Meghan Markle looked absolutely stunning on her wedding day to Prince Harry, her beautiful gown and veil adored by royal fans the world over. While everyone was discussing her wedding dress, we in the HELLO! office were also taking a very close look at her bridal nail colour. Did she take inspiration from the Queen's favourite pale pink nail shade, Ballet Slippers by Essie, and follow royal tradition of demure nails on her big day? Well yes, it seems that Meghan did just that.
On closer inspection, it appears the bride chose a baby pink matt hue, not dissimilar to the shade she wore for her engagement photos. Even more exciting is that an eagle-eyed Vogue staffer may have found the exact product Meghan used on the day.
The fashion publication reports that Meghan's nail colour could be CND Shellac in the shade Cake Pop. Sweet Squared, distributers of CND Shellac told Vogue: "We 'think' but can't confirm that it looks totally like Cake Pop." However the company also said there's a possibility the shade could be 'Naked Naivete', which they reveal Victoria Beckham wore at the royal wedding.
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Ballet Slippers by Essie has been the Queen’s go-to colour since 1989 when the monarch's hairdresser wrote to brand founder Essie Weingarten to request a bottle of the elegant polish. The Duchess of Cambridge is also a fan of high-street label Essie – when she married Prince William in 2011, manicurist Marina Sandoval blended Essie’s ultra-wearable Allure shade with Bourjois So Laque Nail Enamel in ‘Rose Lounge’.
Meghan's nails on her wedding day
Here, top nail ambassadors give their picks for summer wedding nail shades...
Nail technician Metta Francis, Nails by Mets @nailsbymets
Metta recommends Barry M's Pink Lemonade Gelly, which has a soft nude-pink that will look amazing against warm skin tones. She says: "Topped with the Barry M’s Plumpy Top Coat, it will give a lovely professional gel-like finish” Priced £3.99 and £2.99 from superdrug.com
Adam Slee, Rimmel Global Nail Ambassador
"‘Super Gel ‘New Romantic’ is a soft pale pink which is a great wedding shade, however for something a little more subtle I could recommend Super Gel in ‘Soul Session’ which is a great nude hue." Priced £5.99 from superdrug.com
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Jenni Draper, OPI ambassador
“Bubble Bath from OPI is perfect for a natural sheen, applying 2 or more coats will give a more opaque colour that still looks effortlessly chic," uggests Jenni. "You’ve Got Nata On Me is a delicate peachy colour, perfect for a spring wedding.” Priced £13.50 opiuk.com.
Vernice Walker, Brand Manager at Leighton Denny Expert Nails
Vernice suggests the Crème de la Creme polish from their collection, which compliments an ivory gown. She says: "It’s a gorgeous nude that has enough coverage to enhance the tips giving you a subtle, toned down version of a French manicure which looks classic and fresh." Priced £12 from leightondennyexpertnails.com