The right nail color can take your wedding-day look to glamorous new heights.
And though you may want to save the bevy of funky new nail art styles for your bachelorette party, adding pizzazz to a classic—the ever-elegant French manicure—offers the perfect compromise. It is always on-trend, has as much versatility as it has class, and guess what? Switching up the colors or materials (think appliqués and glitters), can make it feel brand new and oh-so you. Whether you want to add a little sparkle or a bold splash of color, our favorite new takes on the French mani are flattering, fun, and provide the perfect complement your engagement ring.
Not into nail art? The original French manicure is back in a big way, too. To make it feel more modern (and to avoid copping Snooki’s look), opt for a short, rounded tip, use a very light pink or sheer nude as your base, and add just a sliver of white using a product like the Sally Hansen French Manicure Pen Kit ($13).
This lace-tipped look (shown above) is the perfect partner for a gorgeous white wedding dress. To get this subtly sexy style, start with a coat of milky pink, then trim a slice of a lacy appliqué for the tip using curved scissors, says nail guru Deborah Lippmann.
The secret to nailing this look, which is perfect for a touch of evening shimmer? A nude lacquer with a matte finish and a very thin tip.
Complete Salon Manicure in Wedding Glitters, $7.99, Sally Hansen
This is oh-so bridal and super easy! Plus, you can even go navy—even cobalt. But the pale-sky accent seen here is soft and vintage pretty.
These poppy hues make for a major impact. Want your pedicure to match your mani? Use just the base hue on your toes.
A reverse riff in French, this sweet and eye-catching look draws the eye to the base of the nail. “It’s very fairy-tale princess,” says Lippmann.