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Engagement Ring Nails Ten Manicure Ideas

Here’s a strange set of coincidences. Your best friend just reached out and asked if you wanted to get a manicure this weekend. It’s kind of odd timing because your boyfriend booked the two of you a gondola ride past the park where you shared your first kiss for that same day. On top of all that, your sister laughingly suggested you try on her wedding band, just to see whose fingers are bigger. Weird, right? It’s almost as if there’s a proposal on the way. So you definitely want that manicure. Here are some ideas.

A Neutral Setting

Maybe you have no idea what the ring looks like. Maybe you aren’t even sure if a proposal is just around the bend; you don’t want a repeat of the aquarium incident in which you started to get choked up when he reached down to tie his shoe. You still don’t have that perfect match on hand for reference, so to speak. So go with the simple, classic approach — maybe a nude shade of understated pink that won’t clash with anything.

A Bold Statement

Or maybe you know exactly what’s coming. Maybe you spent weeks painstakingly combing through unique princess cut engagement rings until you found the right one. And now your partner has been openly telegraphing the proposal with ring puns and pocket patting. Two can play at that game. If you’d like to show up to the rendezvous with “Yes” literally written on your nails, go for it. If you want to hedge your bets a little bit, you could get something a little more subtle like a small heart shape at the base of the nail.

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A Favorite Standby

This is probably the most attention that is ever going to get paid to your nails. So when you are setting up for a barrage of engagement ring selfies, pick what you know works best for you. Or the color that brings you the most joy. There are going to be framed close-ups of your hands on the wall for years to come, so you are worried about buying into a nail fad that quickly looks dated. So choose what has always done right by you. If you aren’t sure what that is, play it safe with this handy guide.

A Metallic Match

Maybe you’ve got a photo of the ring you picked out. You have it pulled up on your phone, which happens to be the rose gold model. Scour the salon for the metallic sheen that is an exact match. If there is going to be a split band, the manicure can mimic that as well.

A Rock Solid Foundation

The band isn’t the only part of the ring that you can match with a manicure. If you know you’re getting a halo style engagement ring, consider a halo treatment. Sync up with the setting. If you have a colorful centerstone, draw on a complementary palette for the manicure. 

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The ‘One and Only’ engagement ring in gold

The ‘One and Only’ engagement ring in gold

A Thematic Tribute

If the spot of the proposal was picked because it is significant in your shared story, your manicure can do the same. If that first kiss happened when the flowers were blooming, pick a floral theme. If you met on a boat or you know he’s going to pop the question on the beach, set sail with a nautical theme.

A Wedding Color Teaser

Speaking of personalized themes, you’ve been sitting on the perfect wedding hashtag for a while now. And you’ve always known what you want your wedding colors to be. Now things are official. Go ahead and get a jump start and coordinate away! 

A French Connection

They say French is the language of love. So indulge in a French manicure. If you are feeling especially indulgent, consider a double French manicure.

A Durable Dip

If you aren’t sure exactly when the proposal is going to be, something durable might be the right strategy. That way your “Yes” isn’t a “Y” by the time it happens. It doesn’t have to last as long as the ring itself, but consider a dip powder for nails that won’t chip before the question pops.

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A Special Touch

The rest of your fingers are already going to be jealous of the ring finger, so go all in on decking it out for the happy day. Besides, you’re both likely to be a bit flustered in the moment of the proposal, so what’s the harm in providing an extra guidepost in terms of where the ring is supposed to go? 

And if you truly were surprised by the proposal and haven’t had a chance to get those nails done, don’t worry! Nothing pampers a hand like an engagement ring!

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