Whether you’re slipping on your new wedding band or signing your marriage license, your nails will be involved in a lot of important action on your big day. While the polish you choose for your wedding might seem like a small detail, your nails have the power to make a big impression on your guests. In fact, how you’ve manicured your nails plays a large role in helping you express your bridal style, and a neutral French manicure is one of the most classic and versatile choices that will complement any wedding look. “A neutral French manicure is a sheer, milky base with an off-white tip,” nail artist Mabelyn Alva explains. “This manicure is supposed to emulate the natural nail.” Whether you head to the salon or opt for DIY nails, the artist says you can achieve this look by painting on one or two coats of the base polish before using a striper brush to outline the curve of your natural tip with an off-white hue. Then, seal the design with a clear topcoat.
If you consider yourself to be a traditional bride, this elegant option is a natural fit. With its minimalist appearance, this type of manicure is also perfect for modern brides wearing sleek slip dresses. Or, if you’re a glamorous bride donning a gown doused in sparkles, a neutral French manicure will let your attire shine. You can also get creative with your polished nails by embracing fun accents, such as beaded embellishments, floral-inspired strokes, or even a pop of color. “Wedding nails can be as traditional or over-the-top as a bride wishes them to be,” Alva notes. “It’s the perfect way to show her creative personality if she’s an artsy bride or classic and neutral if she’s doing something more unconventional with her dress.” The shape of your nails, whether it’s an almond, round, or square style, will likewise help communicate your style and personality.
If you’re curious about this classic option, here are 15 neutral French manicure ideas that will complete any wedding look.