"I'm about to get this manicure," Estelle sang last Tuesday evening at a Rosa Regale-hosted concert at The Darby in New York City. The line was not merely part of her to-do list, but rather a lyric from the British singer/rapper's new song, "Wonderful Life," off of her latest album, All Of Me. Although she introduced the number as the kind of song you should sing along to after a bad day, Estelle smirked as she crooned the word "manicure" and flashed her glittery nails to the audience.
Suddenly, I couldn't think about the music anymore. I was distracted by her ultra-shiny, star-covered, jewel-encrusted, bedazzled fingertips.
After the show, I ran downstairs to meet Estelle and get a closer look at this magnificent manicure. Although she swapped her all-black, sequined ensemble for a wood-printed jacket and gold miniskirt, her nails were fortunately the same. I had to ask for a quick closeup shot (see the photo below) as well as some more beauty tips:
Stylelist: Your nails are absolutely amazing, where did you get them done?
Estelle: Naomi Yasuda did them for me. She's been doing my nails in NYC for a few years now. She's wonderfully creative, and just a great person.
What do you like about having unexpected, fancy nails?
They are like fun accessories, just on the end of your hands.
We love your winged eyeliner -- do you have any tips for getting it right?
Try to do straight lines, as much as you can.
What is your beauty routine like when you're on tour?
I always do my own makeup and hair on the road. Keep it simple. You will sweat, so for photography a lot of makeup is never the look.
How do you get ready for a performance?
I try to take a nap, pray and rock out!
Check out Estelle's nails in the slideshow below and keep clicking through for more from her performance: