Looking for an alternative to the classic nude or light pink for your wedding day nails? One option to consider is nude ombre! The design is simple and sleek, yet it still adds a subtle touch to your beauty look. “An ombre fade using nude shades is not only super neutral and easy to coordinate with your look, [but] it’s also super chic,” says Heather Reynosa, director of OPI Global Education Design.
You can keep it classic with your nude ombre mani, but this design also allows you to incorporate a bit of creativity while remaining neutral. “Nudes come in creams, shimmers, pearls, and even chrome effects to create various color ombre combinations,” according to Reynosa.
Meet the Expert
Heather Reynosa is the director of OPI Global Education Design. She has over 25 years of experience in the professional beauty industry, and previously spent 10 years as an award-winning, in-demand educator for a major nail product manufacturer.
What's more, you can also express a bit of personality through the nail shape you pick for your nude ombre manicure. Feeling a bit edgy? Try out a pointed tip. Looking for something more refined? Consider an almond-shaped nail. “The most important thing to remember about your nails on your big day is that they are yours, and for your enjoyment, so don't be shy to express yourself in a way that makes you feel your most beautiful and confident,” says Reynosa.
From natural hues to eye-catching embellishments, we’ve put together our favorite nude ombre manicures for you to pull inspiration from. Read on for six looks to consider.
Opt for a simple and clean nude ombre nail look, just as this bride did. Keeping nails neutral allows for your ring to really pop, especially in up-close photos of your hands.
Almond-shaped nails are a feminine and sweet nail shape that will never go out of style. Pair the shape with a nude ombre design for a look that fits with every bridal style.
If you’re looking to add an eye-catching detail to your bridal mani, take note from this bride who added a few pearl embellishments to the bottom of her nude ombre nails.
Classic brides, this look is for you! A soft square manicure is one shape that will never go out of style.
For a modern and edgy nail look that isn’t too overpowering, try out ultra-pointy nails for the big day. The shape is nontraditional but still feels bridal when paired with a simple nude ombre nail.
A Touch of Sparkle
Looking to add a bit of sparkle to your bridal mani? This bride used a neutral base color and accented with an ombre sparkle effect.
Can I do ombre nails at home?
Yes! If you are doing your own nails for your wedding day, you can certainly try out an ombre design. For this look, you’ll want to apply a nude base layer to each of your nails and let it dry. Then, take a clean sponge and apply your second color to the sponge in parallel overlapping stripes. Next, gently dab the sponge onto the nails to create the ombre effect. Clean up with a Q-tip and nail polish remover…and voila! That’s all there is to it.
How do I pick the right shade of nude for my skintone?
“The most important thing when choosing a nude is to ensure it perfectly matches or complements your unique skin tone,” says Reynosa. She recommends looking at your wrist to determine what color veins appear right under your skin. If you see blue, cool pinks and silvery work best, but if they look more green, warm nudes and gold hues are the way to go. “OPI has a wide range of nude—such as Samoan Sand, Tiramisu for Two, Bare My Soul, Bubble Bath, Coastal Sand-tuary, and Endless Sun-ner,” Reynosa adds.
How can I keep my manicure intact from the wedding day to the honeymoon?
Reynosa recommends seeing a nail technician for a gel manicure that will use chip-proof polish—specifically an OPI GelColor—to ensure your manicure will last as long as possible. As for DIY manis, Reynosa says to do the manicure the day before and apply a top coat the next day. She adds that, for OPI products, OPI Nail Lacquer Top Coat and OPI Start To Finish are the way to go.