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Your perfect bridal beauty look isn't complete without the finishing touches, namely, your fragrance and nail polish. Because we know cosmetic buys are expensive (the average bride-to-be spends $1,851 on beauty during their engagement), you want to know that the products you're paying big for really work. Since 61% of brides plan to wear their big-day scent for the rest of their lives and 64% of you got a mani right after getting engaged, we know you care about these details just as much as we do. Here, our favorite options for your wedding day scent and that ever important nail color.
1. Fresh: My Burberry Eau de Toilette, $78 for 1.6 ounces
The combo of sweet pea, lemon flower, and white moss smells clean — and heavenly. "Perfect for a bride at her garden wedding," says one tester.
2. Sweet: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, $90 for 1.6 ounces
Notes of coffee and vanilla add sweetness; patchouli and cedarwood keep it grown-up. "It's sexy enough for a bachelorette party but soft enough for a shower," says one tester.
3. Beachy: Maison Martin Margiela Replica Beach Walk, $125 for 3.4 ounces
Proving not all sea-inspired scents have to smell like a piña colada, "this concoction of ylang ylang, coconut milk, and musk creates an airy evocation of a day spent in the sun, sea, and sand," says our tester, an English major.
4. Romantic: Chloé Eau de Parfum, $105 for 1.7 ounces
"It's pretty and feminine, not overpowering," says one editor. No surprise then that this blend of peony, rose, magnolia, and amber is a three-time (!) Brides Beauty Award winner.
5. Floral: Bottega Veneta Knot Eau Florale, $125 for 1.7 ounces
Imagine a bouquet of roses and peonies dotted with lavender and mandarin that smells whisper light. "This has 'big day' written all over it," says one fan.
For that essential big-day manicure (and all the others along the way), our favorite lines are OPI Nail Lacquer, Essie Nail Polish, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. In our tests, all three scored tops for durability (a solid week without chips!), shine, and color options. Three shades we love right now: OPI's Put It In Neutral, $10; Essie's Between the Seats, $8.50; and Sally Hansen's In Full Blue-M, $7.99.