Nail How-To: Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 Academy Awards

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Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippman created an elegant, neutral nail look with a peek of Swarovski crystals for Lupita Nyong'o at last night's 87 Annual Academy Awards. Said Lippman, “Centering around her custom Calvin Klein gown created by Francisco Costa, Diamonds and Pearls were the anthem for Lupita’s look tonight. To complement this show-stopping dress, a sheer, pearly champagne topped the nails. Swarovski crystals were fashioned to the underside to add an innovative touch and create the ultimate glam accessory.”

Get the Look:

  1. Deborah first filed and shaped the nails to an almond point.
  2. Next, she cleansed the cuticle and hydrated the nails, cuticles, and hands.
  3. She then applied a base layer to correct and conceal imperfections, brighten, prime and fill ridges for a smooth matte flawless finish before lacquer application.
  4. Deborah applied two coats of a sheer pearly champagne nail lacquer.
  5. Using a high-gloss top coat and dotting tool, Deborah liberally applied Swarovski crystals to the underside of the nails.
  6. She finished the look with a high-gloss top coat.


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