When you’ve got one of the most recognizable faces (and, let’s be real, booties) in the biz, money ain’t no thing. For someone like Jennifer Lopez, the financial state of her empire is so sound that she’s able to snip apart actual money in the name of beauty.
At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, the 48-year-old walked the red carpet in a two-piece, oxblood-hued suit with matching croc-print bralette by Roberto Cavalli, but it wasn’t the clothes or the thigh-high Casadei boots that was the most jaw-dropping part of JLo’s look: it was her fingertips covered in bits and pieces of very real $100 bills.
Celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik created this intricate set of coffin nails, which were embellished with small sparkly crystals, for the singer to celebrate her latest single, Dinero. Yup, Jenny from the Block’s latest hit (which also features DJ Khaled and Cardi B) is literally the Spanish word for ‘money’ and so her custom mani with cut-and-paste pieces of American hundos was the perfect accessory to sport during the music industry’s biggest night of the year.
After walking the red carpet, JLo took to the stage to the stage to perform her new single (which is of course catchy and might just be the 2018 version of Despacito), yet pulled on a pair of black gloves over her expensive nails, so we couldn’t see her tips sparkle under the stage light… but we all knew they were there.
Jen’s dinero mani must have taken inspo from rapper Lil Kim’s 1993 money nails, a creation by nail artist Bernadette Thompson. Lil Kim’s 25-year-old set of acrylics is such an iconic part of pop culture that the Museum of Modern Art in New York has put them on display, the first nail art ever to be showcased at the gallery.
Now, not everyone can afford to dice up few Benjamins in the name of nail art, so if you want to get the look on the cheap, consider printing off a picture of a $100 bill, cutting it up and pasting it to your nails. Or use a $5 Canadian bill instead — it’s a nicer colour and will only set you back the price of one latte.