Classic Neutral Nails (With a Modern Twist!)

Neutral manicures have been all the rage this past season, and will continue to be so into the end of the year. Gone are the punchy corals and fire-engine reds of summertime; now that fall is right around the corner, it’s time to revamp your manicure with chic, barely-there shades of polish. Nude manis are a classic fit for everyone—from the most glamorous to the most minimalist bride—a neutral tint on your nails is guaranteed to look beautiful on your big day. Here are some of our polish picks for a neutral wedding day look, plus a few nail art ideas, to help put a new spin on an old classic.

essie-urban-jungle-nail-polishEssie Summer 2014: Urban Jungle

Released this past summer, Essie's Urban Jungle just screams wedding, don’t you think? It’s a perfect off-white shade to complement any gown. Described on the company’s website as an “alabaster orchid,” we can’t think of any other color more romantic for your wedding day.

heaven-china-glaze-neutral-nail-polishChina Glaze: Heaven

A peachy nude hue, our China Glaze wedding pick is less about tradition, and more about a twist on the usual neutral manicure. It's not as light as Essie's neutral, but not as taupe as OPI's — overall, it's a great transitional color for a summer-to-fall wedding.

OPI-neutral-nail-polish-Did-You'ear-About-Van-GoghOPI: Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh?

OPI’s neutral is the easily the most classic on this list. This polish is also a GelColor by OPI, so your manicure is sure to last from your ceremony, to dancing your heart out at your reception, and even into your honeymoon!

Neutral Nail Art Ideas


Metallic Tips: Gold goes with everything, but especially well with neutral nails. For a modern twist on a French manicure, go for the gold! Essie has posted a wonderful tutorial to get classic, chic gold-tipped nails on their website. Get the full tutorial here.

glitter accent nail

Glitter Accent Nail: The hot trend for summer 2014 nails was the accent nail—pastels mixed with brights, ombré nails and monochromatic light and dark. For your wedding day, a nude manicure with an accent glitter nail on one finger per hand, such as this Insta-mani by mellohknee, is sophisticated without being ostentatious. What girl doesn’t want a little extra glamour on her wedding day?

By Meghan Kennedy


Meghan is a recent graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Personal and Professional Communication. You can find her at the nearest Chipotle tweeting about Drake, her sorority little and Project Runway.


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