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Katy Perry’s Latest Nail Art Creations – Candyland and Glitzy Gray

By on November 18, 2010
in Celebrity, Dashing Diva, Nail Art with 46 Comments
Katy Perry is one busy lady. Between her recent wedding to Russell Brand, the launch of her own fragrance, Purr, and the free concert she put on for the release of the Windows Phone she is probably going blind from all the camera flashes in her face.

Being photographed at so many public, and not so public, appearances means your makeup, hair and nails have to be on point.  To keep her digits looking perfect, Katy has been relying on Manicurist Pattie Yankee, Executive Technical Director for Dashing Diva.

I spoke with Pattie to find out more about Katy’s candy coated tips from the performance and the glittering gray nails she wore to the Purr launch event yesterday in NYC.  Keep reading to find out how each look was created.


To go with the candy themed concert for Windows Phone launch, Katy asked Pattie to give her “Candyland” nails. Pattie showed Katy the options below and Katy chose the center design, a multi-color sprinkle covered nail.

katy perry performing at the windows phone launch party

Get The Look: Pattie coated Katy’s nails in a layer of clear CalGel and dipped them in the sprinkles before curing for 2 minutes. She then applied a layer of Dashing Diva Soak Off Top Gel.

Pattie noted that this is where she would have stopped had Katy not been playing guitar later that night. At Katy’s request she encased the sprinkles in multiple layers of CalGel to prevent any pieces of candy from popping off while performing.

As you can see in the pic from Katy’s Twitter account, the nails are pretty thick due to the extra CalGel.  Those sprinkles are going NOWHERE!  While the nails are much thicker than I would wear, I do love this look.  It’s so whimsical and Willy Wonka-esque which, based on Katy wearing Oompa Loompa Minx, may have been an inspiration.  And can I just say how happy I am to see a celeb rocking nail art on short nails? I’m so sick of the talons. I’m looking at you Rihanna!

Shortly after the concert, Katy began the press tour for her fragrance, Purr. This time Pattie gave her a sparkly gray manicure.

Get The Look: To ensure a long lasting manicure Pattie used Dashing Diva Gelife Color Gel in Astor Place at Dawn, a new shade. Like OPI Axxium, DD Gelife is a soak-off gel polish.  She used three coats and then added a layer of Gelish Water Field to bring on the bling, sealing it with a layer of DD Gelife Top Gel.

Recreate The Look: Astor Place at Dawn isn’t available in the Dashing Diva Polish line but they have a color called Astor Place that you could use as a substitute though any light gray polish would work. Think RBL Concrete Jungle, Barielle U-Concrete-Me, MAC On The Prowl, Orly Mirror Mirror, Maybelline Gray-T Glamour.  Top your polish with a clear based glittery silver top coat. CND Silver Sparkling or Nicole by OPI Wink of Twink come to mind.

Which of Katy’s latest nail looks do you prefer?  Would you wear candy on your nails?  What nail polish combo would you use to recreate Katy’s glitzy gray tips?

image credit: Pattie Yankee, WireImage and Katy Perry via Twitpic. Do not republish without permission.

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  1. a friend of mine wants to do this too, you got any tips on what polish to use in stead of the gel?
    xx

  2. Taffy says:

    Those sprinkle nails are really fun! I wouldn’t try it myself but it’s a great idea.

  3. Debbie says:

    You are amazing! Katys nails were the first thing I noticed when I saw her pix when she was doing press for Purr! I was dying to know what she was wearing! I had thought it might me ‘waking up in Vegas’ and didn’t even catch the sparkle in the small picture I saw. So great! Thanks for always keeping me up to the minute on my nails!

  4. Lauren says:

    Her “candy nails” are adorable. They would be great for a Halloween costume. I love the sparkly gray!! It reminds me of your Emmy mani with Deborah Lippmann’s Today was a Fairytale.

  5. Alexis says:

    Love the grey. I just painted my nails a grey color with a silver sparkle polish on top last week.

  6. :) THANK YOU! I have been wondering about KP’s nails for a long time!

  7. Dee says:

    Pattie is a genius and a true artist as a nail designer. IMHO, Katy’s nails upstaged even her outfit! Go Pattie!

  8. NailPolishFan says:

    I love her nail art. She’s always changing it up. For the gray nails coud you use OPI Sheer Your Toys as a subsitute as well?

