In search of the perfect nail polish shade to complement your gorgeous new wedding band? Understated pink tones and warm neutrals have become the classic “go-to” when selecting a wedding nail color since they let the bling shine, but there are still so many options to choose from! Here, we’ve got the breakdown by brand of our top ten wedding day polishes.
Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer
We love the Dior Gel nail formula for its glossy, gel-like shine. Since you will be doing a lot of hand-modeling in the months leading up to (and after) your big day, you will want a to invest in a polish that is long-lasting. Reviewers of the polish rave that the Dior Gel Shine Collection stays for at least a week or more before chipping.
If it is not in your wedding budget to keep up with manicures every week, the brush shape and length of the Dior Gel Shine Collection make it very easy to polish your own nails and get professional looking results. The oval-shaped brush fits perfecting into the shape of the nail bed, allowing for a smooth application, vibrant color, and a perfect finish. The polish dries to look like gel, no salon visit necessary. Our top picks for color? – Tra La La and Muguet.
Dior Tra La La, Image via Beauty Scene
Dior “Muguet”, Image via Beauty Scene
Essie is the ultimate color authority when it comes to neutral polish, with more than 30 softly hued shades to choose from. If you’re looking for a wedding-day worthy manicure at an affordable price, Essie’s sheer application polishes are a top choice. From the 2014 Winter Collection, “Tuck-it-in-my Tux” is a silky, ivory color – a subtle and delicate take on your typical off-white manicure. And if you’re looking for something with more of a pink undertone, Essie’s signature “Angel Food” polish will be your perfect fit. Described as “heavenly sheer,” this shade will be the timeless, neutral complement to your gorgeous ring and dress.
Essie “Tuck it in my Tux”, Image via Rijah
Pictured: Essie “Angel Food”, Image via Wedding Accessories
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour:
Chanel is renowned for creating classic and trend-defining shades that deliver high-shine color. It can often be difficult to apply lighter shades evenly, and the best part about Chanel nudes is that they are known for streak-free application.
“Ballerina” is a buildable pink shade that goes on best of all light polishes we’ve tried. This gorgeous semi-sheer color is creamy and opaque, giving a soft, sophisticated look with easy application. Another favorite, “Secret,” is a warm beige nude with pink undertones. You can wear one coat for a clean look, or two to achieve a true to color match. Secret is also a good recommendation for more olive and dark skin tones.
Chanel “Ballerina”, Image via Anna Gorelova
Chanel “Secret”, Image via Polish Police
O.P.I Nail Lacquers:
O.P.I nail polishes are a hidden drugstore gem! If you’re looking for affordable luxury product, you can’t go wrong with choosing a color from one of the brand’s many collections. The array of feminine pinks, creams, roses, nudes, and whites make an ideal choice for blushing brides.
From the many options we’ve selected our two favorites – a soft, opaque pink called “My Very First Knockwurst”, and a creamy, ivory shade fit for all skin tones called “Bubble Bath”.
O.P.I. “My Very First Knockwurst”, Image via The Beauty Lookbook
O.P.I. “Bubblebath”, Image via We Heart It
Butter London Nail Lacquer:
Created backstage at fashion week for the world’s top fashion designers, Butter London delivers rich and vibrant color, even from its neutral shades. For those of you looking for something trendier than your traditional pink, Butter London offers a unique collection of nudes. Our first choice, “Shandy” is a creamy apricot color, perfect for playing up a summer wedding. The second, “Cuppa” is a warm, toasted beige. The best part about both colors – they all only required one-coat for application!
Butter London. “Shandy”, Image via Makeup and Beauty Blog
Butter London. “Cuppa”, Image via Heart Over Heels