The question, “What nail design should I get to match my engagement ring?” was casually overheard this morning over our brekkie. While definitely a legit concern, we politely continued to eavesdrop as we were equally intrigued. The most common answer? Go minimalistic.
Simple. Subtle. Pared-back. We get it, it makes sense. Colour us inspired, we turned to nail trends that embraced the less-is-more aesthetic. With a bare base nail and minimalistic details (duh), they even become the perfect sophisticated accessory without upstaging your engagement ring.
Leaving room for interpretation, these minimalistic nail art toes the sweet spot between delicate accents and totally chic. BRB, we need to book our next nail appointment.
Known as a reverse French manicure (because it looks like an upside-down French tip), these pearl accents blended into an otherwise bare nail is low-key chic. We’re so into it.
BARELY THERE STUDS
For a much more muted take, add a teeny-tiny stud decal to your uncluttered cuticle curve to keep in with the minimalistic vibe. Bonus: It works well for shorter nails.
Gold glitter, mini stars and constellation patterns go together like a cosy, cream-coloured sweater and your favourite pair of jeans.
If you’re looking to go extra minimalistic in celebration of your new relationship status — in true nail art style — try a half-moon manicure with a neutral hue painted around the crescent-shaped area at the bed of your fingernails.
DOWN THE MIDDLE
The only thing we love more than this polished nail is the skinny stripe of sparkly gold running vertically down the cuticles. Small and precise details make all the difference.
Where two coats of stark white nail polish might be too flashy for your aesthetic, a nude fade into ombré delivers a super-soft tonal transition.
Written by Sinead Lee.