Wedding season is supposedly during the summer, but just when you thought that gag-worthy shit was over comes fall—another time that’s considered wedding season. Before the wedding planning, there’s a ton of crying over the new engagement ring you can’t stop obnoxiously showing off to everyone who has the misfortune of coming within a three-foot radius of you. We get it. You have bling worth more than my life savings, and you finally found someone who still wants to be with you even after they’ve seen what you look like six tequila shots deep. Amazing. But, as you can tell from your Pinterest boards, showing off your engagement ring is just as important as like, the marriage license itself. You need the right caption (for the love of God and all that is holy, do not write, “He put a ring on it!!”), the right lighting, and of course, the perfect mani to go with it. Need help getting triple-digit likes? You’ve come to the right person, obvs. Here are the best nail polish colors you need to enhance that rock of yours, so all your followers die of jealousy.
If Your Ring Is Rose Gold, You Need…
It’s in the pink family, so without getting matchy-matchy, opt for the perfect crimson red to really bring out the pink accents of your rose gold ring, you basic bride-to-be, you. With just the right amount of shine, it’ll even reflect off of the diamond, giving your nails a slight pink hue in your next Insta.
OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Red My Fortune Cookie
To state the obvious, rose gold is honestly just a pink-ish take on the classic gold shade. It still has a slightly dark gold tone, so if you really want to make that rock shine, go with a champagne color. This one is a golden-beige with a fab pearlescent undertone, so it’ll really bring out the ~rose~ in rose gold and make your ring look so much shinier.
If Your Ring Is Gold, You Need…
Gold is def on the yellow-y side more often than not, so even if your setting isn’t yellow gold, it still can range from a dark yellow shade to even a burnt orange. It’s a warm band, so you’ll want a warm color to enhance and contrast the gold, like a shimmery peach. It’s a super faint orange and pink color, so it’s def going to pick up on the gold shine and glistening bling.
Luckily for you, gold is the most neutral metal ever. You can get really crazy with your nail polish color, but since the attention is on your most prized possession, you don’t want anything overwhelming, obviously. A mellow taupe/nude looks fab with a gold ring, because it gives your hand a dark contrast, while making your ring look a million times brighter.
Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Fashion
If Your Ring Is Silver, You Need…
Blue is apparently the most attractive color to the human eye, so there’s like, 100 likes right there. With your cool-toned, silver band, pair it with a calming, pale baby blue for the maximum shine and attention.
White and silver go together like black and white. I usually stray from a white manicure, unless it’s June-August, but for an engagement ring nail-fie, I’ll make an exception. White is head-turning and bright on its own, but it gives your silver ring its own background to make a statement with.
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty La Laque Couture Nail Polish
If Your Ring Is Platinum/White Gold, You Need…
If you can’t tell the difference between this and a silver, it’s fine. Me neither, but apparently it’s a thing, and some of you have it. It looks like a shinier and “whiter” version of a silver, so your diamond is probs hella shiny, too. Cool down all of the bling with a contrasting metallic gray. The subtle shine will enhance your ring to make it look elegant and way bigger (!!). You didn’t say it, but you were thinking it.
Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Bang the Dream
As if you couldn’t notice, I’m trying really hard to stay away from saying, “just choose black,” because like, this isn’t just your regular everyday manicure. You just found the man you’re going to have sex with everyday for the rest of your life—you need to change at least one thing up. Since platinum and white gold bands are obviously lighter in color, going darker really works in your favor. For the next best thing after black, go with a sultry violet or deep purple. It’s classy, formal, and convenient for transitioning into the next season.
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Glaze Nail Lacquer in Purple Glaze