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Stars make style point with long, tapered nails

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Olivia Barker, USA TODAY

Here's the short of it: Long nails are now.

After a decade of the diminutive digit's dominance, models and music stars are making a style point with their talon-like, pointed tips.

There's the relatively subtle approach taken by Adele and Fergie: painted nude and nudged just beyond the finger (think Mad Men's Joan Holloway). And there's the extreme version vamped by Beyonce and Lady Gaga: slicked with sparkles and filed into fangs. (Not surprisingly, Mother Monster has incorporated the so-called stiletto nail into her signature claw pose.) And then there's Estelle, who made a cheeky nod to the style's cat-like profile by coloring her claws cheetah at last month's New Yorkers for Children gala.

The trend of long, pointed, talon-like fingernails is all over the celeb world, as evidenced on the hands of stars like British soul sensation Adele. She rocked her tapered nails during the Grammys in February.  

Credit the rise of the statement nail as an accessory on par with, say, the clutch that it cradles (albeit one that's a lot less of a cash commitment). "As people have acclimated to all these dark, dramatic colors (like black and navy), the pendulum has swung, 'How can I be a little more daring?' " says Amy Synnott-D'Annibale, InStyle beauty director and editor, InStyle Makeover.

"Women are much more into experimenting," says Synnott-D'Annibale, whether it's

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