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Get The Look – Lady Gaga’s Greige Nails in September’s Vanity Fair

By on August 4, 2010
in Celebrity, Deborah Lippmann, Gray with 54 Comments
lady gaga wearing gray nails on vanity fair's september 2010 issue Just when you thought gray nail polish was over, Lady Gaga makes it hot again on the cover of September’s Vanity Fair.  For the past few days I’ve been getting emails and tweets from readers and fellow bloggers all wondering what that mystery gray polish is on Gaga’s nails.

Never fear, your trusty nail sleuth is here. I love a challenge and I’m such a pop culture fiend that researching this sort of thing is fun for me.  Though what’s funny is I actually had a gut reaction when I saw this cover and, as it turns out, the first email I sent turned out to be the right one.

So what famous manicurist to the stars polished Lady Gaga’s nails to perfection?  And what color did she use?  Make a guess before you click to find out.


If you guessed Deborah Lippmann then pat yourself on the back.  Deb has worked with Lady Gaga a lot recently.  I remember her using Ruby Red Slippers on Gaga for a cover last year and be on the lookout for Deb’s work in a spread with Gaga and Oprah.

deborah lippmann with lady gaga behind the scenes of her vanity fair september 2010 cover wearing gray nail polish

For this cover, Deborah told me that Gaga was “into kind of being virginal but not.”   They originally thought nude or beige nails but to better compliment her flowing grey locks, they opted for something a little cooler; the greige creme Waking Up In Vegas.  The nails were shaped to an almond but with a point for an edgy, high fashion look.

Deb shared with me that during this shoot she gave Gaga the first bottle of Bad Romance and she was very appreciative to have a polish named after one of her songs.

lady gaga's gray nail polish deborah lippmann waking up in vegas from september issue of vanity fair

Deborah Lippmann Waking Up In Vegas is available now online at DeborahLippmann.com, Beauty.com and Nordstrom.com for $16/ea for a .5oz bottle.  You can also find Deborah Lippmann polishes in Nordstrom stores nationwide.  International shoppers can order from Beauty.com via Access USA who ships to 160 countries.

So are we loving Gaga on this cover or what?   Who’s going to pull out their fave greige cremes to emulate her nail look? Does anyone else find it a bit funny that Gaga is wearing a polish named after a Katy Perry song?  It’s like West Coast meets East Coast.  Then again, the color is very East Coast and urban to begin with.

Disclosure: A sample of Waking Up In Vegas was furnished to me by representatives for Deborah Lippmann.  For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

image credit: Vanity Fair, Deborah Lippmann

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  1. Elusive M says:

    What magazine cover did Gaga wear RRS in?

  2. Mel says:

    LOVE and WANT!

  3. Paula says:

    Thanks for finding this out for us, M! I am so not over grey based polishes & this just makes me want to keep loving them for a while longer. Gaga is just amazing!

  4. Allison says:

    Well I love grey, I really do and it’s about time I picked up A lighter bottle now

  5. Dee says:

    pretty, but sooooo spendy!

  6. Ren says:

    WAKING UP IN VEGAS – temporarily sold out
    putty-liscious gray (creme)

    20062$16.00

    Aw.

  7. LesleyKat says:

    LOVE. the formula looks as smooth as butta’.

  8. Lauren says:

    Love the cover, love the polish. I’m not a fan of the nail shape, but Gaga pulls it off. Airbrush her teeth much though?

  9. Virginia says:

    That was my gut reaction when I saw it too! I guess that really means I have turned into an addict! On a related not, do you know when Bad Romance and ATU will appear on her site? I’ve been wanting to get those and Waking Up in Vegas. Thanks!

    • Kirsten says:

      Why don’t you just get them on nordstrom.com now? I got ATU and Bad Romance there last month. I’m almost positive that they’ve still got Waking Up in Vegas too.

  10. resisting getting lippmann polishes with all my might!
    we’ll see how long that lasts.. :)

    great post as always! I knew it was only a matter of time before you figured this one out ^-^

  11. Suji says:

    I was wondering about this! Thank you :) On the cover, the color looks matte. Not sure if that has to do with lighting or photo effects, or a matte topcoat, but it looks good!

  12. Grace says:

    Quite the detective! I do love a greige, but I have several already. I don’t feel like I need this specific one.

