Rihanna and Katy Perry Are Double-Handedly Keeping Nail Art Alive

For those of you who argued with us over the seemingly imminent death of nail art, it looks like you've got two major proponents on your side: Katy Perry and Rihanna, who both snapped Instagrams this past weekend of their festive holiday nails.
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For those of you who argued with us over the seemingly imminent death of nail art, it looks like you've got two major proponents on your side: Katy Perry and Rihanna, who both snapped Instagrams this past weekend of their festive holiday nails.

Photos: Getty, @badgalriri

Photos: Getty, @badgalriri

For those of you who argued with us over the seemingly imminent death of nail art, it looks like you've got two major proponents on your side: Katy Perry and Rihanna, who both snapped Instagrams this past weekend of their festive holiday nails.

According to the Daily Mail, Rihanna was in her home country of Barbados yesterday when she shared a photo of her decked-out talons, which featured multicolored glitter polish and 3D designs for a sort of "Santa's workshop exploded in the nail salon" vibe. (Also when did she get all those hand tattoos? Is this a thing we're doing now?)

Surprisingly, Perry's nail art offering was on the subtler side. The pop star posted a pic of her toenails with some unfairly adorable Santas painted on, peeking out of some stripy, Adidas-esque shower slides. Trendy!

Though both ladies were early adopters of the trend, their more recent, simpler digit decor had us feeling like the end was near for OTT nail art as we knew it. (There's also all the falling sales figures but... we digress.) Earlier this year, each wore a single-hued look to the Grammys that felt so fresh in comparison to all the crazy that had been happening in the months and years prior. But now... now, we just don't know anymore.

So we'll admit it: Maaaybe our declaration that nail art was DOA was a bit premature. After all, tastemaker Alexa Chung did tell us just last week that, not only are complicated manis far from gauche, but she considers them "a valid art form that’s kind of pretty cool." Guess it's lucky we haven't thrown away our nail art pens just yet, eh?