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Celebs like Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart are sporting blue nails

August 4, 2011 | 10:00 am

Kristen Stewart

OPIblue Maybe it’s a Smurf moment or an easy color transition into late summer/early fall, but celebrities are sporting various shades of blue on their nails and the result is actually quite chic and  thankfully not so much I-slammed-my-finger-in-the-door-of-my-chauffeured-Escalade territory. Katy Perry

Katy Perry paired glittery blue polish with her Smurfette dress to a premiere of "The Smurfs," but really, what else would work as well with this specific of an ensemble?

Her light and icy shade of blue felt versatile enough to look like a neutral toned metallic, which is a good option if you don’t want to commit to a vibrant cerulean or Windsor blue.

8Mesmerize Janet Jackson donned a bright blue hue on her nails at an event in Cannes, which popped perfectly against her deep jewel toned separates. The sapphire quality of her color looked sophisticated and dressy enough to stand up to formal clothes at a formal event.

And always one to present a rebellious front, Kristen Stewart sported a deep, almost metallic navy color of nail polish that drew a nice contrast to her red dress festooned with safety pins and studs at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. Whether celebs started or are merely following this recent wave of blue lacquer beauty, nail polish brands are taking note and releasing several exciting shades of blue for fall.


has two new blues coming out this month. One is called Swimsuit…Nailed it! which is a  bright, shimmery medium blue, and the other is Roadhouse Blues, a deep, dark  navy-bordering-black polish.     

 Dior has a gorgeous cornflower blue called Blue Denim, and for a dressier affair, a deeper shade (much like Jackson’s) called Tuxedo Blue. Wear them accordingly. Janet Jackson

20La Laque n°44 L1019500 Another fall release is from Nars, who has a color called Galion. It’s a grayish-blue and is great for those who loved You Don’t Know Jacques from OPI or anything in that soft gray palette, but with a little kick of blue, of course.

YSL also has a couple of chic shades of blue, one called Wintergreen (a minty take on blue) and one called Moonlight Blue, another sophisticated shade of the cool color.

NARS Galion Nail Polish - low res For that really deep, inky indigo kind of blue, RGB has a color they created exclusively for Need Supply Company called 1996 to commemorate the retailer’s 15th anniversary and its beginnings selling vintage Levi’s. A color called Midnight Cami from Essie is along the same line but with a tiny bit of shimmer. 499instantaneous_blue          

For middle-of-the-road medium blues Essie also has a color called Mesmerize, Jordana has Smooth Blue and Milani is doing a shade called Instantaneous.   

RGB1996 Like any trendy nail color that can easily fall hard into fashion-victim territory, opt for clean, short nails and the shade that best suits your skin tone.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photos, from top:
Detail of actress Kristen Stewart's safety-pin dress is seen as she arrives at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Katy Perry attends the premiere of "The Smurfs" at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Allison Joyce / Reuters

Janet Jackson attends amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Nail polishes from top left: OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It!/OPI; Essie Mesmerize/Essie; Dior Blue Denim/Dior; YSL Moonlight Blue/YSL; Nars Galion/Nars; RGB 1996/RGB; Milani Instantaneous/Milani