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The Best Engagement Nails to Show Off Your Ring

Do you think he is going to pop the question? Go get your nails done, girl!

Or what will your Insta engagement selfie announcement look like??

It is true that engagement rings generally go perfectly with light pink polish. It’s timeless, classy, and always beautiful. You can’t go wrong with that. But what’s the fun in that?! Choosing the right nail polish could really add that extra touch of style and glam to your Insta engagement announcement, and really compliment your ring.

What color nails look best with engagement ring? Besides the obvious, yes...we are talking about black, neutral hues are always a great choice for white gold or platinum settings, although dark shades in cool colors such as navy blue, forest green, and violet create a modern look with a subtle edge which is perfect for fall or winter engagement nails. Now, if you DO opt for black, we sure won't complain. Black matches everything. Its effortlessly stylish and makes the ring stand out but still adds a touch of chic. However, if you're not a black polish kind of gal, there are two ways to choose the best shade for you:

By the metal of your ring

Gold Engagement rings

Wearing a yellow gold ring, you should clearly complement it with a warmer color to add some hit! Choose a red, peach, or light pink nail, that will balance the metal but also highlight the stone it carries. Another way to go is keeping it posh with a light neutral undertone, like pearl, ivory, or tan.

Rose Gold Engagement rings

The rose gold indicates you are not the average Jane, and therefore you will not settle on an average looking nails, no ma’am! Go with anywhere between salmon pink to a dark Amber, or any shade of red, to bring out the rose in your gold, or go with the neutral, quiet colors like cotton, buttermilk, or powder, to bring out the uniqueness of your ring.

Silver / White Gold Engagement rings

Light and bright metal call for a dark and rich color! Maroon, crimson, midnight blue, or chocolate tones will bring out the bright spark of your ring and make it pop out.

If you are going with a more graceful and elegant look, pair your ring with one of the soft hues like white or champagne, or one of the colorful pastel shades.

By using a close/ contradicting tone color

An Insta photo with an amazing blue sapphire engagement ring on a hand with a hot orange mani? Sounds like a photo we will definitely LIKE!!! Don’t be scared to go crazy with the colors. The beauty with the gemstone engagement rings is their colorfulness and perkiness.

Diamond or other white stone will be best attached to a nude or a light pink nail, keeping it classy and fine, just like the girl wearing them. On the other hand, if you want a touch of color to spice your diamond, go with light red or burgundy- flashy but with class.

By the way- don’t think twice about nail art. If you like it- go for it! It’s a hot trend now, especially for young brides, and some glitter, sparkle, and cute designs can add and compliment your ring, just as long as they’re not stealing the focus from the ring itself.

Now, if you're doing your manicure yourself at home a good bottle of lacquer should feel thin and spreadable, with a candy-shell gleam. So when you sweep on a varnish that's decidedly the opposite , well, it doesn't exactly lend a pleasant polish experience. Plus, thick and goopy nail polish is pretty difficult to sweep on. The viscosity only makes it easier for the product to bleed into your cuticles and create an overall sticky mess. That's not to say you must part ways with the old, especially if it's an all-time favorite.

1. Use nail polish thinner.

Polish gone sticky is a pretty common issue—so much so that you can find plenty of polish thinners on the market to help liquefy the consistency. Snag your thinner of choice and add a few drops into your bottle of lacquer. Once you've added the thinner, you can rub the polish bottle between your hands to ensure an even consistency of your new polish mixture. Just don't shake to combine—this can lead to air bubbles in your polish which can make your polish chip faster. Simply roll the polish between your palms to swirl the mixture. Another caveat? Polish thinners typically contain the same base ingredients as nail polish, so it might affect the pigment depending on how many drops you use. Generally, the more drops you use, the more washed out your color may appear. One or two drops likely won't make a noticeable difference, but if you're concerned about the color payoff, you might want to follow some of the other methods below.

2. Immerse in hot water.

Here's a fun hack: When your polish turns thick and goopy, Lin recommends filling up a bowl of hot water and submerging the polish bottle for a couple of minutes. The acute heat "allows the polish mixture to thin out and return back to a more normal consistency," she says.

3. Keep your bottles sealed.

To prevent goopy varnish in the first place, you'll want to tightly seal your bottles after each use. When oxygen seeps into the formula, it can separate and change texture over time. Not to mention, leaving your polishes uncapped can dry out the lacquer, which—you guessed it!—can lead to a stickier consistency that's quite difficult to sweep on. You may even want to close the bottle after waiting for your first coat to dry—it may not seem like much, but that air exposure builds up with every mani.

4. Store and clean them correctly.

On a similar note, keep your bottles in a cool, dark place to avoid shortening the shelf life. Like oxygen, light and heat can degrade the formula and lead to those textural changes. That's why experts recommend you store polishes in your bedroom, not your bathroom; the humidity in your bathroom fluctuates pretty quickly (thanks to the shower steam), which can transform your polish into a thick, melted consistency. Also, make sure you store them standing upright—when a bottle is slumped on its side, the polish can spill out the neck of the bottle and dry out (especially if those caps aren't screwed on tight!). If you do notice some spillage, take a remover-soaked cotton swab and clean up the neck of the bottle to prevent the formula from caking up top.

5. Check the expiration date.

Of course, if a sticky texture gives you pause, it's worth peeking at the expiration date before trying to revive the formula. Polish, like makeup and skin care, has a shelf life. According to Lin, most polishes expire 24 months after opening, although you can oftentimes find the exact timestamp on the label.

After two years of opening the polish, the consistency of the polish formula changes, and it's not as easy to apply the polish. That said: If your lacquer is old and goopy well past its expiration date, these hacks might not get you very far—it's probably a good idea to just toss it and buy something fresh and new.

The takeaway, if your polish has gone goopy, there are a few expert hacks you can try to thin the consistency. Although, if it's been years, you may just want to part ways and snag a new shade—all the hacks in the beauty stratosphere may not revive a polish past its prime.

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