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Brides To Be: Match Your Mani To Your Bling



“I would choose a classic nail shape such as oval to balance out the simple look of this ring,” says Bowhill-Hayes.


Brides To Be: Match Your Mani To Your Bling

Emerald cut

“To offset the square shape, I would pick a round or pointed nail look.”

Pear shape

“A squoval – square shape with rounded edges – would look great with this ring.”

Princess cut

“Round or even pointed would bring out the style of this ring the best.”

Marquise shape

“Squared off nails would make this ring pop even more.”

Oval shape

“Square or squoval would work with this sort of style – it accentuates the diamond and flatters any hand shape.”

Brides To Be: Match Your Mani To Your Bling

Alison’s tips and tricks

  • If you’re wearing an ivory dress, choose a nude polish with creamy undertones. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pink Slip, $14.95
  • Polishes with a white shimmer can work, but only if your nails are in amazing shape and condition. Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Great White, $9.95
  • If you’re wearing stark white, go for a nude-white or shell pink tones. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Crème de la Creme, $16.95
  • If it’s a cream coloured dress you’re wearing, choose something with beige or peach tones. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Peachy Keen, $14.95

Brides To Be: Match Your Mani To Your Bling

My tips and tricks

  • Strengthen nails in the lead up to your special day with a daily keratin treatment. Simply apply straight onto bare nails and massage it in. CND RescueRxx, $34.95
  • Did you know that there are masks for your hands too? These gloves are loaded with hydrating ingredients such as shea butter and vitamin e to treat rough hands. Skin Republic Hand Repair, $7.99
  • If you’re doing your nails at home, you should finish the job with some quick-dry drops that will lock the colour in quickly. Essie Quick E Drying Drops, $19.95
  • Keep a nourishing hand cream close by to prevent cuticles from chapping. Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream in Persian Rose & Argan Extract, $27.95

What’s your best manicure tip or trick? Tell us in the comments below. 

Written by Iantha Yu

Iantha Yu is a journalist that specializes in writing and styling beauty, health and lifestyle content. She joins The Carousel as Beauty Editor after previously working at SHOP Til You Drop and Women’s Health magazine, and prior to that, edited her own beauty website.

She firmly believes that good skincare, a bright lippie, or good quality false eyelashes can change your life (or at least your mood for the day).

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