter

It's no secret that Katy Perry has a penchant for seriously-detailed digits, and with the help of go-to nail artist Kimmie Kyees, the singer has sported some of the most intricate manis we have seen to date, including (but not limited to!) metallic goth florals, Hollywood movie nails, Barack Obama tips, and the entire cast of Daria. Girl loves a good theme!


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Alexa Chung Leather Nails

Alexa Chung sporting leather nails at the British Fashion Awards in London on Nov. 27.
Photo: Getty Images/Nails Inc

As the nail art scene continues to grow, we're certainly seeing no shortage of fun textures to play with on our tips. We've already tried colorful caviar nails, fuzzy velvet manis, and now—drum roll—comes leather! We were tipped off to this amazingness thanks to Alexa Chung. She tweeted, "Aaaaannnnnndddd thanks @nailsinc for my leather nails! #kinky" to which we IMMEDIATELY hopped on Google to find out what "leather nails" actually entailed. As it turns out, leather nails TOTALLY exist, and it comes in a easy-to-apply packaged set to try out ourselves. Eeeee!


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Guys, we can't stop spotting brocade print EVERY. WHERE. From Marc Jacobs to Anna Sui to the vintage Versace resurgence, there's certainly no shortage of baroque-inspired fashion this fall. Lucky for us nail art fiends, this translates into an oh-so-gorgeous nail design that'll fit right in with all those holiday festivities ahead. We LOVE the copper and black take (above) that's equally badass as it beautiful. P.S.— Peep that accent nail handiwork. Daaaang.


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Thanksgiving Nail Art

Photo: Via Wah Nails

Listen, we know what you're thinking: "Are they seriously trying to make literal Thanksgiving nails happen?" Yes, yes we are. Sure, you can do fall-themed nails all season, but we only gather around a table once a year to eat our FACES off, so why not celebrate it? Better yet, why not give a hat tip the main star of most T-Day dinners: the turkey. We surely don't give the 'ol bird enough thanks as it is, so we thought it would be appropriate/awesome to dedicate an entire nail post to them. (Is it sad that this is already starting to make us hungry?) Up first are the experts at Wah Nails. They created a design with not one, but TWO turkeys on them, complete with a pilgrim and some corn. Yeah, we're just gonna go ahead and bow down now. WEARENOTWORTHY.


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Alexis Krauss Sephora

Alexis Krauss for Sephora.
Photo: Via Sephora's Facebook

Let's just admit it: Alexis Krauss has been killin' it as of late. The Sleigh Bells frontwoman (and MTV Style fashion icon) not only rocks the best outfits in onstage and in music videos, but she's officially starting to branch out into the fashion world, and we could NOT be more excited about it. Earlier in month we peeped her modeling skills in the Obesity and Speed campaign, and this week, Alexis appeared in Sephora's holiday "Celebrate Your Extraordinary" campaign. WUT. She's featured alongside Parker Posey, Leelee Sobieski, Into The Gloss founder Emily Weiss, and Wonderland fashion editor Julia Sarr-Jamois sporting jet-black liner, a touch of blush and a nude lip. But, we have to admit our favorite part are THOSE. NAILS. So, of course we had to reach out to Alexis' personal nail artist Ria Lopez, (whom you maaayyy remember from a video we did a little while back) and she dished on the inspiration behind her design, what it was like working on her first campaign, and even told us her fave Sephora nail products. Oh la la! Check it out after the jump.


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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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