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The Coolest Celeb Nail Looks and Designs! by Priyanka ,  Feb 4, 2013
Sometimes all it takes to make or break an outfit is the right nail polish. But color isn't the only thing that these celebs got right in 2012. Celebrities like Zoe Deschanel and Katy Perry have put nail art on the trend map. Some news outlets have even started covering celebrity nails during their red carpet coverage of major award shows and events! We've rounded up our favorite manicures over the past year, including the best in shape, color, design and more. From subtle to bold, check out the best nails that 2012 had to offer.
These celebs and Seventeen readers don't hold back when it comes to making a statement — on their nails! Take a look at the cute, the quirky, and the incredibly unique designs that are starting beauty trends everywhere!
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Lights, Camera, Action!

Queen of Red Carpet Nail Art, Zooey Deschanel, rocked this highly appropriate film strip mani at the 2013 Golden Globes!
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Pretty, Pretty Polish

Bethany's mismatched nails are a perfect combination of a few of our favorite things: roses, stripes, and polka dots!
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Celestial Nails

17 reader Alexis' manicure has us totally starry eyed! We love the combination of the more abstract half-moon design along with some literal twinkling stars!
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Cardinal Rule

Angela's winter wonderland nails are certainly getting us out of the mid-season funk!
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Stripes and Sparkles

Zooey Deschanel shared her glittery tips on Twitter recently. We love the hot-now teal polish she picked, topped with multi-tonal, laser-like stripes and bit of shimmer. Her nails are so pretty and cute, just like her!
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Rhinestones

Katy Perry's "disco ball" nails may have been responsible for the whole wild mani trend in the first place.
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Cute Cartoons

Leave it to Katy Perry to push the envelope with kittens and french fries on her nails.
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Lacy Ladies

Another Katy Perry gem: These lace overlays are totally original—and also really sexy.
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Ridiculous Rubik's

We can't even begin to think about how long Joselyn's phenomenal Rubik's cube nails must have taken! So. Amazing.

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Stripes and Sparkles

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Rhinestones

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Cute Cartoons

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Lacy Ladies

Another Katy Perry gem: These lace overlays are totally original—and also really sexy.Return to Gallery@KatyPerry TwitpicBackNextView Thumbnails

Featuring Faces

In honor of the Royal Wedding, the one-and-only Katy Perry wore pics of Wills and Kate on her nails. (Bonus: Read our how-to tips to get this look.) Return to GalleryGetty ImagesBackNextView Thumbnails

Big-Time Studs

Ke$ha's another rocker who loves a loud mani. Here, her pyramid-studded nails play off her accessories.
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New Lengths

Lady Gaga's signature nail look is long, bedazzled and definitely out there. (We want to know how she tweets wearing these!)
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Pop of Color

Why wear just one bright color, when you can mix and match? Jessica Lowndes opts for pink—with a pop of coral on her ring finger.
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Matching Metallics

Vanessa Hudgens also does the ring-finger thing! She wears a shimmery, silver mani with subtly green polish that plays off her eyeshadow.
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Graphic Prints

Glee's Naya Rivera rocks a whimsical polka-dot print
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Bold Hues

AnnaLynne McCord may be a little too excited about her bright blue mani, but the color is certainly gorge.
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Half-Moon

This look was spotted backstage at many a fashion show last season. It's like a reverse French and works best in bright and metallic shades.

2012 is almost over, and, gosh, what a fashion-filled year it has been! From the breathtaking magazine covers to the oh-so-shocking haircuts to the incredible red carpet dresses, there certainly wasn't a dull fashion moment over the past 12 months. So sit back and relax as we reminisce about all our favorite style moments of 2012.

We're not exaggerating when we say this was THE year of nail art. Sure, 2011 had its fair share of tricked-out tips, but 2012 brought out the best nail game in everyone. So, let's start off the Best of 2012 with bang by introducing the most killing-est (that's a word) celebrity nail art from the entire year.

KATY PERRY: BEST THEMED TIPS

Katy Perry Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/@KatyPerry's Twitter

It's no secret that Katy Perry has a penchant for seriously-detailed digits, and with the help of go-to nail artist Kimmie Kyees, the singer has sported some of the most intricate manis we have seen to date, including (but not limited to!) metallic goth florals, Hollywood movie nails, Barack Obama tips, and the entire cast of Daria. Girl loves a good theme!

