Even though it can feel like a lifetime ago (or is that just us?!), the Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was only 2 years ago, in May of 2018. When looking back on the day when Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex and married her Prince in front of almost 2 billion people around the world, every detail about Meghan’s look was carefully decided – the jewelry, the dresses, the hairstyle… Even the nail polish that Meghan wore that day.
While we knew that Meghan opted for a shiny, pale-pink polish, we were at a loss on the specific colours and colour combinations used to get her gorgeous manicured look. Was it beloved royal brand Essie (the Queen’s fave!) that was on her fingers, or did Meghan choose something different?
British Vogue revealed that Meghan got her fingers – and toes – done for the big day by cult-favourite nail studio Dryby London. Their chic Fitzrovia area studio has won over many fans (it’s a Goop favorite) with their muted interior design, minimal & classic modern nails and the oh-so-chic glass of Prosecco to accompany a treatment.
The studio revealed that Meghan had a custom blend of hues from CND Shellac on her fingers for the big day. This is a great choice for brides, as the Shellac polish will guarantee a chip free manicure so you don’t have one-more-thing to stress about on your big day. Meghan used one base layer of CND Shellac’s Unmasked colour coupled with with two coats of their Negligee colour on top. On her toes, Meghan wore two coats of the brand’s Cashmere Wrap pink shade.
Meghan’s wedding manicure colour choices are a great option not only for weddings, but for everyday too. If you’re looking to replicate the look at home, there are many ways to buy the tools and equipment needed for an at-home Shellac manicure. A base coat, top coat, colour and curing light are all readily available online, and there are even “starter” kits available on Amazon including all the tools you need for under $40. And if you’re looking to have your nails done, there are countless salons offering the CND polish options around the world.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration ahead of your next Meghan-inspired manicure to go with your muted, milky pink mani, Dryby also has some great examples that they have done posted on their social media accounts. We love some of their modern takes on a very classic nail, like the gold accents on the look below.
Now that we know for sure what special colours made up Meghan’s manicured wedding look, one more royal wedding secret is revealed!