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Nail It: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet & Manicure Inspiration For Engagement-Ready Hands

Nail It: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet & Manicure Inspiration For Engagement-Ready Hands

Found the one and can’t wait to seal the deal with a ring? Well, before that happens can we entertain you with a little advice: don’t miss out on your hands as you indulge in your pre-engagement pamper sessions. In fact, the majority of your engagement day would be spent flashing that rock and, of course, your hand with it while you pose for pictures and show off your ring. I state the obvious but you clearly don’t want to be caught with a case of parched, shoddy hands while you get clicked. 

Well, the memo is simple: look after your hands as much as you are planning to tend to your hair and skin. For your hands to look Insta-worthy when you finally upload pictures, we have curated pointers on all that you should be doing to keep hands engagement ready along with some manicure inspiration for the big day. Scroll through!



Just because you cannot frequent salons as much as you’d have ideally liked, all thanks to the pandemic, doesn’t mean that the pampering should stop. In fact, now that most of us are working from homes, think of it as a buffer time to indulge in all the hand care and DIYs. Here are some tips that you should be following while making hand care products at home: 

                                                                   Also Read: Best Engagement Gift Ideas 


Begin the pamper session with exfoliation and do this at least once every week. Take out a coin-sized quantity of scrub for each hand and rub it in circular motions for four-five minutes. This would leave your hands soft and nicely exfoliated. 


Now that your hands are all exfoliated, you’d need to add in some moisturiser. You’d want to indulge in a relaxing massage at least twice a week and here’s a cream that’ll take good care of the same:

Additionally, we’d also warn you against keeping your hands constantly doused in sanitisers. And while that might not sound like the best advice given the current pandemic, we have a product that’ll take care of all your hydration needs while keeping the germs at bay:

Cuticle Care

Cuticles being the most delicate part of hands, require extra care. Additionally, healthy cuticles mean healthy nails and I think I made my point right there. Thus, while you go about slathering those luxurious creams on your hands don’t forget to invest in good cuticle oil and here’s something that we’d recommend:

Use Sunscreen!

Protecting your hands is as important as pampering them and a good sunscreen is something that we highly advise to invest in. Here’s our pick:



Well, now that we are all sorted with the hand care, how about we interest you with some manicure inspiration to let your hands do the talking on the D-day? Here’s what’s on our beauty radar right now:

Metallic Muse


Metallic nails are going big right now and look especially good in hues of blue and green. That said, gold and silver look equally stunning in metallic nails and we highly recommend this manicure if OTT is the vibe that you seek:


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Inspired to try this silver chrome mani from @salonsdirect #chromenails #silvernails

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OMG Ombre!


Soft ombre nails are suggestive of delicate beauty and would complement a pastel outfit especially if an evening gown is what you have on mind:


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Czym wykonujecie ombre? Hybrydkami, żelami, pudrami akrylowymi, A może airbrushem? 🤔 ja do cieniowania najbardziej lubie gąbeczki i gęste, mocno napigmentowane żele! 🧽💙 obecnie poszukuje tych najlepszych, najfajniejszych i ostatnio w moje ręce trafiły mega Czaderskie gąbki do cieniowania i mam już świetne szybkie salonowe zdobienie, specjalnie dla Was, w głowie i na moich paznokciach! (Nie, nie to z zieloną baterią 😂) I chyba w końcu usiąde i nagram jakiś tutorial, od A do Z 😄😄 pewnie część osób się już za mną stęskniła 🤔😘😘 #nailartnatalia #paznokcioweinspiracje #nailsbynatt #paznokcie #instapaznokcie #nowepaznokcie #dlugiepaznokcie #ombre #paznokcieombre #manicure #ombremanicure #cienieniowanie #fioletowepaznokcie #sunsetnails #pieknepaznokcie #letniepaznokcie #paznokcienalato #summernails #nailart #stylizacjapaznokci #szkoleniazpaznokci #paznokciekatowice #paznokciesiemianowice #naileducator #ombrenails

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Ombre, But Make It Glitter


So what’s better than ombre nails? Ombre nails with glitter! Well, this is one manicure needs to be your pick if some Cinderella vibes are what you seek to channelise: 

Glitter Tips


Glitter tips are always hot and we cannot think of a better day to drizzle in some glitter than your engagement. 


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Ombré and glitter tips 💙 @cjp_nail_systems_official #acrylics #fullset #ombre #acrylicombre #bluenails #glittertips #potglitter #silver #coffinnails #nailtech #naildesigns

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Sea Glass Nails


Well, sea glass nails are exactly like gel nails but matte. And that should really get you swooning if a matte nail look is what you aspire for. They look especially nice in pastel hues like seafoam green, lilac, and ice blue. 


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So nice I did them twice 🥵🥺 #seaglassnails #gelnsils

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Pearl Panache


Pearls as nail embellishments are going Insta hot right now and we recommend this manicure if you happen to be go for something unique: 

Classic White


Touted the perfect engagement look, classic white manicure has to be your pick if you want to steer clear of trends and happen to have a style that is all about evergreen favourites: 


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Get the perfect engagement manicure. You said yes! Now comes the inevitable social media reveal – get a natural shade mani so there’s no distraction from the rock. Now you’re ready for ring selfie.

A post shared by Nails & Brows Mayfair (@nailsandbrowsmayfair) on Jan 25, 2020 at 12:35am PST

Oxblood Beauties


Just like classic white, oxblood nails have been a cult favourite when it comes to engagement manicures, perhaps ‘coz of how well they tend to compliment diamonds. 

Nude Nails


Nude manicure are again a cult favourite owing to the clean albeit polished vibe that they tend to exude. This one is especially for you if you are all about minimalism:

Classic Clean


And as we speak of minimalism, there is no way that we can forget a classic clean manicure. Minimalistic and yet so statement-making!


So, ladies, all set to show off that rock?

Also Read: Engagement photoshoot poses 

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15 Jul 2020

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