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.
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.
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.
Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Ghost Edit
Let your ring remain the star with this semi-sheer peachy nude lacquer by Smith & Cult.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UO Pastels Collection Nail Polish in Bleached
Play with the pastel trend with this muted blue hue from Urban Outfitters.
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.
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.
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.
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