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What is a ‘no-nicure’? The surprising red-carpet beauty trend


Emily Blunt wore an understated manicure at the 2024 Oscars. Images / @julieknailsnyc
Emily Blunt wore an understated manicure at the 2024 Oscars. Images / @julieknailsnyc
Stars at the Oscars opted for a nude manicure look that embraced short, chic and understated nails.

In the days following the Oscars, there are a plethora of fashion beauty newsflashes about who was wearing what on the red carpet.

While not many of us regularly attend such glamourous events that necessitate floor-sweeping gowns and rock-sized diamond jewellery, the beauty ideas and products used are more ripe for repurposing in our own lives.

It’s usually a dominant hair style – and yes, the bob is still headline news according to this year’s event – or a lip colour everyone is wearing that grabs us.

This year however, what’s beauty headlines is something many of the A-listers weren’t wearing.

Bold and colourful manicures and any eye-catching nail art was surprisingly absent from red-carpet attendees, the stars this year adopting an understated, nearly-nude look on their nails instead.


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The trend, which has been bubbling under with plain, glossy nails and all manner of nail care products gaining attention recently. But it was the plain and decidedly underwhelming short shape many stars were also rocking which has lead to the nude nail approach being branded the ‘non-nicure.’

Oscar winner Emma Stone in particular was a notable fan, her manicurist Emi Kudo creating an imperceptible pink wash to her nails (seen below) to accompany her mint-coloured Louis Vuitton gown.


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It’s been said the beauty of the ‘no-nicure’, which extends to a shape and clear polish, or sometimes a milky-nude hue with a glossy finish, is that it goes with everything. When your dress is dazzling, as plenty of those rocking shimmer and sequins were, it makes sense to keep other aspects low-key.

But we suspect this is a look that will remain popular in the coming months for celebrities, fashion’s influential tastemakers and us mere mortals alike.

How to DIY? Ensure cuticles are taken care of with a nourishing oil, before trimming any length off your nails and filing into a softly squared-off shape. The occasional use of nail serum or treatment will ensure your nails are strong and healthy.

Then, simply seek out a glossy, long-wearing clear topcoat or try a sheer, pale-pink or nude gel polish for longevity.


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