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Celebrity Manicurist Kimmie Kyees Nails Rihanna & Katy Perry at The Grammys

By on February 17, 2011
in Celebrity, Grammy Awards, Nail Art, OPI with 33 Comments

Now that I’m home from New York Fashion Week, I finally had a chance to catch up on the Grammys and check out the fashions and nails.

Being a huge Joan Rivers fan, I actually watched E!’s Fashion Police before the actual show.  Joan cracks me up and I love how Kelly Osborne & Giuliana Rancic lose it almost every time she opens her mouth.  The actually Grammy show was kind of meh but I did love Cee Lo Green & Gwyneth Paltrow singing “F*ck You” and seeing Eminem perform.  I have an out of character crush on Eminem and ended up watching his performance twice.

We’re in the height of award season and of all the shows, The Grammys, tends to be the most noteworthy nail-wise.  We already learned about Lady Gaga’s bright yellow nails from Deborah Lippmann and now Celebrity Manicurist Kimmie Kyees shares her work on Grammy night with clients Katy Perry and Rihanna.

Changing outfits during an award show is nothing new for celebrities but how about changing nails? Katy Perry switched up her nail game at The Grammys, going from an ethereal red carpet design to a more Valentine’s Day friendly look for her performance.

Katy opted for a neutral color on her toes, using China Glaze Nude.  Kimmie added a layer of Shellac Top Coat to speed up the dry time and prolong wear.

Since Katy wanted additional length on her nails Kimmie used Dashing Diva Professional Pre-Glued Nails for both looks. The pre-glued nails allow for an easy change during the show.

For her red carpet appearance, alongside her grandmother, Kimmie applied Orly White Out topped with CND Perfectly Bare Effect (launching in March) and glitter from an irridescent glitter stick. Kimmie noted that the glitter matched the blue shimmer in her dress.

When it came time for her performance, Katy changed her tips to a heart themed design that was just as sweet as her singing ‘Not Like The Movies’ while video of her wedding to Russell Brand played in the background.

To create the look, Kimmie started with a base color of Orly Polo Princess.  On the pinkie, middle and thumb nails she applied felt red and pink hearts.   On the pointer and ring fingers, she waited till the pink was completely dry and took a Milani precision art brush dipped it into Seche Vite and outlined a heart shape with the top coat and sprinkled glitter into the clear coat.

Rihanna kept her nail look a bit more simple. She chose the rich, reddish-brown OPI I’m Suzi & I’m A Chocoholic for her fingers.  It looks beautiful with her dark lip in the same tone.  Her toes were painted with CND Wildfire but she wore closed toe shoes/boots so we never got to see them together.

What do you think of Katy and Rihanna’s nail looks from The Grammys? Were there any outstanding nail looks that I missed?

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  1. Alisa says:

    The idea of leaving a negative image of a heart with the clear polish, then adding glitter, is so creative! I’m not sure I could do it myself without a guide, but I’d be willing to try…

  2. Cheri says:

    Rihanna’s are nice but not lovin Katie Perry…

  3. Diane says:

    I love Katy’s red carpet look but I’m a little disappointed they didn’t do something with one of the OPI colours from her collection, honestly. It seems like it would have been a good tie in to wear Not Like The Movies while singing it!

  4. Laura says:

    I’m not really a fan of Katy’s nails, but I love how Rihanna’s nails fit perfectly to the rest of her styling.

  5. NailPolishFan says:

    Hope you enjoyed NYFW.I liked Rhianna’s nail color.I did like that Haley Williams wore this bright but not bright pink nail polish,and Jennifer Huson (which I just adore) had a beautiful dark nail polish color on (couldn’t tell if it was black/blue/brown), but it was very pretty. And the next question has to deal with E!’s Fashion Police: Joan, Kelly, and Giuliana always have on great looking nail polish like every week when it comes on, do you know who does there nails for the show? Thank You

  6. nikki says:

    love katy perry’s color on the red carpet, and the hearts are very clever. but is it just me or do the pre-glued nails in the red carpet close-up look a bit creepy and tacky? They remind me of a worse version of the Lee’s press-on nails I bought at Big Lots as a kid. Is that how Dashing Diva nails are supposed to look? Or is this just a bad angle?

  7. Annelise says:

    Is it just me, or are Katy Perry’s dreadful stick-on nails just HIDEOUS? I can’t stand that uber-long stuck-on look. It’s so incredibly tacky. Rihanna’s looks so nice and simple. Katy Perry’s polish is beautiful, but the nails and their shape is just awful.

