Gigi Hadid's Nail Artist Shares a Closer Look at Her 2024 Met Gala Manicure

Mei Kawajiri shares exactly how the model's remixed French tips came together.

Gigi Hadid wearing an off the shoulder thom browne dress
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Each year, style enthusiasts wait with bated breath for their favorite celebrities to arrive at the annual Met Gala. While the highly publicized event raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, it's most notorious for daring beauty looks and over-the-top fashion moments. This year, nail aficionados were in for an early treat: We already knew what supermodel Gigi Hadid's manicure will look like, thanks to celebrity nail artist Mei Kawajiri.

The model debuted a play on the timeless French manicure while she ascended the Met steps, with twists to reference the evening's "Garden of Time" dress code, honoring the upcoming exhibit "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion."

First, Kawajiri says she started with a thin coat of nude gel on Hadid's nails. This, she explains, "keeps the French manicure a bit more fresh and sheer."

Gigi Hadid on the met gala 2024 red carpet

Gigi Hadid arrived at the Met Gala in a gorgeous Thom Browne dress, with a manicure to coordinate with its 3D yellow roses.

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Gigi Hadid wears a Givenchy dress with tulle gloves at the 2024 met gala

Last year, Gigi Hadid wore a black Givenchy gown with a clear, solid manicure hidden beneath sheer gloves.

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In interviews with Marie Claire, makeup experts anticipated 3D florals would appear all over the "Garden of Time" red carpet. Hadid's manicure proves those predictions correct. Her look also pays homage to the evening's garden theme with hand-sculpted, 3D yellow flowers along her nails. These "add a playful touch to a classic style," Kawajiri says.

a close up of gigi hadid's manicure for the 2024 met gala

Gigi Hadid's custom manicure coordinated with the flowers on her enormous ball gown.

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All in all, the expert concludes the look suits Hadid's personality and fashion preferences to a T. "This mix of playful and classic is just like Gigi," she says. "We wanted the nail looks to be a continuation of her Met Gala look." The pair delivered: Working with longtime stylist Mimi Cuttrell, the final outfit by Thom Browne featured gorgeous 3D yellow roses that matched her manicure perfectly.

Channeling Hadid's remixed classic manicure isn't as out-of-reach as it may seem. Kawajiri used Nailboo’s $10 gel manicure products for the entire look. Each polish has an "essential" no-wipe top coat—guaranteeing Hadid's precisely painted nails don't smudge. In the nail artist's experience, Nailboo ensures there's "one less step when you are backstage or on-set." And for everyone else, there's one less step when you're aiming for Met Gala-worthy nails at home.

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Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, politics, culture, and fashion at Marie Claire and at publications including The New York Times, HuffPost Personal, Bustle, Alma, Muskrat Magazine, O'Bheal, and elsewhere. Her personal essay in The New York Times' Modern Love column kickstarted her professional writing career in 2018, and that piece has since been printed in the 2019 revised edition of the Modern Love book. Having studied history, international relations, and film, she has made films on politics and gender equity in addition to writing about cinema for Film Ireland, University College Cork, and on her personal blog, Before working with Marie Claire, Gabrielle worked in local government, higher education, and sales, and has resided in four countries and counting. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, and spent two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy.

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