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Prettiest Nails for an Engagement Ring

Every bride-to-be wants her nails done before showing off her engagement ring! Whether you are suspecting his proposal or you’ve already said YES, freshly polished nails will compliment your gorgeous diamond ring. Here are some examples of nails for an engagement ring to help inspire your manicure!

Trendy Nails for an Engagement Ring

If you’re the type of girl that likes staying on top of trends, you’ve probably seen these designs in current fashion magazines.

Hodgepodge Nails

The nail design trend right now is a look that is unexpected, but still goes together. Long gone are the days where your nails need to match. For a modern look, get a manicure where all of your fingers “kind of” coordinate with a combination of patterns and textures that work well together.

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Pointy Tips

Another trend for nails is the pointed oval shape. This shape looks amazing, even on short nails. This is great if you want to be glamorous but you don’t want a high maintenance manicure with tips that will keep you going back for a fill. Have your natural nails filed to a slightly pointed oval shape.nails engagement ring

Optical Illusions

“Mirror Nails” is the name of another trend in nail design. Iridescent whites and ivories make a perfect choice for engagement ring nails. Hombre nails are beautiful, where graduated tints and shades of the same base color are blended together to create a blurred kind of effect. Again, make sure the base color that you choose will compliment your outfit, and will not overpower your engagement ring.

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Traditional Nails for an Engagement Ring

You might want to take a traditional, timeless approach to your engagement ring nails and go with the classic French tip. This is an absolute winner and it will make your fingers look elegant with any style of engagement ring.

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The French tip is arguably the most formal manicure option. Another benefit is that a French tip manicure using the traditional neutrals colors will effortlessly go with any dress and engagement ring colors.
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You can choose between a buff base polish or go with pink and white color combination. Tips can be filed to a sporty square, rounded or pointed. You can get really creative with the embellishments to make your French tip a little more interesting. Select white and silver accents like mini diamonds for a little extra sparkle.nails engagement ring

Colorful Nails for an Engagement Ring

Remember that the best nail polish colors to compliment an engagement ring are soft and neutral shades. The most popular engagement rings are white diamonds with a platinum or white gold band. Bright, bold polish will fight to overpower your engagement ring. Instead, choose some pale colors or pearl finish for your nails.


If you absolutely must have colorful nails but you don’t want to overpower your engagement ring, take a hint from these photos. You can work color in subtly by adding decorative gemstones or having an accent color lightly brushed on top of a neutral base. You might even go as far as having your technician paint your ring finger a different color while keeping the rest of your nails natural.


The most classic color for engagement ring nails is red. The old Hollywood style of rounded, deep red nails will compliment any engagement ring while making a statement that you are bold and unforgettable.

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Beautify your Nails to showcase your Engagement Ring

Get your nails done with the intention of displaying your engagement ring. Preparing for a proposal dinner, hosting an engagement party, or announcing your engagement are good reasons to spend an afternoon getting pampered at the nail salon.

Beautify your hands and fingers before they receive more attention than ever before!


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  1. I never realized that having your nails done to show off your engagement ring was so important. I’ll have to have my girlfriend get a manicure before I propose someday.

  2. Some of those nails in the photos are a little over the top. I like the simple finishes, i think it shows off the engagement ring more than the flashy nails do.

  3. Nails have to be done to show off an engagement ring? geez, what will be next? engagement dresses and hairstyles to make sure you see the ring. Or a constant spot light always one the ring? lol

  4. Yeah Daniel, these styles of nails are pretty crazy. I don’t think my girlfriend would wear any of these. I don’t think she would mind what her nails looked like if I proposed.

  5. I wonder how many Nail salons offer this as a product. It would be a great marketing campaign, especially from Christmas to Valentine’s Day. “Come have your nails done to show off your engagement ring!”

  6. Once I became engaged I had my nails done ASAP. It it true, I didn’t want my nails to look horrible when I was showing off my new engagement ring.

  7. I never really thought about having my nails done specifically for when I get engaged. I’m not really a nails person. I think I would be too happy to be engaged to care if my nails were done or not.

  8. I love these ideas for nails. When I get engaged I’ll have to try one of these out and see how it looks with my engagement ring.

  9. I always just use a natural finish on my nails. I think the natural finish shows off the ring better than a sparkly or bright finish.

  10. I work in a nail salon and we do a lot of girls nails who just got engaged. They all want their nails to look good when they are showing off their engagement ring.

  11. I don’t even remember if this was a thing years ago when I got engaged. I can’t really remember anyone specifically getting their nails done when they got engaged.

  12. This is really interesting. I wonder what will be next, special outfits to show off the ring? Who would even think of this? definetly a good marketer.

  13. The one thing that is my guilty pleasure is I ALWAYS have my nails done every week. It is like my hobby to have them done, they HAVE to look nice all the time.

  14. Nails done for an engagement? I thought the proposal was supposed to be a surprise?

  15. I really like the nails with the flower on them. My engagement ring isn’t the biggest though. So if i get big nails done I feel like it would take away from my engagement ring.

  16. I think I might just surprise my fiance with a manicure the day I’m going to propose. That way she doesn’t have to worry about it. I know she will have pics all over Instagram of the ring.

  17. Hair and nails. I always have to have them done! and yes my nails have to match my engagement ring!

  18. I wonder on what the percentage of girls who have their nails done for their ring actually is? It would be interesting to see the actual numbers.

  19. I really don’t care about my nails. I’m not into showing off my rings either.

  20. This reminds me. I need to get my nails done lol.

  21. These are some pretty crazy nails in the photos. I don’t think I would ever have mine done like that.

  22. When I worked in a nail salon we would have girls coming in all the time who just got engaged and wanted to show off their engagement ring.

  23. My girlfriend loves getting her nails done. I wonder if she would have them done especially for the engagement.

  24. ohh this reminds me I need to get my nail appointment scheduled. maybe if I have my nails done my Fiance will propose 🙂

  25. I love my nails natural. I don’t think I would have them done especially for an engagement.

  26. Gorgeous nails. I love pinkys nails.

  27. I definitely need to get my nails done when I get engaged.

  28. Very interesting. I wonder if this is a fad or a steady trend.

  29. What a great idea! it would be so cute to have nails that matched an engagement ring!

  30. My wife loves showing off her rings, she’s always having her nails done. As long as she’s happy it doesn’t matter to me.

  31. I talked to my girlfriend and she said this is a real thing lol.

  32. Still think this is a little crazy. I can see having normal nails to show off your ring. but these take away from it.

  33. I still think this is kind of weird. If your nails weren’t done at all wouldn’t that show of your ring the most?

  34. I asked my girlfriend and she would have he nails when we get engaged but not one of these crazy styles

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