  8. Frankenstyna says:

    Katy’s nails look a little bit “tacky” for real life (not the design, but the fake glue on ones). I still like them, I ould just prefer it on a more natural nail.
    Rihanna’s nails are more classy looking..even though they are long and red-ish.. I love the color!

  9. tahillia says:

    I love that Katy’s performance dress looks almost exactly like Teenage Dream from her collection. Her red carpet nails are pretty but I don’t like the hearts on the mani from her performance.

    Rihanna’s nails are gorgeous. Great color. I wish it looked that gorgeous on me.

  10. Lucy says:

    Love Rihanna’s nails – I actually like Katy’s too, they’re just a little quirkier and less suitable for everyday.

  11. Andrea says:

    I’m always so surprised how Katy, Rihanna and even Beyonce like to sport the long nails. I wish I liked to wear them long because it would save tons of time filing, but I’m just not a long nail fan. I always like Lauren Conrad’s short, square, simple nails. (Not that she was there or has anything to do with The Grammy’s.)

    I wish they’d wear shorter nails or even better, their own nails. It’s just my opinion, I’m sure there’s tons of people who love to see their long nails long.

    PS – Katy’s Grandma is cute.

  12. i love everything both of these women do, so yes, both looks are rocking. katy’s are more creative, but rihanna’s are classy with an edgy color.

  13. Jessica says:

    I really wish Katy had worn a polish from her collection! I like the hearts for her performance look, though! Rihanna’s look isn’t for me. That color bores me.

  14. MissMoses says:

    I love Rihanna’s nails, but not Katy’s. I think its just because I prefer squared off tips opposed to the oval shape Katy is rocking. I also have a crush on Eminem. My friends think I’m crazy, but I think he’s hot…especially when he’s wearing his glasses. :)

  15. Sharon says:

    I love Katy’s red carpet nail look the most. I don’t like the length of either Katy’s or Rhianna’s nails, though. They are too long for my taste.

  16. Wenqi says:

    yay! I was waiting for this post! I love how fun Katy’s nails are

  17. Cheryl says:

    I love the iridescent glitter!

  18. Jackie S. says:

    I love that color in Rihanna. I have it in my un-trieds, maybe I should break it out..LOL :)

  19. Chris says:

    Katy’s nails are interesting, but I think they are too gaudy for everyday wear. Rihanna’s nails look beautiful, and I agree that they pair well with her lipstick.

  20. JP says:

    I have to make an unrelated nail comment here…I love the description you give for your crush on Eminem…”out of character crush” that is so perfect. I have the same out of character crush also. My #1 guy is Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers…out of character explains it perfectly.
    Now for the nail related comment…thanks for all the great info and pics you post!!! I get to escape into the world of nails for the time I take to read all your posts.

  21. alex says:

    Katy’s thick nails remind me of Lee Press Ons. Ghet-to.

    BTW: lose =/= loose

  22. ach167 says:

    I would actually like to know if Katy has sported her own OPI collection at all? I loved the outline of the heart with the glitter, I’ll def be trying that. Maybe even with a shamrock for St. Patty’s!?!?! And def love Rhianna’s, esp with her matching lip. And kinda resembled the video’s color schemes. I also love that both of them had long nails!!!

  23. I was so angry with RhiRhi’s dress, but everything else looked perfect. The nail color looks so beautiful on her.

    As for Katy Perry…mmmm…wa-yelll….her grandma is adorable. The bedazzled cane was a stroke of genius.

  24. marcy says:

    forget the nails, i’m loving granny’s blinged-out walking cane! LOOOOL

  25. Lindsey says:

    I like all the colors, I’m just not partial to long nails in general.

  26. Rihanna is a perfect girl :D
    I am going to marry her. I love her songs and everything about her :D

  27. Susan says:

    Katy’s grandmother had the best nails of the three and they were natural as well! Youth can’t buy class!

  28. Lola says:

    Please do a post on the nail polishes from the Pretty Little Liars shows? I notice their nails every episode, but I think you’ve only done one post on them :(

  29. Rachael says:

    I was hoping you’d look into what Heidi Klum was wearing on her toes, it was a shiny gold, almost not a lacquer at all. During her E! interview with Ryan, her husband Seal made mention of her toes and how he thought they were so cool, they showed them briefly and now I’m obsessed!

  30. I don’t like rihanna’s white dress, as it looks so cheap, but katy’s dress is awesome, and she is looking gorgeous in it, as usual. Very nice post dear, great sharing

  31. Pink Pamalamma says:

    Not really digging any of the looks, I prefer short and square with a dark color. And can I just say, WTF is Rhianna wearing – a shredded cotton ball??

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