  9. omgnoodles says:

    Those sprinkled nails are so amazing! I wouldn’t mind having those on my fingers! Nom nom nom!

  10. Kalee says:

    the candy nails……..cute but yea i agree, too thick…they look gross.lol
    the silveryglitter grey nails arent anything out of the ordinary. been there, done that. it really is pretty though.

  11. Chris says:

    The sprinkles are cute, but if I wore them my cats would try to eat my nails. :)

  12. Kitty says:

    Candy covered….cute!

  13. Christine says:

    I love both looks, but especially the sprinkles! I am going to try and recreate that myself!

  14. milktea says:

    Omg! I’m a Katy Perry fan and I think I’d buy her new perfume because of the cute cat-shaped bottle! Wonder why no one ever thought of this before? :-)

  15. Sarie says:

    Love the grey nails! I would use RBL Concrete Jungle with China Glaze Fairy Dust over the top.

  16. Kristina, lover of polish says:

    The candy mani is cute for a costume party..LOL. Last week I wore RBL Concrete Jungle with a layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust on top. It looked great! Perfect match.

  17. Stacey says:

    For the sprinkles, I suggest getting a clear polish and buying sprinkles from the food market. At home, pour out some clear, maybe a quarter and then pour in the sprinkles. It seems like that is how they do glitter. Or put the sprinkles in an empty nail polish bottle and then pour the clear polish. I am not a fan of the gel. Katy’s nails were cute, but they probably would have looked better with less gel. Although I understand why they were so thick. But anyway, the sprinkle polish will probably have to be applied like the hexagonal glitter polishes.

  18. Katy Perry should be rocking her new of polishes for the press!
    - Liz

  19. christina says:

    Illamasqua has this pretty Christmas duo out, DWS plus a Silver glitter to put on top optionally. I wonder if this makes for a similar effect like Katie’s silver gray nails?

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Is it just me or does Katy Perry’s neck look frighteningly long in the pictures of her promoting the perfume?

    Love both of the nail looks though.

  21. Jackie S. says:

    I do not like the candy coated look, but I love the look she sported for her perfume launch…soo pretty!

  22. DLFM says:

    oh wow I HATE the candy nails – the thickness and gloppiness up close is awful. It probably looks fine from farther away but I would go nuts if that were on my nails. The grey is pretty.

  23. Karen says:

    I’m totally gonna try the look with the pink swirl over the white polish.

  24. Alllison says:

    my other favorite look of hers when it looked like she had a disco ball on her nails. awesome!

  25. Jasmine says:

    Katy Perry’s manucures are amazing ! But I’m not so fan of the first one…

  26. Laura says:

    You’re going to have to give Katy her own tag soon – her nails are always banging! Those candy nails are ADORABLE.

    She’s definitely my favorite nail celebrity :)

  27. Christine says:

    The candy nails are a really cute novelty, but way too thick on the nail! Perhaps some nail polish companies will come out with a flat plastic dot polish that would resemble that without all the bulk. I love the glittery gray nails, will try this look at home with some of my “dupes”!

  28. Jackie O says:

    I love both of these looks!! I would totally wear the candy look if I could get away with it. The gray sparkles are divine too.

  29. boo says:

    Wow I didn’t realize how long her neck was. yikes!

  30. Ren says:

    Her neck looks a mile long in the photo with the perfume. Man, is it the hair?

    Love both looks though. On her nails

  31. LesleyKat says:

    I can’t believe how many people don’t like the candy nails. Its such a fantastic idea. Oh well. I LOVE IT!

    I love that KP is a nail art junkie.

  32. the sprinkles are so fun. i agree that the nail art on a short nail is much more chic.

  33. Michelle says:

    I like the glittering gray nails the most! The sprinkle nails are visually interesting but too much for me…

  34. Its a cool idea, but they look bad

  35. stephanie says:

    those sprinkle nails are AMAZING! i kept showing them to my friends and no one really seemed to get excited about them…which is why im glad i can come here and see all my fellow nail polish lovers gushing over them just as much as i did. :)

  36. Jen says:

    for the glittery top coat I’d use Nfu Oh GS01

  37. Robyn says:

    Nicole by OPI Wink of Twink isn’t a clear glitter. It’s an opaque silver holo.

  38. Mary says:

    Omigosh, that is so cute and SO Katy Perry! :D

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