How to: Viola Davis Met Gala 2023 Nails

Nail artist Kim Truong created Viola Davis' nail look for the 2023 Met Gala.

Viola Davis was stunning in a pink statement gown at the Met Gala 2023.

Kim Truong, a CND nail artist (@kimkimnails), created a matching nail look using CND products.

Truong explains, “Viola’s nail polish is a pearlescent pink on top of a chrome finish.” Since Viola’s dress is a pink gown with feathers, Viola wanted her nails contrasting against it. We were able to create a subtle wow without having her dress contrast. The chrome’s luster reacts to body movements and subtle shifts in light.

Below you can see Truong’s creation of Davis’ chrome nails.

Nail artist Kim Truong (@kimkimnails) created Viola Davis’ Met Gala nail look using products from CND.Courtesy of Kim Truong


  1. Start by preparing your natural nails.
  2. Use a LED nail lamp to cure the base coat for 10 seconds.
  3. One minute after applying one layer of light pink nail polish, cure it.
  4. Apply one coat of the no-wipe finish coat and cure.
  5. Rub the pearlescent color of the chrome on the nail using a sponge that has been lightly dipped in the color.
  6. Seal the sealant with a no-wipe topcoat and let it cure for a minute.
  7. To condition the nail, apply a drop of cuticle lubricant.

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