Perfect Polish Pairings for a Manicure That's Twice As Nice

Now trending: Two-tone tips

Updated 08/14/19

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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 mani 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 some 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 mani with opulent dark green and gold.

Get the look: "Stylenomics" Nail Polish, $8.50, Essie available on Amazon; "Good As Gold" Nail Polish, $8.50, Essie available on Amazon

Slate & Powder Blue

A wintery rendition of a “something blue” mani, 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.

Get the look: "Black Onyx" Nail Lacquer, $12.50, OPI available on Amazon; "Alpine Snow" Nail Lacquer, $10.50, OPI available on Amazon

Peach & Sienna

We can’t resist the understated elegance of a peachy warm-nude and sumptuous sienna.

Get the look: "Skinny Dip" Nail Polish, $9, Essie available on Amazon; "Clothing Optional" Nail Polish, $9, Essie available on Amazon

Navy & White

Perfect for minimally-minded brides, this swoon-worthy set marries contrasting colors and alternating half moons.

Get the look: "Good As Blue" Color Therapy Nail Polish, $7.99, Sally Hansen available at Ulta; "Well, Well, Well" Color Therapy Nail Polish, $7.99, Sally Hansen available at Ulta

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.

Get the look: "Going Incognito" Nail Polish, $8.50, Essie available at Beauty Plus Salon; "Topless and Barefoot" Nail Polish, $9, Essie available on Amazon

Ocean Blue & Black

This modern mani 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.

Get the look: "Sole Mate" Nail Polish, $9, Essie available on Amazon; "Good As Gold" Nail Polish, $8.50, Essie available on Amazon

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