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Over two years after Meghan Markle solidified her status as an iconic royal bride we're still pining over details from the day. This time it's all about the Duchess's wedding day manicure, which happened to be more affordable than we thought.
Turns out, previous reports on Markle's bridal manicure got it wrong. Instead of wearing the Queen's rumored favorite shade, Ballet Slippers by Essie, the royal bride actually mixed together two nude polishes from CND Shellac—creating a custom color fit for a princess. And according to British Vogue, Markle headed to DryBar London for the look.
For her fingernails, the Duchess opted for one coat of Unmasked (a stone-toned nude) followed by two coats of Negligee (a semi-sheer pink). She did, however, stick to one color on her toes: Cashmere Wrap.
But perhaps what might be prettier than the manicure itself is the price tag on the polish. The shades retail at about $16—proof that perfect bridal nails don't need to cost a fortune. However, the Shellac formula can only be used by salon professionals—yet, the exact shades come in CND's Vinylus line, a classic polish formula made for at-home nails! The gentle colors also matched her barely-there makeup look from the day.
Unlike her sister-in-law Kate Middleton (who did her 2011 wedding day makeup herself!), the Duchess hired makeup artist Daniel Martin for the big day. Following the May 19, 2018 nuptials, Martin revealed that the royal bride found her beauty inspiration on Pinterest. Maybe that's where she found her mani inspo, too!
Ready to rock a manicure like Markle? Shop her exact wedding day shades and even less expensive alternatives below!
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Créme De La Créme
Sally Hansen's Créme De La Créme has more in common with Markle's nails than just the color—it's a gel polish! The at-home gel formula is supposed to last longer than regular lacquer so you don't have to worry about chipped nails in any of your #BridesRingSelfies.