From your engagement to your wedding, there is going to be a lot of attention on your hands (hello, sparkly ring!). And with that comes attention to your nails as well. To make sure that your hands looked polished to perfection on your wedding day here is a list of the 10 best bridal nail colours. These nail colours suit many different skin tones and personal styles. So, whether you are leaning towards a minimal look or a bright pop, we have something to fit the bill.
1. Soft Pink Hues
Soft pink hues are a classic bridal nail colour. A soft pink, like Essie's Brides to Be, is great for any bride because it's a simple wash of colour that gives a clean, natural look. The nail colour is perfect for a brides that doesn't want too much attention on her nails but still wants to add some interest and look elegant.
Another great bridal nail colour is white! I love OCC's Feathered because it is a very opaque pure white nail colour. OCC is a great choice for eco-conscious brides because they are a vegan, cruelty-free brand which makes great products. The one trick to making white nail polish work for you is to make sure that the undertone of nail colour matches that of the dress. White nails look beautiful on all skin tones because they create contrast and add drama. If you are a bride that is looking for something clean, yet striking, then white nails are your best bet.
A bride can never go wrong by choosing a pale nude nail colour for her wedding day. Butter London's Shop Girl is one of my favourites because of the creamy, easy to apply texture. When picking out a nude nail colour, be mindful of undertones. For example, if you want something more modern, choose a nude with a grey or brown undertone rather than pink or mauve (which reads more pretty and dainty). So depending on the look you want to achieve, you may have to experiment with a few shades, but a pale nude is always beautiful because it elongates the fingers and lets your ring have all the attention.
For some subtle colour on your wedding day, try a light lavender nail colour like Essie's Hubby for Dessert. A soft pastel looks pretty and romantic on a bride, and you can match it with your bridesmaids dresses if you are going for a purple theme!
Metallic nails, like this gorgeous rose gold (Marc Jacobs' Le Charm), are a great nail colour choice for a bride that wants a something dramatic. I love metallic nails for a bride because they photograph beautifully and add a touch of the unexpected. If you want something more subtle, try a nail design with some metallic shades as an accent.
Glitter nail polish is definitely for the bride that wants to dazzle! Smith and Cult makes a beautiful glitter nail colour called Shattered Souls (I know, not the most romantic name) with small and large glitter particles to add extra dimension to your nails. Just like metallic nails, you can take the subtle route here and use the glitter as an accent with half-moons or a sparkling french tip. Glittery nails are a perfect pick if you are having a more glamorous wedding.
Add something blue to your wedding day with a blue nail colour. Cue Deborah Lippmann's Blue Orchid, this perfect robin's egg blue can be the perfect touch of blue on your big day. A soft sky blue looks elegant and modern; it's a lovely choice for a low-key bride who wants to do something different.
Brides who are looking from something different when it comes to their nail colour on the wedding day, how about a light grey like Essie's Chinchilly? Grey nail colour works really well for brides going for a minimal look. It's a beautiful neutral colour which pairs well with silver, so it will bring out the sparkle in your ring.
A bright coral nail colour, like Essie's Sunday Funday, is a perfect pick for a pop of something cheery. A punchy coral would be lovely at a beach wedding because it would stand out against the light sand and white dress. Coral is more sophisticated and playful than red or fuchsia while still giving you the pop of colour you are searching for.
Lastly, for the low maintenance, easy going bride, nothing works better than natural nails or a sheer coat of polish. If painting your nails has never really been your thing, then why should you change on your wedding day. Be sure to put your best foot (read: hand) forward by taking care of your digits. Apply lots of cream and oil to condition your nail beds and to keep your hands looking soft and healthy, and be sure to shape your nails so they look uniform and beautiful.
In the end, whether you choose something simple, something bright, or nothing at all for your nail colour, all that matters is that you feel beautiful on your wedding day.