DEMI LOVATO: MOST BADASS NAILS

Demi Lovatp Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/@DDLovato's Twitter/@stephstonenails' Twitter

Demi Lovato is a little newer to the nail scene, as she's only been openly sharing her out-of-this-world manis over the past few months, but she quickly brought them to a level of badass that CANNOT be surpassed. Her nail artist Stephanie Stone hooked her up with everything from super glossy black and red studded ruffians to blinged-out black and diamond rhinestone digits to gold and leather nails to 3D spiky marbled tips. WHEW. *bows down*

ALEXIS KRAUSS: MOST INTRICATE ILLUSTRATED NAILS

Katy Perry Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/Ria Lopez

We've been following Sleigh Bells' singer Alexis Krauss and her killer nail game ALL year long thanks to discovering her nail artist Ria Lopez who resides right here in NYC. Ria is the master of intricate illustrated designs that never fail to impress us, and Alexis fronting Sephora's latest holiday campaign solidifies that she's a bona fide beauty expert.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL: BEST RETRO-INSPIRED NAIL ART

Zooey Deschanel Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/@ZooeyDeschanel's Twitter

There was an EXACT moment this year (this was it) when we realized Zooey Deschanel was equally-if-not-more obsessed with nail art than us, and she hasn't slowed down since. Her retro-inspired fashion ALSO translates perfectly into oh-so-cutesy manicures that have a vintage-y vibe but are still totally on trend. We particularly like the red, white and blue anchor mani, the pretty pale yellow bow set, the '50s-inspired teal and gold tips, and her (now infamous) Golden Globes tuxedo manicure. SO on point.

AMBER ROSE: BEST 3-D NAIL ART

Amber Rose Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/@DaRealAmberRose's Twitter

Amber Rose is constantly taking her nail art to the next level (literally) by sporting smile-inducing designs on her tips. (Yes, that IS fried chicken on her thumb in the top left pic.) She has worn everything from glittery pearl-encrusted stiletto nails to studded fiery tips to everything inbetween. We gotta give it up for her unrelenting dedication to nails that aren't the easiest to maneuver on a daily basis.

KREAYSHAWN: MOST OUT-OF-THE BOX MANIS

Kreayshawn Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/@Kreayshawn's Twitter

Kreayshawn is known for her original street style, so of course her nails would have to reflect that! She's constantly surprising us with designs we've never seen before, and, like, not to be weird but we've seen it ALL. I mean, a gold shark fin pinky nail? That's IN. SANE. She's also worn 3D googly eyes over gold glitter, confetti tips, and a diagonal sculpted set. And that, my friends, is what we call out-of-the-box manis. BAM.

RIHANNA: BEST HALF-MOON MANIS

Rihanna Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/@Rihanna's Twitter

Sure, Rihanna has sported her share of crazy manicures (see: the dollar bill tips above), but it seems like this year the singer was all about keeping it classic—SPECIFICALLY with the half-moon manis. She showed off the design not one, two, three, but FOUR different times over the past year proving she can't get enough of the simply-chic design.

KE$HA: MOST ORIGINAL NAIL ART

Ke$ha Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/@Keshasuxx's Twitter

Welp, Ke$ha isn't afraid to go balls-out (heh, re: her inappropriate nails above), and we like that. When it comes to her nails, she'll try anything once, so whenever she tweets her digits we're never sure WHAT to expect. This year alone, she's sported everything from 3D flowers to skulls to lightning bolts to pointed studded manis, and we applaud her for it!

RITA ORA: BEST GRAPHIC PRINT NAILS

Rita Ora Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images/@RitaOra's Twitter/@RebeccaJade_w's Twitter

We love how Rita Ora is always showin' off her cute, graphic nail game done by nail artist Rebecca Jade Wilson. She always opts for striking designs that have a bit of a mod-meets-streetwear feel, and we're OB-SESSED with it. Peep her galaxy fade, gold camo, and monochrome checkered mani to see what we mean.

LADY GAGA: BEST HAND GAME

Lady Gaga Nail Art

Photo: Getty Images

So, this happened: Lady Gaga wore THE most decked-out mani to date, which went as far as to engulf her entire hand. Yep, that's gold roses, bees, pearls and chains you see there, which officially makes her the winner of ALL nail art for the entire year. We'd clap for her, but we can't because our hands are covered in gold too.

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