Forget pastels for summer – Kerry Washington proves this chic, statement nail duo is the manicure to beat

Opting for timelessness over micro-trends, Kerry Washington's red almond nails are the epitome of occasion-ready...

Kerry Washington is pictured with a wavy bob and full fringe and wearing a red dress whilst attending "The Knife" Premiere during the 2024 Tribeca Festival at SVA Theater on June 09, 2024 in New York City/ in a pink watercolour paint-style template
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Stepping out with the crème de la crème of timeless manicure looks, Kerry Washington has proved that, while pastels and nudes are in for summer, few things beat a pop of scarlet at your fingertips.

While the warmer months are seeing milky nudes and shades of baby pink, coral and aquatic blues lead 2024 nail trends, some styles transcend seasons – from neutral nails to classic reds. The latter has caught our attention here, as Kerry Washington just proved once and for all that red, especially when paired with elegant almond nails, is the little black dress of manicures.

We cannot think of a single setting in which a red nail look would fail to look refined and expensive, no matter which tone you opt for or the nail shape you pair it with. So, if you're seeking a manicure that is both versatile and infinitely classic for summer styling and beyond, here's why Kerry Washington's red almond nails get our vote.

Why Kerry Washington's red mani is such a classic combination that we love

Stepping out on June 9th for the premiere of The Knife during the 2024 Tribeca Festival, Kerry Washington paired a reflective, red tasselled dress with red pointed heels and, of course, a bright cherry-red manicure.

She opted for a longer elegant almond shape, which perfectly complimented her formal attire, adding an extra touch of sophistication. This shape is also a great option if you're looking to make your fingers appear elongated – again nice for a more formal setting.

This red hue is a true signature but, because of its brightness, it's also perfect for the summer months, when you want a pop of colour but not one that you'll feel like changing as soon as the weather shifts.

How to recreate Kerry Washington's red nails

No red manicure is complete without a high-shine finish, so we would recommend investing in and applying a clear, glossy top coat over the top of your cherry red nail polish – like this top coat from OPI.

To achieve Kerry Washington's sleek almond nail shape, a high-quality nail file is also a must, as is a cuticle oil for a polished, salon-worthy and healthy-looking finish.

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...