Modern Twists on Neutral Wedding-Day Nails

Nail your big-day mani with these wedding-ready styles, straight from the experts. 

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Essie ombré glitter manicure as seen at the Jenny Packham bridal show.

True Hue

“Opaque pastels are very on trend for brides. Lately, we’ve been expanding the definition of a neutral by adding hints of color like gray and plum. These new takes on the classics are young and fresh but still sophisticated — and they go with everything!” —Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist

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Deborah Lippmann Misty Morning and Like Dreamers Do

Into the Blue

“Incorporate your ‘something blue’ into your mani by adding a hint of blue to your cuticle moons for a modern twist on the French manicure, or just add blue to your ring finger for a more subtle look that will show off your sparkler to perfection.” —Rebecca Jade Wilson, Ciaté nail ambassador

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Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Ferris Wheel

Tickled Pink

“I love a sheer, pink-on-pink version of the traditional French manicure for brides. Start with one coat of Mademoiselle, then add a coat of Ballet Slippers just at the tips à la French mani. Top with a coat of Mademoiselle for a soft-focus finish.” —Michelle Saunders, celebrity manicurist.

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Essie Mademoiselle and Ballet Slippers

Gilt Trip

“Recently brides have been ditching the typical manis of the past for more playful looks. Hints of glitter are a great way to add a sprinkle of fairytale flash into the mix. Try a subtle ombré look by layering gold over the tips of a beige base.” —Dineh Mohajer, co-founder of Smith & Cult

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Smith & Cult Feathers and Flesh & Shattered Souls