Confession: While everyone else was making a fuss over the fact that one of Lindsay Lohan’s courtroom nails (the middle finger, natch) had a tiny “fuck u” written on it, we were thinking about how awesome her nails looked.
We doubt Lilo’s manicure will hold out for her 90-day prison sentence. But it looks like it’s going to last longer than our $12 manicures. And that tie dye effect is kinda awesome. Want it.
Even reigning nail art queen, Naomi Yasuda, whose client list includes Lady Gaga, Amanda Lepore, Alicia Keys and, wait for it, Steven Tyler, thinks Lindsay’s nails were hot.
“I think the tie dye look is really cute,” says Yasuda, 25, who works out of Hello Beautiful salon in Williamsburg. “I could do that with an airbrush and it would only take about 20 minutes and cost around $50.” As for the “Fuck U”? Yasuda says you can use little stickers to write on nails but we’re betting Lilo just sharpied that on. But the design, Lilo has confirmed with a tweet (yes, she’s still tweeting) was airbrushed.
You can also thank Yasuda for the only redeeming part of Sex and the City 2: Kim Cattrall’s nails. She’s behind Samantha’s amazing manicures, and submitted ten designs for the film.
While we had the nail artist to the stars on the phone, we thought we’d pick her brain a bit.
Yasuda’s been using nails as a canvas for the past seven years, and she got her start doing her friends nails for fun in junior high school. One of her trademark super ornate manicures – replete with chains, charms, jewels, and intricate designs – takes up to an hour and a half and costs up to $150.
If you don’t have $150 to blow on a manicure, Yasuda’s got some tips for the DIY inclined.
“Always put on a base and top coat to make it last longer,” she says. “And remember you don’t always have to do all 10 finger nails. Just doing one fingernail can set another mood for you.”
Her dream client?
“Michelle Obama and her two daughters.”
We can see it now…Mrs. O matching her nails to her statement jewelry.
Click through to see some of Yasuda’s best work.