8 Stunning Engagement Manicures to Show Off Your Ring

August 08, 2023
Jordan Julian
By: Jordan Julian | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Hand with a diamond engagement ring and nails painted with light pink neutral nail polish

Whether you know for a fact that you’re getting engaged or you just have a sneaking suspicion your partner is getting ready to pop the question, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared — and that means scheduling an appointment at the nail salon. While your nails may not be top of mind when you’re on the brink of such an exciting life change, you may find yourself wanting the perfect mani to complement your ring. That’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up eight stunning engagement manicure ideas, so your hands will be ready for their big FaceTime reveal or Instagram close-up. From French tips to subtle sparkles, you’re sure to fall in love with one of these gorgeous nail designs.  

3D Bows and Watercolor

If minimalism isn’t your thing, you can have fun with texture and embellishments using a muted color palette, like this watercolor bow manicure. The watercolor design and shiny white bows on the accent nails give us total fairytale-wedding vibes. 

Pearl Embellishments

Add some lowkey bling to your mani with tiny, dainty pearl embellishments. We love how this nail artist used a shimmery base polish to level up the subtle sparkle.

Baby Pink Polish

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a basic baby pink manicure. Light pink nail polish is timeless, elegant and girly. Get the look at home with Essie Air Spun Fun.  

Glitter French Tips

What better occasion than your engagement to lean into the sparkle and shine with your manicure? If you don’t want to commit to a full glitter set, you can contrast a clear or neutral base with sparkling French tips.

Dainty Daisies

Little white flowers and mini rhinestones jazz up a neutral negative space mani. This fun and flirty nail look would work for nails of any length or shape. 

Vanilla Chrome

One of this summer’s biggest nail trends is the vanilla chrome mani and it just so happens to be perfect for an engagement manicure. Here, Essie Atelier At the Bay is paired with Essie Imported Bubbly.  

Micro-French Tips

Super thin lines make for an updated take on a classic French manicure, aka the micro-French mani. For your engagement manicure, keep it classic with a light pink base and fine white tips.

Seashell Glaze

Channel the mermaidcore beauty moment with seashell-inspired nails like these. If you’re planning for a seaside engagement, try this light pink mani with an opalescent sheen.   

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