The Best Manicures at the 2021 Emmy Awards

Extremely Long Nails Ruled the 2021 Emmys Red Carpet  See Photos

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Last year's Emmy Awards were a virtual production, so there was no red carpet for celebrities to enjoy, which meant the glam was a bit more low-key than usual. But for the 73rd ceremony, the grand ole red carpet is back, giving stars the picture chance to make up for lost time — and they didn't disappoint. Folks look absolutely glamorous with slicked-back hair, intricate updos, and vibrant lipstick hues.

While the expertly coiffed hair and glam makeup is always amazing, we can't forget about the gorgeous manicures lying at everyone's fingertips. For TV's biggest night, stars were experimenting with lengthy nails, sharp shapes, and even a few 3D decals. Here are our favorite nail looks from the night. 

Emma Corrin

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Emma Corrin arrived on the red carpet in London wearing a pale yellow strapless dress with a matching bonnet and fingerless gloves. Poking through the glove holes are her very long, pitch black nails in a stiletto shape. This dark manicure is a shocking choice for the light dress, but we think it paid off well. 

Taraji P Henson 

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Henson's nails are full of length and drama. This gorgeous deep red shade complements the stiletto shape so well. On a few select nails lies red gems in various sizes that are a similar shade to the sinister hue. We love how the index finger on her right hand and ring finger on the left both have large diamond-shaped, ruby-colored gems. 

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez 

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Michaela Jaé Rodriguez kept it simple with a white manicure to match her gorgeous teal gown. But she definitely didn't shy away from any length over here. We love the long, stiletto shape paired with the classic white nail polish. 

Cynthia Erivo 

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Now, Cynthia Erivo's white mermaid gown with a blue-and-green feather train is so stunning you have missed the equally as gorgeous French manicure she has. She opted for a C-curve white tip on a very long coffin shape. While this is a conventional manicure, if you look closely you can see a pretty swirly pattern on her index finger. 

Rachel Lindsay 

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This mismatched black-and-white manicure belongs to former Bachelorette contestant Rachel Lindsay. In addition to the two-toned color, there is also a marble pattern on a few of the white nails plus some gold accents. The neutral manicure looks gorgeous alongside her strapless tangerine gown. 

Ashley Nicole Black

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Ashley Nicole Black vibrant two-toned manicure is the cutest. We love how the orange and red colors match the hues in her flowy gown. Her short nails are a great size and length for the slanted design. 

Zuri Hall

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Access Hollywood correspondent Zuri Hall remixed the French manicure to complement her long sleeve white dress. Her almond-shaped nails have slanted blobs of gray polish on top of a white-ish base rather than the typical French tips.

Akilah Green

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French manicures are having a moment tonight. Writer Akilah Green showed up on the carpet with these stunning nails with blue tips that match her sequin gown. The oval shape is perfect for these short-to-medium nails. 

Red carpet events like the Emmys are the time to experiment with new shapes and decals. Just because it's a formal event doesn't mean all the nails need to be short and nude, and these eye-catching manicures definitely prove that. 

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