So your partner just proposed and you wanna show off that gorgeous ring...but oops! Your nails have definitely seen better days. You don't want to showcase that dazzling ring with botched nails! Before we start posting pictures online, it's time to head over to the nail salon! Nicely groomed nails can make a ring flash engagement photo look so much better and make your hands look lovely and feminine. But, like makeup and clothing, everyone has their own style. Here we're going to cover the best engagement nails for that perfect Instagram photo you're just dying to share! Let's get to it!
Be sure to check out our blog post on Types of Engagement Rings and this post for Engagement Photo Ideas!
Quick Paint Job
For an instant nail makeover, take a fabulous color that really stands out (similar to these mood ring colored nails) and paint over what you already have. Be sure to get the excess paint off the edges of your fingers and choose a backdrop that will compliment your nail color and your new engagement ring! This is a quick and easy fix if you're too impatient to make an appointment at the nail salon, and a cheap one too!
Clean and Polished
For those of you that aren't wearers of nail polish and just can't figure out how to operate with long fake nails, an easy solution is going for the clean and polish look! You can easily modify your nails at home by simply using a nail buffer to smooth out your nails, file them to an even shape, and apply a coat of clear gloss to make them shine! This nail look will pair nicely with any style and you can easily fool anyone into thinking this is the way your nails look naturally every day!
If the band of your engagement ring is gold, play on that theme! You don't necessarily have to get your nails done completely gold, go for a neutral base like an ivory or cream color and incorporate some gold flecks or designs. On your ring fingers, choose a glittery gold paint to really accent your ring. This style also works perfectly with sterling silver and rose gold too!
Diamonds are a girls best friend, and while most nail salons won't actually bejewel your nails with real diamonds, rhinestones are a nice substitute. Choose a standard french manicure style and put on the ritz with white rhinestones carefully placed by your nail bed, vertically through the center or in a flower shape in the middle. Be sure to take your picture out in the natural light to really capture the sparkle of your glamorous nails and even more glamorous engagement ring!
This nail style became increasingly popular after Lady Gaga rocked them during the Born This Way era, and is can still be seen on celebrities such as Cardi B and Billie Eilish. This nail style can be done as a subtle french style manicure, a solid color or blinged out like the bejeweled nails seen above. The length of these nails can make a world of difference too, from just an inch or so above the natural nail, to long and extreme. Keep in mind the longer this nail style is, the harder it will be to work with your hands and it's very likely you make poke your eye or jab your palm. This style can definitely still be doable as long as you choose a length that you can commit to.
The classic go to manicure. No matter what style you're going for, a standard french manicure will always blend in perfectly with your look. This can even be your choice manicure for the day of your wedding! The french manicure elongates the fingers, feminizes the hands and is a pretty yet subtle touch to make your engagement ring really pop on your hand!
For a less sharp, but still lovely and elongated nail look, try out the almond shape! For some, the stiletto look is too intense and the square cut is just too blunt. The almond shape takes the natural nail shape look and gives it a feminine more precisely rounded out look. This is perfect for those who want a long nail look but don't want a shape that is too bold for their taste. The almond shape can be converted easily into a french manicure or painted a solid color with different designs and accents. For almond nail inspiration, just take a look at singer Lana Del Rey's signature manicure look!
Very, very on trend right now. Coffin nails are a cross between the almond shaped nail and the square cut. The elongated square cut remains the same width from top to bottom while the coffin nail starts wide at the bottom and gets subtly thinner as it goes up. This look can be done as a french manicure, a solid color or commonly seen as an ombre/french manicure blend as seen above. The idea of this nail style is to elongate the fingers and add at sexy, feminine look to the hands. If you're okay with having longer nails, this could be the style for you!
V-Shaped French Tips
A modern take on the classic french manicure. The v-shaped french tip has commonly been seen on a square shaped nail but can also by a very stylish look on an almond cut nail, a coffin nail, or even a stiletto! The look is a subtle, yet cute and quirky addition to your engagement nail look. Try this out in the traditional white or play it up with glitter polish or a bold red!
For those who really want to turn heads with their manicure, get really creative with word art and other shapes and colors! As seen above, the manicure is in the almond style but with the word "love" scrawled carefully into the middle and ring finger. The nail artist has also played with the v-shaped french tip and formed it into a heart! Some nail artists will get even more intricate with their designs and draw smaller pictures onto the nails or add jewels! Turn your nails into an art piece and display your engagement ring proudly!
For the bride to be that loves femininity and wedding tradition, a coat of white, cream, or ivory nail polish over natural manicured nails or acrylic nails will be the perfect accessory to your stunning engagement ring! Without turning these into bejeweled nails, have your manicurist add just a touch of rhinestones to your left and right ring finger to give your nail look just a hint of sparkling quality. For this lady-like princess bride look, try out almond nails or square.
What kind of engagement nails are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
- September 18, 2019
- Kristen Kish