Creative wedding nail ideas by Lauren

Categories   Wedding Inspiration

Hello everyone, it’s Alex from again! I hope all of you enjoyed my first post about how to mix and match bridesmaids dresses. Today we are going to talk shop about one of my all-time favorite subjects: nails!

When it comes to wedding worthy manicures, I prefer looks that are clean and simple, with a playful personalized twist. In light of the recent nail art trend, today I am sharing 6 understated nail art ideas for spring and summer brides… Get ready to be delightfully inspired, ladies!

Pink nail designs | 100 Layer Cake

Pretty and pink: If pink flowers and sparkles are your thing, why not give your manicure a playfully chic spin by incorporating glitter polish? A few of my favorite glittery polishes include Butter London Rosie Lee (pictured above), Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow (a wonderful gold), and Essie Beyond Cozy (an amazing muted gold, almost silver color). To temper the glitter, try polishing the glitter onto every other nail.

Wedding nail ideas | 100 Layer Cake

Bohemian: If your look can only be described as “boho-chic” then this might just be the perfect manicure for your big day. While the turquoise might seem risqué, it’s the perfect twist on your run-of-the mill manicure. The ombré effect is not only stunning, but oh-so unexpected. To get the look, paint the nail with two coats of your desired base color (the base color used above is NCLA Santa Monica Shore Thing). Then using a makeup sponge, lightly dab the tips of the nail with your accent color (the accent color used above is NCLA Don’t Call Me Peachy). If you prefer do to something a tad more understated, try pairing two pinks together such as Essie Lady Like and OPI Sweet Heart.

Wedding nail ideas | 100 Layer Cake

Glam: If you prefer the finer things in life, a glamorous metallic ombré glitter manicure is an excellent choice. Since a full bed of glitter can be a bit distracting, the gradient effect is a nice way to add a personalized touch to your manicure without going overboard with 10 gleaming digits (after all, you don’t want anything to distract from your new sparkler). To get this look, follow the steps listed for the “Bohemian” manicure but swap out the accent color for glitter. One of my favorite metallic polishes of the moment is Topshop nail polish in Moonshine.

Wedding nail ideas | 100 Layer Cake

Edgy: To get the look, simply paint your nails with your favorite peach or light pink polish (Essie Tart Deco is always a great choice) and allow it to dry completely. Then pour a small amount of shimmery polish (OPIS he’s Golden is gorgeous) onto a piece of paper and dip the larger end of a bobby pin into the color. Next, drag the bobby pin in a zig-zag motion over the nail until you’ve created the desired design. Finish off with a top coat and voila!

Wedding nail ideas | 100 Layer Cake

Playful: Still looking for something blue? Look no further than your nail polish collection. If all-blue isn’t quite you, try doing a single robin egg blue nail or detail instead. My favorite baby blues include Chanel Sky Line and Essie Borrowed & Blue.

Wedding nail ideas | 100 Layer Cake

Classic: Give your classic French manicure an instant update by opting for a gradient contrast instead of a harsh line. This is a lovely look that’s both understated and on-trend. The best part? It won’t outshine your new ring! To learn how do to this ombré Frenchie, check out this tutorial. For even more simple and sweet bridal nail ideas, head on over to and be sure to check out the Wedding section!

Which manicure do you like best? Also, would you actually wear an all blue manicure on your wedding day? Sound off in the comments below! I would love to hear what you think.

xx Alex
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Photo credits: Girly: WedBliss / Shopobaz / My Modern Wedding Bride GuideBo-ho Chic: SheFinds Glam: Love Maegan / iViliiage / PshiiitEdgy: Love Maegan / / SheFindsNailista Playful: NailistaPshiiit on Facebook / Annie McElwain Classic: PinterestGrape Fizz Nails / Weddbook / Pinterest

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We were inspired by Alex’s post on wedding day nails, so we thought it would be fun to partner with Cult Cosmetics on one of their popular nail kits! Have you seen them yet? Their kits are SO fun. They are giving this 100 Layer Cake inspired kit away to a lucky reader, so enter your info in the form below and like us on Facebook to be included in our giveaway! We’ll pick a winner this Thursday.

Cult Cosmetics nail kit for 100 Layer Cake

Social Love

@100LayerCake on Apr 22, 2013

Our friends at @laurenconradcom are sharing some of their favorite wedding day nail art designs today!

Lulu on Apr 22, 2013

Gorgeous nails and I am sure they'd look even better when holding Jansport backpacks.

Berlin Event Planung on Apr 22, 2013

Encore des super idées pour le prochain événement. Je trouve ça beau et je vous remercie pour la contribution. Cela m'inspire. Merci mille fois !

Kris on Apr 22, 2013

I'm loving every single nail pic in this post! It's crazy because over the last few weeks my nail polish/nail painting obsession has been in full swing, especially Essie's Mint Candy Apple! I'm going to have to try a few of these designs, so pretty!

@dazzle715 on Apr 22, 2013

@pawcakes you need to enter!

@kateshellnutt on Apr 22, 2013

so, so cute. RT @100LayerCake Ever wondered what 100 Layer Cake nails would look like?

@event_decorator on Apr 22, 2013

Fun ideas for your Wedding Day nails!

Trisha Fay on Apr 22, 2013

I love you on Facebook! Thanks so much!

simplydresses on Apr 22, 2013

So lovely, I like that ❤

Victoria on Apr 22, 2013

Hi, thanks for posting my nails (edgy, bottom right). Would you mind giving the direct credit though? The original image can be found at Thanks again!

miriam on Apr 22, 2013

Im loving this! Such fun combos!

elegantweddinginvites on Apr 23, 2013


@Eline24 on Apr 23, 2013

@jacolienweststr Om t nog iets lastiger voor je te maken: zou je niet ook nog iets met je nagels doen? :P

Aggie on Apr 23, 2013

I want my nails to look like that (just pick one) every day! (I do like you on FB!)

Alex on Apr 23, 2013

Love the nails! I have been looking for a gold like that!

Nathalie on Apr 24, 2013

Where is the original source for the third glam nail? It's missing from the credits and I really want to know!

rebecca on May 1, 2013

i love these rings they are so pretty and i told my friend about this website and i sent her all the pictures that i have copied and pasted in a folder of fashion and my fav pics I LOVE YOU LAUREN CONRAD. YOU GIVE GREAT ADVICE AND I WILL TELL EVERYONE ABOUT YOU!!!!!

maidstone wedding photographer on Apr 12, 2014

Good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I've book marked it for later!

Jessica on May 12, 2014

I love these, but for my wedding this past August I wanted a look that was different in my own dress was all love lace, which is a big trend now, but when I was wedding dress shopping lace was not in style and lace dressess were far and few between! Anyways...I went with OPI "I got the Blue fr red" its a dark red and I loved the look!

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