Kaia Gerber's Colorful French Manicure Will Inspire Your Own Holiday Nails
Welcome to Monday, Dec. 16 — otherwise known as the beginning of the final pre-holiday week. With next week dominated by seasonal celebrations, now is the time to wrap gifts, squeeze in last-minute hair trims, and settle on which nail art you'll be wearing to all of your holiday parties. And you're lucky, really, if you're still undecided on that last front: On Dec. 14, Kaia Gerber's colorful French manicure — the supermodel's own choice for the holidays — made its Instagram debut. And yes, chances are high you'll spot the updated rainbow look throughout next week, both online and in person.
The whimsical design, which marries together the French manicure and rainbow nail art trends, comes courtesy of NYC manicurist Mei Kawajiri — otherwise known by her Instagram handle, @NailsbyMei. "@kaiagerber ‘s holiday nails❤️💕💅🏻," Kawajiri captioned the post, which features two photos of the manicure; one without flash, one with. It's easy to see why the nail artist included both pics: The modern French manicure's bright hues react differently to either lighting, with the flash illuminating the neon yellow shade particularly well.
Naturally, the striking look caught the eye of Kawajiri's followers, which include Marc Jacobs, Gigi Hadid, and — of course — Gerber herself. "Pretty!" Jacobs wrote, while Hadid added, "so pretty!" "Happy nails!! Love my Mei," Gerber commented.
And with those three as supporters, you shouldn't be surprised if this trendy manicure pops up throughout 2020 — as it undoubtedly will on the hands of other in-the-know beauty lovers this December. Want to give the colorful look a whirl for yourself? Below, five similar nail polish shades to bring to your salon if you're looking to recreate Gerber and Kawajiri's on-trend nail art.
Don't own a pale pink nail polish already? Grab Essie's timeless "Need A Vacation," a slightly punchy pink.
ORLY's electric green nail polish — aptly called "Thrill Seeker" — certainly lives up to its name.
Make sure you find an orange that's both deep but slightly muted, like this ella+mila shade.
A bright and cheery sky blue adorns Gerber's ring fingers, complementing the neon and pastel hues all at once.