Bridal Beauty Inspo: 5 Wedding-Day Nail Polish Ideas from New York Fashion Week

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We’re swooning over this look from Naeem Khan. All photos courtesy of Essie.

Like many a fashion girl, I love clicking through billions upon billions of gorgeous fall looks during New York Fashion Week—but I also really enjoy the little insider beauty tips that come out of each event. From hair tutorials to the latest gloss I can add to my already hoarder-like collection, it’s always fun to gather a little extra something from each runway show.

And so you can imagine how obsessed I was with the little how-to’s that Essie put together after each show for which the well-loved polish brand gussied up the models’s fingertips. I scrolled through each one, taking mental notes about the colors I’d want to scoop up at Beans on the way home—and then it dawned on me: Several of these—the blush, the nude, the shimmery whites and subtle glitters—would make really cool wedding-day looks for brides.

And so here, I’ve rounded up five looks created by Essie for designer runways at NYFW: The colors used, the layering technique, and shots of the final product. Would you use any of these on your Big Day?

Naeem Khan:

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Colors: Ridge Filling base coat; Topless & Barefoot; Limo-Scene; Set in Stones; Gel Setter top coat

How to:

  • Apply Ridge Filling base coat to clean, filed nails
  • Apply one thin coat of Topless & Barefoot
  • Apply one coat of Limo-Scene
  • Carefully dot Set in Stones on the nail near the cuticle, working the glitter towards the free edge to create the gradient effect
  • Finish with Gel Setter top coat

Alexander Wang:

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Colors: First Base base coat; Cocktails & Coconuts; Matte About You

How to:

  • Apply First Base to clean, filed nails
  • Apply one even coat of Cocktails & Coconuts
  • Finish with two coats of Matte About You

Altuzarra:

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Colors: First Base base coat; Like Linen, Au Natural; Gel Setter top coat

How to:

  • Apply First Base to clean, filed nails
  • Apply one coat of Like Linen, avoiding the nail’s half moon shape at cuticle
  • Apply one coat of Au Natural over entire nail
  • Finish with Gel Setter top coat

Delpozo:

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Colors: Ridge Filling base coat; Sparkle on Top; Good to Go top coat

How to:

  • Apply Ridge Filling base coat to clean filed nails
  • Apply two coats of Sparkle on Top
  • Finish with Good to Go top coat

DKNY:

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Colors: First Base base coat; Au Natural; All Eyes on Nude; Gel Setter top coat

How to:

  • Apply First Base base coat to clean, filed nails
  • Apply one coat of Au Natural
  • Apply one coat of All Eyes on Nude
  • Finish with Gel Setter top coat

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