We Found the 15 Most Perfect Nail Polishes to Flaunt Your Engagement Ring

Say yes to one of these totally on-trend polishes. 

Can we talk about social media engagement photos? You know the ones—the candid on-bent-knee gasp of disbelief, the impossibly cute wide-eyed “I said yes!” selfie, and of course, the crucial, out-stretched hand proudly displaying a sparkly new rock. No matter the couple, or the engagement, there’s one prevailing commonality that never ceases to impress me while covetously scrolling these tastefully-filtered announcements of love: THE MANICURE. I’ve spent many a late-night hour zooming into the flawlessly polished glossy fingertips of the newly betrothed with disbelief. Unless these fiances-to-be are including a polish change in their engagement plans or are acutely attuned to their partners’ mani-pedi schedule (if this is the case, I have severely underestimated the male population), I am consistently amazed how one’s fingers can be so Insta-ready in a flash.

Whether you have a hunch the big question is coming your way, giddily showing off your newly acquired bling to friends and colleagues, or primping for the numerous activities leading up to the big day, a bride-to-be’s hands are never out of the spotlight. And while barely-there shades might be the go-to for some, not all brides are content keeping their tips neutral. Newly engaged and stuck in front of the polish wall? These 15 totally on-trend shades will keep your ring center stage from “yes!” to “I Do” no matter your style. No filter needed.

CLASSIC NUDES

Dior Nail Glow

Polish not your thing? This barely-there universal lacquer from Dior boosts the natural colors of your nails by intensifying the pinks and brightening the whites. 

BUY FROM: Sephora, $27

Oribe Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish in The Nude

This creamy polish from cult fave beauty brand Oribe delivers long-wear coverage and lasting shine. 

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $32

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Ghost Edit

Let your ring remain the star with this semi-sheer peachy nude lacquer by Smith & Cult.

BUY FROM: Birchbox, $18

BEAUTIFUL IN BLUSH

Jinsoon Rose Balsam Collection in Blush

Inspired by the delicate balsam flower, this wispy rose shade from Jin Soon Choi features a lingering floral scent. 

BUY FROM: Barneys New York, $18

Essie Gel Couture Bridal Collection by Monique Lhuillier in Blush-Worthy

Mani-pedi mainstay Essie continues to churn out Insta-worthy shades with their latest bridal collab with Monique Lhuillier which features a soft blush lacquer with subtle gold fleck. 

BUY FROM: Ulta, $11.50

OPI California Dreaming Nail Lacquer Collection in Excuse Me, Big Sur!

OPI’s soft rose shade packs high-pigment coverage and a perfect glossy finish. 

BUY FROM: Ulta, $10 

ROMANTIC & VAMPY 

Christian Louboutin Loubi Under Red

For the chic bride who refuses to part with her signature glossy black tips: amp up your wedding-day mani (and pay homage to your fave red-sole pumps) with this polish from the shoe designer himself that features a fine felt-tip pen applicator for adding that signature pop of red to the underside of your nail. 

BUY FROM: Sephora, $45

NARS Endless Night

This high-gloss enamel in a daring deep marsala shade would be the perfect accompaniment to a late-summer wedding featuring dark dusty blooms and berries. 

BUY FROM: Sephora, $20

Chanel La Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Emblematique

Classic and romantic, this iconic shade from Chanel is formulated with bioceramics and ceramides to keep nails healthy. 

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $28

SOMETHING BLUE 

Deborah Lippman Gel Lap Pro Nail Polish in Sea of Love

This misty blue polish from celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippman wears like a gel mani without the salon appointment. 

BUY FROM: Sephora, $20

Cle de Peau Beaute Nail Lacquer in Color 11

 

 

A deeper, nautical nod to “something blue,” this vivid polish is formulated with argan oil and emits a subtle scent of rose fragrance. 

BUY FROM: Barney’s New York, $25

UO Pastels Collection Nail Polish in Bleached

 

Play with the pastel trend with this muted blue hue from Urban Outfitters. 

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, $5

GO FOR BOLD 

Julep Holographic Nail Color in Angie

Eye-catching and classic all at once, this holographic polish from Julep packs an ingredient punch with antioxidants like green coffee extract for nails that are both striking and healthy. 

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $14

YSL La Laque Couture in Catch Me Fuchsia

With fuchsia blooms sure to dominate the wedding scene this season, this punchy shade from YSL is perfect for the bride who refuses to be anything but bold. 

BUY FROM: Barneys New York, $28

Butter London Pantone Color of the Year Lacquer in Rich Gold

Consider this bronzed iteration of Pantone’s color of the year—an unexpected color choice that’s sure to pop among a wedding filled with grasses and greenery.

BUY FROM: Ulta, $10

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