Bridal Beauty: Traditional Bridal Nails

I’m officially on the less than six months to go until the big day countdown… which means I am suddenly realising how many things still need to be sorted. So of course I decide the main focus should be on what nail colour to wear… ok, just kidding (ish) but I did think now would be a good time to look at a few of the beauty elements of planning a wedding, starting with traditional bridal nails; the baby pinks or nude sort of shades that are classic and timeless.

On an ongoing basis I’m going to look to post something wedding related each Wednesday (because then I can call it Wedding Wednesday and I like alliteration) so hopefully that will be something interesting and a little different over the coming months as I get ready for the wedding whilst hopefully turning into the most gorgeous version of myself rather than morphing into Bridezilla.

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First things first, I did a very lame attempt at the French manicure with the Leigton Denny option. Obviously if I went with this for the big day I would do a lot better (I hope…) as I made the mistake of using the brush with the pearly tip colour rather than the much easier to use and neater brush that actually comes with the kit. But you get the idea.

Going from left to right we have: Leighton Denny ‘La Roque Diamond Manicure’ * a sheer pearly pink base (Diamond Rose) with pearly tip colour (Diamond Ice) – this comes in a little kit along with a corrector fluid and little brush to paint the tip with (or use to correct mistakes). Yes, I made a total mess of the tip part – it’s surprisingly harder to do on a nail wheel. But as before, you get the idea – this would be a very traditional subtle pearly twist on the French Manicure look. I used to be a huge fan of the french tip look, at a phase when I had acrylic nails this was all I had – never opting for colour. So I know it would be a timeless option and unlikely to ever date in wedding photos.

Then there’s the pretty sheer baby pink ‘Pink Cloud’ from Bobbi Brown * which is part of the recent ‘Uber Pink’ collection, but I saw it and thought it would be a perfect subtle pink for bridal nails. It’s a very ‘pretty’ pink, and very sheer – it took around three coats to get this level of colour. Which I liked actually, as it meant it really was a subtle ‘perfecting’ sort of polish rather than full on cream colour coverage (like a tinted moisturiser instead of foundation). The shade of this pink is also quite nice as it has a perky brightness to it that is flattering.

Next up is a nude nail option, not necessarily quite as traditional as baby pink nails, but I like the idea of a classic nude. A little more modern perhaps than the pink, but still as classic and timeless and unlikely to date. This nude is the Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in ‘Lychee’ and one of my all time favourite nudes. Nudes is a slightly tough one, as I can only really select based on my own skin tone – but for me, this is a flattering match. It’s warm enough to look natural without washing me out and not too pink or too yellow. Plus I love the finish of the Barry M Gelly polishes.

Then we have a classic Essie shade ‘Ballet Slippers’ a white, with the faintest hint of pink in there. Again, I like this as a bit of a modern version of the baby pink. It is very sheer, so would either need to go with the perfecting finish like the Bobbi Brown, where it’s not a creamy perfect one.  Or layer it up, which is fine but the more layers, the thicker the polish – the bigger the risk of chipping. Not really a worry I want to have on the day. But as far as pale, traditional bridal nails go – I really like this white with a hint of pink version.

Finally, we have one of the new Gel Finish Avon shades * in the shade ‘Sheer Love’ another classic baby pink shade, but in a different shade. Slightly softer and more creamy. This was quite surprisingly watery – more so than I expected for a gel finish – but once applied (2/3 coats) it dries to a lovely finish and a nice creamy, soft pink colour. This is the creamier alternative to the sheer Bobbi Brown colour.

There we have it, my first little ‘Wedding Wednesday’ post, looking at traditional bridal nails options. This isn’t to say I’m going to go down the traditional route, I have some other ideas in mind that I will look at in a future post. Let me know what you think of this, and if there’s any bridal beauty things you would really like to see blogged about!



  1. March 5, 2014 / 12:37 pm

    I think the two pinks are my favourites here but they’re all nice options.
    I’m looking forward to weddingy posts, whatever you cover x

  2. March 5, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    Looking forward to seeing what you choose for the big day!

    Emma | Em & Them

  3. March 5, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    I am planning on going for traditional wedding nails – Essie Ballet Slippers is a contender, as is Leighton Denny Starkers. Just need to test a few more (any excuse haha!) x

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