After months securing your venue, finalizing seating charts, and finding The Dress, your wedding nail polish color might be low on your list of wedding day priorities. But trust: finding a shade that'll translate from day to night can be just as stress-inducing as selecting fonts for your invites — especially if you plan on deviating from the norm.
Even though blush and white tones are the most commonly selected shades for wedding day manis, nail artists and salons that specialize in bridal manicures are seeing a shift away from traditional shades. “Translucent and opaque nudes have been really popular in recent months for bridal nails,” celebrity manicurist Thuy Nguyen tells TZR. “Mixing colors to find the right shade in the realms of different pinks, peaches, and tans helps during this process to find the perfect shade for the bride’s complexion.” But with any shade, it’s always important to remember to test out the shades you’re leaning towards. See how it looks in daylight and in the evening to ensure it’s a match for your complexion.
If nudes and neutral nails aren't in the plans for your wedding day, it's not against the rules to go for something colorful. In fact, it's encouraged. “We're seeing a lot of brides that want to match the overall color scheme of their wedding,” Lauren Dunne, co-founder of Varnish Lane, tells TZR. “It’s really common to see brides use a blue polish on their nails as their something blue!" Dunne also notes that lavender shades are also among favorites with brides that are heading away towards whites and blushes.
On the complete opposite side of the shade spectrum, Candice Idehen, owner of Bed of Nails in New York City, has brides that opt for intricate designs with bold colors for their weddings. "I had a bride choose black, red and white shades. Her nails were white, but we incorporated black and white marble with accents of red and gold foil."
No matter if you're looking for a neutral, colored, or bold shade for your nails, remember that it's your day, and your hue should be one that you look and feel happily ever after in. See 14 pro-approved suggestions below.
Add this color by Essie as your "something blue" for your big day. The color is creamy and doesn't have a hint of gray like some blue tones.
Dunne says that this shade shows as a mixture between a light blue and purple color, making it great for both a manicure and pedicure.
Idehen says that this shade of blue is great for photos. It's just the right hint of blue, without being too overwhelming and bright for the day.
Dunne also recommends this shade. It's a creamy lavender with a hint of grey.
Pinks & Peaches
This shade is a "great hot pink for someone looking for a bold color," Dunne says. The formula is vibrant, so you won't need a ton of shades to make the color stand out.
Glamsquad recommends this shade for brides that don't want to use a blush but don't exactly want too much of a pink tone either.
"I recently used this shade on Halsey for the Met Gala," Idehen says. It's a gleaming shade that is an excellent alternative to a traditional bridal manicure shade.
Enhance your wedding day manicure with a metallic shade. Glamsquad tells TZR that modern brides are looking to enhance and detail their nails, especially with glitter. The polish contains thin metallic flakes that are subtle, yet reflect bold color.
This gold is infused with glitter that won't flake off throughout your day.
This shimmering shade is recommended by Nguyen for brides to be. The shade has a rose gold hint to it, and since it's gel, the glitter won't stick to your dress.
If you're a bride that wants bold color, Glamsquad says to grab a red polish. This one by Chanel provides lasting color that shines without a top coat.
Sheer & Nude
Idehen makes this selection for the ladies who want a fresh-looking neutral.
"Smith and Cult's Sugarette is a pearl shade, but not your traditional pearl shade. It's shiny and not too streaky," Idehen explains.