These 10+ Male K-Pop Idols Broke Gender Norms And Rocked Nail Polish

Nail polish is the icing to these idols’ fashion cakes!

While nail art is usually considered to be more popular among females, even in the K-Pop industry, there are many boy group members who have not only tried wearing nail polish, but looked hot AF doing it!

Let’s take go through some male K-Pop idols who have each had awesome nail designs:

1. BTS’s J-Hope

When BTS came out with the second comeback trailer “Outro: Ego,” for Map of the Soul: 7, J-Hope got his nails done to match the theme! With ‘hope’ on one finger, a smiley face on another, and ‘ego’ spelled out on his left hand, J-Hope’s nail art looked perfect.

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2. ATEEZ’s Hongjoong

ATEEZ‘s Hongjoong wears polish often, but typically paints only one of his nails. This is because he does it in support of Polished Man, a campaign made to raise awareness about violence against children and try to end it for good!

| @ATEEZofficial/Twitter

3. TXT’s Taehyun

When TXT was promoting “Puma”, Taehyun caught the attention of many for his on-and-off nail polish pattern. Looking at him slay in this all-black look, anyone can see that they suit Taehyun perfectly!

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4. THE BOYZ’s Hyunjae and Juyeon

Both Hyunjae and Juyeon from THE BOYZ have done an entire photoshoot with Allure Magazine where they showed off their painted nails. The only thing more attractive than one guy who isn’t afraid of glitter is two!

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5. BTOB’s Peniel

BTOB‘s Peniel has gotten his nails done multiple times for promotions in the past, but one of his most iconic sets appeared more recently during the finale of Kingdom: Legendary War!

| @btobpeniel/Instagram

6. iKON’s Bobby

iKON‘s Bobby has one of the most unique and badass senses of fashion, even among idols, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he has completely owned a black nail-polish look before!

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MONSTA X‘s I.M is another idol that wore black nail polish many times throughout his career. The reason? He didn’t like having the dirt under his nails being visible!

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8. EXO’s Sehun

Not only did the sunlight make EXO‘s Sehun look absolutely radiant, but it also brought attention to the amazing line patterns on his nails!

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9. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon

BIGBANG‘s G-Dragon is another heavy hitter in the fashion department, sporting some Chanel earmuffs alongside his metallic nails.

10. SHINee’s Taemin

During Taemin‘s “Danger” era, he almost always had polish on his nails! He even highlighted them here during his “Music Bank” appearance!


11. VICTON’s Hanse

VICTON‘s Hanse has tried a wide variety of styles and colors over the years, with this photo becoming popular because of how perfectly his nails match with his birthday cake!

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12. F.T. Island’s Hongki

F.T Island‘s Hongki is literally an expert when it comes to nail polish, and even had his own book published regarding the subject. One time he even spent $8000 on one design!

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13. NCT’s Johnny And Yuta

In an episode of Johnny’s Communication Center (JCC), NCT‘s Johnny and Yuta both had a blast trying out nail art for the first time!

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14. VERIVERY’s Gyehyeon

VERIVERY‘s Gyehyeon may be fierce onstage, but he becomes a total ball of fluff soon after, looking absolutely precious with his painted nails during the group’s “Get Away” promotions!

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15. Stray Kids’ Han

Fourth generation boy groups seem to love getting their nails painted black, and Stray KidsHan is no exception! STAYs all around the world went crazy when he posted this selfie with his nails front and center!

| @Stray_Kids/Twitter

Which idol’s nail art is your favorite?