How to Recreate Billie Eilish’s Iconic Grammys Nails at Home
by Caroline Harris
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Billie Eilish dominated both the awards and the red carpet at the 2020 Grammys. She won the Best Album, Song, Record of the Year, New Artist and Pop Vocal Album awards. The 18-year-old is the youngest winner of Record of the Year in Grammys history. Billie recorded her acclaimed album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go with her brother Finneas O’Connell in their childhood bedrooms!
On the red carpet, Billie slayed in head-to-toe Gucci. Her look included an oversized pantsuit, mesh face mask, metallic sneakers, sunglasses and gold hoops. Our eyes were glued to her monochromatic green nails. Her nails sizzled in shades of slime green emblazoned with the Gucci logo.
Emi Kudo is the manicurist behind Billie’s slime-green talons. She revealed on Instagram exactly how she created the eye-catching statement nails. Kudo used a blend of OPI "March in Uniform" and “AmazON…AmazOFF” for the dark green base coat. According to her Instagram, she applied a “custom mix of “AmazON…AmazOFF” and “Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants” for the lighter green second layer. Kudo explained that “the gels used for hand-painting logos are my personal neon green gel and OPI’s neon yellow "PUMP Up the Volume."
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I am so overwhelmed for all the coverages about @billieeilish’s green Gucci nails from tonight’s @recordingacademy! Before people assume too much of how these nails were made, I think I should post the product break down now. ( I guess internet never wait for us however I was thinking how well I can finally sleep tonight.) The GG mark request was made by Billie’s team about a little over a week before the show. Later Billie’s team also said that she wants dark green color on her nails. Billie wanted something easily comes off after the show without leaving damage on her nails, so I used xxl press ons, and cut and filed to make square shape she wanted. My first inspiration was dark, but something subtly glows like allergy in the water. I looked around suitable product, then I decided to custom blend with a few of @OPI gels, and applied different tones in different coat. Here we go: First coat: March in Uniform x AmazOn AmazOff. ( makes darker green ) Second coat: custom mix of also AmazOn AmazOff and Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants. ( makes lighter green) I’ve noticed that if 2 similar colors, but in the different tones are applied in layers, the color would look like it has dimensionally depth. Later, to answer the request of Neon logos, I decided to also do custom blend. I hired 2 skillful nail artists to paint the logos. The gels used for hand painting logos are my personal neon green gel + OPI’s neon yellow Pump UP in the volume. Billie requested neon green, but I noticed that neon green is absorbed by base green color, so mixing neon yellow helps to stand out. I decided to work Billie’s both hands at the same time with my assitant to speed up the job. I promised Billie’s team that I don’ take busy Billie’s time more than one hour. Mika @mikahana555 , and Nao Ishita @nao.nail.la followed the process I created, and showed off amazing hand painting skills, but still it took around 15min for each nail to be painted since they are so detail. We worked at Billie’s family breakfast table in her house for 4 hrs. Everything had to be done in one night, a night before the show. No pre meeting, just with email conference, and voila! We did! #TeamEmiKudo
We feel blessed that each of these OPI shades is available for less than $11 at Amazon and Walmart. You can create your own Billie Eilish-inspired nails at home with a little initiative and ingenuity.
If you’re a DIY queen, you can replicate Kudo’s custom OPI blend. Start by applying acrylic nails. (Check out our tutorial here!) Next add a blend of "March in Uniform" and “AmazON…AmazOFF.” After letting your nails dry, make like Picasso by blending “AmazON…AmazOFF” and “Sun, Sea, and Sand in my Pants” into a luminous slime-green hue. Finally, use fine-tipped nail brushes to paint the Gucci logo in "PUMP Up the Volume."
If this approach sounds a little intimidating, no worries. We came up with a lazy girl shortcut to getting Billie’s fabulous nails at home. Lather your nails in ella+mila’s “Mistletoe Magic.” Then apply these Gucci nail art stickers available on Amazon. After this two-step process, you’ll be looking like Billie at a fraction of the cost and effort.
We rounded up everything you need for an epic manicure worthy of Billie Eilish herself.
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