The Most Popular Wedding-Day Nail Shades
The Most Popular Wedding-Day Nail Shades

The Most Popular Wedding-Day Nail Shades

When it comes to wedding-day manicures, you can’t go wrong with a classic neutral tone. From soft pinks to light beiges and milky whites, we asked ten manicurists for their top shades…

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The Gel Bottle NU05 All In One Biab

Rated By: Harriet Westmoreland, @HarrietWestmoreland

“In my opinion, the perfect bridal shade is NU05 by The Gel Bottle. It has both white and pink undertones in it, so it always looks good against a white or ivory dress. It’s not too pink, so it doesn’t stand out, but it also isn’t overly creamy – just a nice balance. It’s the type of shade that catches your eye just so, but is guaranteed to earn compliments.”

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Nails Inc Glow With The Flow Polish

Rated By: Saskia Fenwick, @SaskiaFenwick

“A peach-white tone, this really enhances your natural nail and smooths out any ridges or bumps. Though it’s not a gel, it gives nails a plumped-up effect and it lasts for ages, chip-free. One layer is quite sheer, so I recommend three for a more visible glow.” 

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Gelcare UV Polish In Rose Water

Rated By: Emma Jackson, @EmmaJacksonNailArtist

“Described as a ‘jelly pink’, this new polish is my go-to for wedding-day manicures. Brides love it as it has a bit more colour to it than traditional shades – think light rose with a sheer quality that’s so pretty. You can get away with one layer, but two is perfect for a bit more impact.”

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Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers

Rated By: Julia Diogo, @PaintedByJools

“It’s a cult classic for good reason. Not only was it Queen Elizabeth’s favourite shade, it’s also one of mine, as well as many of the brides I see. It’s a soft, classic pink varnish with a subtle sheer finish that makes nails look seriously groomed. It’s also flattering against all skin tones and, like all Essie formulas, it wears well with minimal chips. It mixes with other shades nicely if you want something more bespoke.”

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Skieuse

Rated By: Sarah Falshaw, @SarahFalshaw

“I am being asked for this more and more by the brides that I see. A bit like the above Gelcare Polish, it’s quite pink, but not OTT. It has creamy undertones that keep it looking rosy and minimalist, but if you’re inclined, you can keep layering up for more intensity. It’s versatile and buildable, depending on your preference.”

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Put It In Neutral

Rated By: Iram Shelton, @IramShelton

“This soft, beige nude is my favourite for weddings. Often, I am asked to pair it with a French tip, but it works nicely on its own too. It’s a shade that says ‘your nails but better’ and it flatters everyone skin tone, so I’m not surprised I am asked for it repeatedly.”

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BioSculpture Nail Lacquer in Transparent Beauty

Rated By: Georgia Rae, @RaeLondonNails

“I think this is going to be the bridal shade of the year with clients. The name sums it up, but the shade enhances the natural beauty of your nail, which I think is exactly what you want from a bridal manicure. It’s a milky tone with a hint of pink. It’s also easy to layer depending on how transparent or opaque you’d like it to be.”

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Manucurist Nail Polish in Milky White

Rated By: Mateja Novakovic, @MatejaNova

“The name says it all – a very clean and minimalist white tone, this is perfect for those who want fresh-looking nails without too much pink. As it’s sheer, you do need to layer up to prevent any streaks – two to three coats should be plenty. It has a glossy finish that looks expensive and chic.”

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BioSculpture Nail Lacquer In Anthea

Rated By: Faye Louise Dennis, @FayeLouiseDennis

“This is by far my most requested shade for weddings. It’s more of a mauve pink with a warmth that suits everyone – often referred to as a ‘blush’ tone. It’s perfect if you want a neutral but pigmented shade on your big day, instead of anything too sheer.”

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Nailberry Natural Nail Polish in Elegance

Rated By: Megan Evans, @MeganMargotEvans

“Nailberry do some of my favourite shades for wedding day manis, but ‘Elegance’ is my favourite by far. Sheer, but easy to layer up, it has a rosy tint that makes naturals look healthy and almost glow-y. It’s the type of shade we would always use as a base alongside French tips, so if that sounds like your thing, I recommend this one.”

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