    FYI to any NY-ers – C.O. Bigelow carries these polishes, as well.

  13. Zara says:

    Very pretty! I don’t feel like I have to have that color, but it’s cool to know what polish Gaga wore. :)

  14. Denise says:

    Thanks for the sleuthing! Love Gaga, love Vanity Fair (can’t wait till it comes in the mail), dislike my grey hair (I’m too old-looking for that fad), love grey nails!

  15. cara says:

    I’ve got Essie Playa De La Platinum and Color Club High Society, I think they are close.

  16. Gwen says:

    So pretty! Her nails are always fabulous. I’ve also been wondering – do you know what polish was used on her in the Alejandro video? It’s showed a bit in the beginning, a gorgeous gunmetal-gray sort of color. It’s been puzzling me since I first saw the video! I’d love to have a color like that :)

    • Renee says:

      I’ve not seen that specific video, but I have a gunmetal grey Sally Hansen Xtreme that is absolutely gorgeous! Only polish I have that applies well even on a hot day.

  17. I like that color. I will never stop loving gray polishes! And I thought that was Lindsay Lohan from far away when I saw that cover haha.

    • Kimberly says:

      I thought the same thing. I wondered why Gaga wanted to look like Lindsay. Not quite my idol.
      But I do like the griege polish. Def was not on my radar last year.
      The photo with Lipmann and Gaga…not a flattering photo at all!

  18. Hannah says:

    I love it! I love the cover, love the polish! I literally got butterflies when I saw it!

  19. Andrea says:

    I don’t like the length of Gaga’s hair on the cover, it’s sooo long, and I have quite long hair. I love her nail colour though, I think grey is such a wonderful colour for nails. Grey is my absolute favourite colour, so this post has made my day!

  20. Andrea says:

    *Favourite colour in general, not necessarily for nail polish.

  21. Justine says:

    hahah that cover pic is terrible, nail polish looks great though! ;)

  22. Kitty says:

    I guessed it right! Then again, I can’t really name anyone else so….

  23. Darlene says:

    Awesome color!! Scored it on rigona.com – never used Deborah’s polishes but been meaning to try. Hopefully this is the start of a lovely relationship :-)

  24. Rory says:

    Iced nail polish in Cement (available at Walmart for $2!!!) is a very close match.

  25. rosemary says:

    i think the nail shape looks nice! i’m not crazy about the super-pointy almond shape, but hers look nice. getting a little sick of the squoval on long nails.

  26. Blu11 says:

    I don’t know if it’s my monitor, but the cover color and the swatch color look totally different to me. I like the cover color more, it has a hint of lilac in it.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      The lighting will always make the polishes look different. If you look at the post I did a couple weeks ago about Christina Hendricks wearing China Glaze Stroll, on the cover, the color looks nothing like it does in real life. I doubt the person who edited the cover shot cared about making sure the polish is the right color.

  27. Stephanie says:

    Hmmm, I may have to check this out next time I’m at Nordstrom. I’ve been intrigued by this specific color for a while, but I wasn’t sure how it would look against my skin (I’ve been afraid it’ll make me look ashy), but your swatch looks so pretty! :-)

  28. Thanks for posting the name of this color!! I was really curious to find out what it was:-)

  29. Suzume says:

    That colour is gorgeous! I’ve never seen this in london though – I wonder if we can get it here? will have to hunt it down or if anyone else knows, please let me know!

  30. Suzume says:

    Oh and also (sorry forgot to say!) My fav greige nail polish is Barry M Mushroom (only £2.99 as well!) or Mavala Berlin nail polish, but that is more grey than greige…

  31. LOVE this greige! This will be in my top three “Get to Business” colors with Chanel’s Paradoxical & Particulare and now Lippman’s Wake Up in Vegas…My “Get to Partying” color is none other than Ginger & Liz’s “Swagger”!

    Your blog is such a God-send…Keep up the great work!

  32. Helena says:

    Interesting that Gaga is wearing a shade that bears the same name as a Katy Perry song, given that Lady Gaga and Katy Perry fans seem to tend to dislike each other. :p
    Gorgeous color, though. And gorgeous Momma Monster!

  33. Rachel says:

    This is a great advertisement for Photoshop! She doesn’t even look like the same person.

  34. Arrianne says:

    Wow she looks fuggg in that second picture! Nice color though!

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