Taylor Swift Returned to the Eras Tour With a 'Tortured Poets Department' Manicure

Her understated nail color has a lot to say.

Taylor Swift
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When Taylor Swift said that her nails could contain Easter eggs way back in 2019, she had to know fans would closely monitor her lacquer shades for clues about new music and secret projects. Although her latest manicure is as simple as they come, it has to mean something. Right?

For her inaugural Eras Tour concert of 2024, the 14-time Grammy winner took over the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. The first of four sold-out performances showed Taylor Swift doing her regular thing—another year, same stellar show—albeit with freshly colored nails. This time, she strayed from her regular Eras-themed multicolor manicure she wore last year for ten pure white fingernails.

Taylor Swift performs onstage at the Eras Tour

Taylor Swift shows off her white manicure during the Reputation section of the Eras Tour.

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Cut short and filed into a squoval shape, the 34-year-old's nails were the perfect length to play piano and guitar. (For inquiring minds: The night's acoustic surprise songs were "Holy Ground" and “Dear Reader.") While Swift typically keeps her nails short while on tour, she played around with shape during her break from performing, choosing a longer manicure for the AFC Championship Game at the end of January.

While that peachy look communicated love—she was at the game to support her boyfriend, Travis Kelce—this new mani seems to be announcing the start of a new era. It Swift might be using the color white to reference her upcoming album, The Tortured Poets Department, which will be released in April. The 16-track album is currently captioned with a white heart in her Instagram highlights. The record's visuals are also entirely black-and-white; so was the strapless Schiaparelli gown Swift wore to announce its imminent arrival at the Grammys on Sunday.

Taylor Swift

Swift's last manicure featured longer, peachy, glittery nails.

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Swift's usual nail artist, Lisa Peña Wong, shared a breakdown of the recent look to Instagram on Tuesday after the "Fearless" singer wore a similar manicure to the Grammy Awards under her opera gloves. (To be fair, it's probably the exact same manicure; it certainly could've lasted since Sunday, even though Swift had many heavy awards to hold.) The professional's close-up tutorial revealed that Swift's nails actually had a little sparkle to them: the result of mixing CND's Shellac No-Wipe+ Top Coat and Over The Top Effects in "Pearl Obsession." She applied the shimmery mixture near the cuticle, extending it slightly but not all the way to the nails' tips.

While fans won't know whether Swift is deliberately color-coding until she makes a statement onstage, there are two things they can know: Swift loves glitter—and keeping her followers on their toes.

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.