Although you might not know exactly when you’re getting engaged, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Let’s face it, you’re probably going to want to share a picture of your ring on Instagram, so you’ll most likely want to make sure that your nails are looking as good as can be. A lot of my friends have recently become brides-to-be, and they always tell me that wish they had gone for a different nail colour or design now that they look back on photos of the special day. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with classic, timeless shades like white, baby blue or pale pink. A French tip mani is also a good idea, as it always looks chic.
As a beauty editor, I spend a lot of my day looking at different manicures, nail art and nail trends online, so I thought it was about time that I rounded up my favourite engagement nail ideas for anyone who is starting to think about the big day. It goes without saying that it doesn’t really matter what your manicure looks like, all that matters is being in the moment with your partner, but if you do want to make sure that your nails are on point, then keep on scrolling for all the chic nail inspiration you could possibly need. I guarantee that all of these designs will be in style for years to come, so you won’t look back and regret your choice. I’ve also popped some of my favourite nail products below, so that you can recreate the looks easily at home. Now that the nails are sorted, time to think about what to wear…
I love a classic French tip mani, but this fun take on the trend is perfect for any cool, minimalist fans out there.
This pen will make recreating this look so easy.
I don’t know about you, but I think baby blue nails look so chic, and are a nice alternative if you don’t want to opt for a white manicure.
Gucci do such beautiful nail polishes, and this blue shade is no exception.
That being said, if you’re not a fan of colour, then you can’t go wrong with a classic white polish. It’s so timeless, will go with any outfit and gives me all of the bridal vibes.
Two coats of this will have your nails looking like you just stepped out of the salon.
Red is such a romantic colour, and this heart-shaped nail art looks so sweet.
This nail art might be hard to do yourself, so I recommend using press on nails instead.
Naked nails are so in right now, and if you prefer a more natural look, then this is definitely the trend to go for. Forget nail polish, as this trend is all about making your bare nails look as healthy as possible.
This handy set from OPI has everything you need to care for your nails, including a a nail strengthener and a cuticle oil.
Another pastel option is baby pink. This is a beautifully soft shade that would compliment any engagement ring.
Chanel have created the prettiest, pale pink colour.
If you want something a little softer than white, but still want to keep things quite simple, I love a milky white manicure. So, so chic.
The perfect milky white shade does exist.
French tips are easily one of the most sophisticated nail designs around, and they are ideal for those of you who like something a bit more subtle.
Although they look great, French tips can also be tricky to do at home so I always opt for press on nails.
Want to add a bit of sparkle to your special day? Opt for a glittery top coat to finish off your engagement nails.
This top coat will give your nails a gorgeous, shimmery shine.
For a pop of colour, I love a bright red shade. This nail colour will definitely make your pics Insta-worthy.
This polish will make a serious statement.
It doesn’t get much cuter than this. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like heart-shaped nail art.
Mylee have created the ultimate nail kit with all the brushes you need to create even the most intricate nail art.
For a more subtle statement, try adding these pretty nail embellishments. These will sparkle beautifully alongside your ring.
This kit comes with everything from gems to pearls and nail art tools to achieve your dream manicure.