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And while wedding hair and makeup styles definitely tickle our fancy, bridal nail looks are usually what gets us motivated the most. We’re breaking down this season’s hottest nail trends that you’ll love — even if it’s not your big day.
Unlike runway and high-fashion nails, wedding nail styles usually stay on traditional and classic side. But unlike the in-salon treatments of the past, brides are now seeking more natural alternatives to chemical-laced salon treatments such as acrylics, silk wraps and extensions.
“The biggest trend is toward healthier nails,” says Lauren Berkovitz creator and owner of Lauren B. Beauty. “Women are becoming increasingly aware of the toxins lurking in conventional nail products — they want the look of an expert manicure and pedicure without the health risks.”
Aside from seeing a lot less toxic polishes on the market, polish colors are trending towards sheer and nude, as the idea is to keep nails as close to their natural state as possible. But despite their prim and polished appearance, nail looks like these are not as high maintenance, and can usually be achieved in a matter of minutes.
But while nudes and pink tones usually make their way down the aisle, bolder and daring nail colors (think metallics and brighter tangerines) are another trend brides can’t seem to get enough of.
“If you’re not afraid of a little experimentation, you can certainly get away with a vibrant tangerine polish or the brightest, glossiest pink,” adds Berkovitz. “Alternately, in fall and winter, cold-weather hues like classic red or deep berry look perfectly lush and appropriate for brides — and they’re easy to pull off.”
Adding a touch of sparkle to your nails is yet another exciting look for brides can try. But before you go full-on glitter, Lauren Berkovitz recommends sticking with touches of metallics, as they help give nails that necessary pop.
“When it comes to color trends, metallic shades still rule,” Berkovitz says. “For brides, touches of silver, gold or rose gold look fresh and ethereal. A combination of gold and beige is popular for weddings and feels very of-the-moment.”
But whatever color or finish you decide to try, it’s always important to match your color to your skin tone. Doing so, can prevent your overall look from looking harsh and awkward.
“Whatever shade you choose, make sure it flatters the undertone in your skin,” she says. “If your skin has more of a blue undertone, look for complementary, cooler hues. If you have a warmer skin tone, look for polishes with a creamy, yellow base.”