When prepping to snap an irresistibly like-able engagement ring selfie, painting your digits with Essie's "Ballet Slippers" isn't your only option. In fact, you might want to use all the options. For a manicure that really stands out on your feed, doubling-up on nail polishes is the way to go.
Simple, two-toned talons are contemporary, cool, and effortlessly chic. Contrasting colors give French tips or half-moons a modern boost. Looking for something with added oomph? Consider a bold geometric pattern, negative space, or an ombré design.
Because two shades are better than one, we’ve rounded up polish power couples—from the soft and subtle to the sexy and daring—that totally nail it (and guarantee a glorious ring selfie). Scroll through these dynamic duos and get inspired for your next salon visit.
Dark Green & Gold
For an ultra-posh polish job, try this stepped-up version of a half-moon manicure with opulent dark green and gold.
Slate & Powder Blue
A wintry rendition of a “something blue” manicure, this color combo is the epitome of cool.
Get the look: "Barb" Crème Polish, $14, Julep; "Jessica" Crème Polish, $14, Julep
Mahogany & Red
We’ve got your date-night digits on lock with this sultry duo of plush mahogany and fiery red.
Get the look: "Shearling Darling" Nail Polish; "Really Red" Nail Polish, $9, Essie available on Amazon
Cerulean & Sky
Say I do to this tonal take on the color-blocking trend that’s equal parts arctic and awesome.
Get the look: "Pool Side Service" Nail Polish, $9, Essie available on Amazon; "Blue La La" Nail Polish, $9, Essie available at Ulta
Black & White
You can’t go wrong with timeless black and white. Modernize it with negative space details that lend a contemporary pop-art vibe.
Peach & Sienna
We can’t resist the understated elegance of a peachy warm-nude and sumptuous sienna.
Navy & White
Perfect for minimally-minded brides, this swoon-worthy set marries contrasting colors and alternating half-moons.
Emerald & Nude
Punch up French tips by trading white for emerald green—but keep the barely-there beige. After all, it’s a classic for a reason.
Ocean Blue & Black
This modern manicure pairs shimmering, ocean blue with a deep, plum-based black. The effect is totally eye-catching.
Get the look: "Coat Azure" Nail Polish, $9, Essie available on Amazon; "Devil's Advocate" Nail Polish
Plum & Gold
Go glam with this lustrous gold to rich plum gradient.