Get your claws out girls! Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Jessie J spark craze for pointy, razor-sharp 'stiletto nails'
13:08 GMT, 6 July 2012
As some of Hollywood’s hottest stars, their working lives involve always appearing edgy for the constant crowd of paparazzi and adoring fans.
But now a new nail-art trend has now left a host of leading ladies looking literally razor-sharp.
Celebrities including Rihanna, Heidi Klum, Fergie, Beyonce and Lady Gaga have all worn so-called 'stiletto nails' – long, curved, animalistic talons sharped to a point and painted bright colors.
Lady Gaga shows off her pointy nails as she arrives at the Park Hyatt Hotel during her 'Born This Way Ball' Australian tour
They are named after stiletto knives – thin, deadly daggers used by Italian assassins in the 1400s.
The lethal-looking claws – similar to those seen on the Wicked Witch in the 1939 Wizard Of Oz film – are usually acrylic fakes (though they can be done on a long enough real nail) that have been filed and cut into the extreme shape.
The look is appealing as elongates the fingers and gives a big surface to show off bright varnishes and nail art. A full set can cost up to 75 from a salon.
Left: Rihanna tweeted this picture of her and her grandmother. Right, performing last month in Oslo
Beyonce in her music video Best I Never Had with her gold stiletto nails
The new trend is the latest piece of extreme nail art – which also includes metallic snakeskin polishes, outrageous stick-ons and diamante embellishments.
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LCN do a 'magnetic nail polish'. You simply paint your nails as normal, then hold a magnet above them while the polish is still wet. Magnetic particles are then pulled upwards towards it, leaving a pattern such as snakeskin or waves.
Some salons started offering fake 'duck nails' last month. These taper outwards at the ends, giving nails the appearance of duck's feet.
You an buy 'earrings' for your nails. A salon will piece the tip of a long nail, and tread a small piece of jewelery through
Needless to say, the trend was first spotted on Lady Gaga, who wore a vampish, black set when visiting London in 2010, and was pictured curling her hands into claws at photographers.
She was spotted last month in Melbourne with a nude set of triangular nails.
The latest star spotted with a set of the claws is Rihanna, who last month wore a garish inch-long yellow set to dinner. She also wore a long, black set to the Grammys this year.
Kimmie Kyees, Rihanna's nail stylist, even claimed the singer had invented the ‘square narrow-shape acrylic’.
Fellow popstar Beyonce also is a fan of the trend. She wore turquoise talons for her Why Don’t You Love Me video, green ones for Run The World and a striking set of gold claws in the video for new single Best Thing I Never Had.
Young popstars Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Ray and Jessie J have also been seen wearing similar sets.
The trend for the long, spiky nails doesn’t have to always have to be so extreme, however.
Adele flashes her bright manicure as she clutches her second Ivor Novello, while right, Lana Del Rey with a more subtle take on the talon trend
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie was spotted with clear, triangle-shaped nails at a New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins football game, and Adele wore an elegant nude set to the MTV music awards.
But despite their celebrity fans, it seems the nails have not get caught on with the general public. A poll for InStyle magazine found 92 per cent of respondents gave stiletto nails a ‘thumbs down’.
And one nail technician warns the sharp style can have a downside.
Jamie Ahn, owner of Acqua Beauty Bar and Townhouse Spa in Manhattan told the NY Daily News the nails can cause injury. ‘People have to be careful,' she says. 'You can really poke yourself in the eye. I've seen it a lot more times than you would think.'
'Men don't seem to like the look much either.’