Bridal Beauty: 6 Sweet & Simple Nail Trends

When it comes to wedding worthy manicures, I prefer looks that are clean and simple, with a playful twist. Here are my 6 favorite simple and sweet manicures for spring and summer brides:

Bridal Beauty: 6 Sweet & Simple Nail Trends
Whimsical: For a simple spin on your standard French manicure, try swapping out the white for your favorite glittery accent color. To get the above look, I glossed on two coats of Face Stockholm nail polish in Au Natural (which happens to be one of my absolute favorite nude polishes). Then I carefully traced the tip of my nail with Butter London’s glittery polish called West Ender Wonderland (another favorite). To seal the deal, I finished it off with a coat of Deborah Lippmann topcoat, On A Clear Day.
Bridal Beauty: 6 Sweet & Simple Nail Trends
Simple: If you prefer the simpler things in life, I suggest swiping on a translucent shimmery shade such as Essie’s Silver Bullions for a barely-there sparkle. In the photo above, I used a basecoat followed by one coat of polish and a topcoat. This see-through shimmer is like a new take on neutral nails, but with an unexpected dash of surprise—glitter!
Bridal Beauty: 6 Sweet & Simple Nail Trends
Classic: When I think of a timeless bridal manicure, soft shades of blush pinks come to mind (as well as classic French manicures—that’s a given). My favorite muted pinks include Essie’s Topless & Barefoot, Scotch Naturals in Neat, as well as OPI Sweetheart. For the above photo I gave this classic manicure a modern spin by finishing it off with a matte topcoat.
Bridal Beauty: 6 Sweet & Simple Nail Trends
Glam: Aside from nail art, these past two years have been all about the “accent nail.” I love this look when paired with a sparkly ring. It adds a lovely dose of understated glam that’s not completely over the top. For the above look, I used Essie’s Fiji and some craft-grade glitter. To get the super-sparkly accent nail, I applied a thick basecoat, and sprinkled the glitter over top while the base was still wet. Once it was completely dry, I finished it off when a strong topcoat. Voila! Instant glitz in 5-minutes or less.
Bridal Beauty: 6 Sweet & Simple Nail Trends
Neutral: Sometimes the last thing you want to outshine your new sparkler on your big day is a shimmery manicure. For the above look I used Chanel’s Limited Edition Emprise (it’s an insanely perfect nude nail polish). I have a special place in my heart for this shade because I have very small, stubby fingers and the neutral hue on my nails creates the illusion of elongated hands (the perfect solution for a short n’ stubs like me).
Bridal Beauty: 6 Sweet & Simple Nail Trends
Bohemian: If you’re into the boho-chic look, then this is the manicure for you. It’s really easy to do, too! Simply follow the steps listed for the “Whimsical” manicure listed earlier in this post and then go back with your glitter polish brush and lightly drag the product upward, moving away from the tip of your nail toward the cuticle, lifting as you go. Be sure to use a light hand when doing this. However, thankfully if you mess up glitter polish is pretty forgiving—just use a cotton swab dipped in acetone for damage control.

Which manicure is your favorite?

Until next time…

Xx Alex
Team LC

Categories: Alex Gariano, Nails, Wedding
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  • Talnisha

    LOVE the Whimsical and Bohemian manicures!

  • Sarah

    These are fabulous. I like to have a little something extra but still like to keep it simple and classy.

  • JD

    i’ve tried all of them…like to change it up every week!

  • Selina Beyer

    Just lovin’ these looks :)

  • Zo Zo

    I am loving the bohemian manicure…would go well with a beach wedding :)

  • Chelsea Casher

    Loving the glam mani! I also love OPI Heart Throb for that perfect light pink; definitely doing this mani when I get home from work tonight!

  • Sunshine Girl

    I like the glam manicure, it’s pretty. And the Bohemian one is pretty and a French manicure always looks chic and beautiful. But, I’ve gotta say, I like the neutral and the simple, also. It depends on what I’m wearing and how I want to express myself that day! ;)

  • Priscila Luna 93

    I love the glam :D

  • Helen

    I ussually do the Glam one. I’m gonna try the Bohemian now.

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  • Frenchie-Lili

    For me, the whimsical and the bohemian look like the girl had dug dirt with her bare hands… :s I would definitely not chose those ones. I think it depends on the dress. If the dress has lot of details, sparkles, etc, I would go on something simple and more neutral. But if the dress has touches of colour (depends on how much colour) or if it is a really simple dress, I would go on something that would pop up the whole look. In the doubt, I think a classic red is perfect. Can we really go wrong with a classic red ? I do not think so.
    Sorry of there are mistakes in my english, it is not my mother language.

  • alicia

    hermosas!!!! :)

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  • Nyasu

    Dear Lauren, could you please provide us with bridal make-up and hair inspirations! :)

  • Angelia

    I so so so Love the Neutral!!!! It’s so Awesome!!!

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