Lupita Nyong'o's SAG Awards Nails: Get an Exclusive Look!

01/18/2014 at 10:00 PM ET

Lupita Nyong'o Deborah Lippmann nailpolishLester Cohen/WireImage, Courtesy Deborah Lippmann

It’s good to be part of Lupita Nyong’o’s glam squad these days. Not only is she the buzziest style star on the red carpet, but she loves to name-check all the people who helped her look like — well, see the photo above. So when she told Giuliana Rancic that her nails were courtesy of Deborah Lippmann, we had a feeling we were going to be copying that nail look first thing tomorrow morning. And in this exclusive photo sent to us by Lippmann, we found out our intuition was spot-on.

The rich gold metallic hue is courtesy of a combination of “Swagga Like Us” and “Chain Reaction,” but just like finding the right accessory is a journey for stars and their stylists, so is landing on the perfect nail shade for the big night. (After all, Nyong’o’s nails were front and center as soon as she won that SAG award!)

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“Lupita’s nails were a very big decision for her tonight. We went through a few different rounds of colors before settling on this custom combination,'” Lippmann tells PEOPLE. “The color really stood out from her beautiful teal [Gucci] dress and added an element of style, and most importantly, it was edgy. A real red carpet nail look, there was glitter and chrome — perfect for a big event night like the SAG Awards.”

To achieve the look, Lippmann started and ended with her Gel Lab top coat, which extends polish life twice as long. Then she painted on the mirrored chrome “Swagga Like Us,” followed by a coat of “Chain Reaction,” for the perfect blend of hues that complemented her super-shiny golden clutch.

And of course, her metallic tips weren’t the only part of Nyong’o’s beauty look we were obsessing over. Yes, we’re referring to her gorgeous eyeshadow. Makeup artist Nick Barose shared that he “didn’t want it to be really matchy-matchy” so he combined three shades — the blue color from Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Fascination, Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Amethyst and a yellow liner, Chanel Limited Edition Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivré.

Do you love her nail look? Would you give it a shot? And what about her eye makeup? Tell us below!

–Alex Apatoff

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sem on

Lupita deserves the award, go get your Oscar girl!

Selena on

People are putting way too much thought into their nails. As if manicurists are innovators in some never before seen creation. It’s just polish folks!

Ali on

I thought her dress was horrendous. I don’t get how that made the Best Dressed list. The embellishments at the top look like they are from JoAnn Fabrics and are just glued on. Tacky looking. She is beautiful though and that color is striking against her skin tone.

Johanna on

She is so stunning.

Susan Senecal on

There’s too much glare on this picture to see her nails. But, Lupita, looks beautiful.

Morning Coffee on

I had this same exactly nail polish back in the 90’s. You could wear it alone, or apply it on top of another colour-say red, to get a different shade. I have to agree with Selena. It isn’t that difficult to put two colours together.

Kell on

I have never heard of her before, but she’s absolutely stunning! While I’m not of a fan of the dress color, something about it sets off her skin tone perfectly.

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