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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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The Chanel Fall collection is available on Lacquerous.
Photo: via Lacquerous

If you didn’t know it already, we MTV Style folk are pretty obsessed with our nail art. And with Halloween and Election Day behind us, we’re getting all geared up to paint our paws for the holidays. (Cranberry colors for Thanksgiving? Tiny fir trees for Christmas? Glitter galore for New Years? The possibilities are endless!) But with so much to celebrate this season, it’s a big commitment to shell out the dough for the premium polishes that we all want. So meet Lacquerous: the brand new company that, like Rent-The-Runway before it, let’s you borrow instead of buy. For $18 a month – that’s about half of what a bottle of Chanel or Tom Ford would run you – Lacquerous will mail you three high-quality shades based on your profile’s preference. Rock the colors for a month, then send ‘em back in the prepaid envelope and you’ll get three new bottles within a few days. No more shelling out stacks for a color you wear only once! No more throwing away barely-used bottles that have turned clumpy and crusty! Pretty fabulous, right? Well… there’s a catch.

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By now we've already obsessed over our favorite EMA red carpet ensembles and peeped all the killer performance outfits, but there's still oneeee last thing we need to discuss—the nail art! Rita Ora, Heidi Klum, and Pixie Geldof all sported badass manis that matched their ensembles so perfectly we just HAD to get a closer look.

2012 EMA Nail Art

Rita Ora at the 2012 MTV EMA in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Nov. 11.
Photo: Getty Images

Rita sported an intricate fire-engine red Marchesa layered taffeta gown complete with crimson lace all across the top. Her nail art was a dead-on replica of her dress and featured a detailed red flourish design over a translucent base (just like her top!) with accents of gold (just like her jewelry!) for a mani we MUST have in our lives ASAP. *drools*

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Election Nail Art

Photo: Via Misschievous.tv

Tomorrow's the big day, friends! At 6 AM the polls open, and the 2012 Presidential Election will officially begin. And you know what? It doesn't matter who you're voting for, as long as you get in there and DO IT. We, of course, want to celebrate such an important event in the most stylish way possible, so we rounded up some killer DIY election-themed nail designs that are easy enough to do and still get plenty of shut-eye before the big day. We love this ballot-themed set (above) that includes the iconic checked box on her thumb, and red, white, blue and silver designs along the rest of the fingers. Lucky for you, there's a video tutorial to create this EXACT look, so, yeah, now you have no excuses, people.

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We're well aware that Halloween is just a couple days away, and we've definitely been finding some badass ways to celebrate (check out our zombie and mix 'n' match nails), but there's also another GIGANTIC holiday coming up later this week—the Day of the Dead! The Mexican fete, which takes place on Nov. 1, honors those that have passed away by decorating sugar skulls and visiting the graves of the deceased. Here at MTV Style, we always have to celebrate holidays in the most stylish of ways, so we rounded up our favorite Día de los Muertos-inspired sets for you to try below. Well, what are you waiting for? Get to it!

Day Of The Dead Nail Art

Photo: Via Nancy McNails

Uhhh, these might be the coolest Day of the Dead nails we have ever seen. The attention to detail on each finger is AMAZE, not to mention the flowers on the eyes are 3D. Yes, 3 freakin' D! This is what we call "aspirational" nail art because, well, hahaha, we aren't gonna be able to recreate these on our tips during our lifetime, but we must commend them on their ability. *bows down*

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Mariah Carey OPI

Mariah Carey's new OPI collection.
Photo: Courtesy of OPI

It's HEERRRREEE! Just a couple months ago we broke the news that Mariah Carey would be teaming up with OPI to create a limited-edition collection of polishes, and today we FINALLY get to peep all the goodies. Eeee! The set of lacquers, which are set to launch in January 2013, feature eight Mariah-inspired colors, including a new, never-before-seen nail texture called "liquid sand." Oh la la! OPI says this new polish "dries to a textured matte finish infused with reflective glints of light." Whoa, guys, is this, like, 3D glitter for our nails because we can TOTALLY get behind that. I mean, of course Mariah's nail polish collection would have glitter in it—she's the queen of all-things sparkly and, um, it was also the name of her oh-so-iconic album/film. (Also, let's not forget that custom "Glitter" nameplate belt buckle she wore back in '01. Yep.) Anywho, onto the nails!

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Katy Perry Vampire Nail Art

Katy Perry on October 19.
Photo: Via The Cobrasnake

Guys, Katy Perry may be the master of Halloween. Like, she's been on an All Hallows' Eve kick ever since the beginning of the month, and we see NO signs of her slowing down. We're not mad though—she's always sporting the most on-point Halloween game (if that's a thing), and it's reallllyy beginning to get us into the spooky spirit. Just a couple weeks ago we spotted her wearing a mix-and-match witch, ghoul and jack-o-lantern mani (PRESH) and this week she went ALL. OUT. in a vampire costume with matching nail art for her blood sucking-themed birthday bash at the Magic Castle in L.A. She got decked-out in the most dead-on (heh) Victoria-era ensemble complete with a bell-sleeve white lace dress covered in gold crosses. She finished the look with a giant, bejeweled spider necklace (LOOK AT THAT THING), a gold crown, fiery red contacts, dark burgundy lipstick, fangs, and, of course, killer nails.

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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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