Over the past couple of years, nail polish has become a trend for male celebrities. But it’s not a completely new thing. The late David Bowie rocked it during the ‘80s, and stars like Kurt Cobain and Dennis Rodman wore it during the ‘90s. So this new wave of men, which includes Lil Yachty, ASAP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Tyler, The Creator, and Bad Bunny, wearing varnish on their nails isn’t that surprising, but the trend has evolved a little. A lot of the men on this list aren’t just wearing solid nail colors, they are hiring manicurists to create extensive nail art. And some are even taking things a step further, introducing their own nail polish brands. Here, we cover the male celebs who are wearing nail polish right now and doing it in their own individual ways.
Tyler, the Creator
Lil Nas X
Shortly after the success of “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X started playing with nail art. At the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, artist Juan Alvear drew his name on his nails using 3D gel. Then in November 2019 he wore white nail polish to match his Off-White suit to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. As he’s raised his profile, the nail art has gotten more extravagant and expensive. For his 22nd birthday earlier this year he rocked a diamond encrusted manicure to match his diamond and opal grill. According to designer David Tamargo, the manicure featured micro-pave VVS stones and cost $30,000. Lil Nas X hasn’t talked about jumping into the nail polish business, but we are sure he’s helping many of his fans feel comfortable expressing themselves in new ways.—Aria Hughes