If there's one must-have accessory all bridesmaids need, it's freshly polished nails. A glossy manicure is the perfect finishing touch to add to any bridesmaid dress, but with so many polish colors available, choosing the best shade for your bridal party can be overwhelming. Do you match those blush bridesmaid dresses with equally pretty-in-pink nails? What about black bridesmaid dresses? Does a neutral dress color mean you can choose any shade of polish?
To help you choose the perfect nail polish to match your bridal party's dresses, we reached out to Candice Idehen, owner of Bed of Nails salon. She's here to break down which mani hues pair best with some of the most popular bridesmaid dress colors.
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Keep reading for expert tips on choosing the best bridesmaid dress and nail color combination for your bridal party.
Coral Bridesmaid Dresses
If your bridal party is looking cool in coral, Idehen recommends pairing the fun and flattering hue with a neutral shade like Essie's Perennial Chic, a nude with peachy undertones. "The color is very interesting, so I wouldn't want to overload the look," she says. "Complement it with a clean, always-beautiful color."
Utilize coral's vibrancy to add a pop of color to bouquets, dining tables, and—yes— bridesmaid dresses.
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Blush Bridesmaid Dresses
Wear a matching pale pink polish with this perennial favorite shade. Have your bridesmaids pair their pretty-in-pink look with a similarly soft blush nail shade, like Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Mayfair Lane.
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Yellow Bridesmaid Dresses
For this bright spring shade, Idehen recommends a surprising nail polish color. "White would be my pick," she explains. "It complements yellow. They melt together nicely, and it's super chic." She recommends Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Amazing Grace, an opaque white polish that leaves plenty of opportunities for minimal nail art.
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Navy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses
For a bold dress, Idehen suggests an even bolder hue. "I love a good chrome against a navy dress. I think it pops but still reads as elegant and sexy as well as sophisticated and trendy." Her pick is Deborah Lippmann's aptly named Wow.
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Red Bridesmaid Dresses
Outfitting your bridesmaids in shades of red? Burgundy is the way to go. "To offset the red, I would go with a nice burgundy because it leaves room for makeup to have color as well as accessories," Idehen says. "The burgundy has just enough color to get noticed but won't overpower since red is such an intense color." Consider Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour in Miziggoo, a rich shade that's flattering on all skin tones and nail lengths.
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White Bridesmaid Dresses
Good news! Nearly any nail color pairs well with a white, and nothing says "wedding" like a clean white polish. Suggest your 'maids match their white dresses with the opalescent Zoya Nail Lacquer in Genesis.
Ask your bridesmaids to keep their nail color neutral to avoid drawing too much attention from the rest of the bridal party's looks—including your own!
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