Princess Eugenie Wore the Royal Family's Favorite Nail Polish on Her Wedding Day

Princess Eugenie on her wedding day
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It could be said that within the realm of the royal family, Princess Eugenie of York is somewhat of a risk-taker when it comes to her fashion and beauty choices—fancy nail art included. Reindeer and unicorns aside, if royal wedding history were to repeat itself, it would've been safe to presume the royal would stick to an elegant and dainty flesh tone on her big day—non-distracting, subtle, and ever so classic in the most flattering of ways. 

While part of our subconscious did kind of hope Princes Eugenie would walk to the altar in rhinestone-studded nail art for her 2018 wedding, she did not. In fact, she followed in Meghan Markle's (and many brides' before her) exact footsteps by reportedly wearing one of the most quintessentially classic and, yes, perhaps predictable polish shades in history: Essie's perennial natural stunner, Ballet Slippers. 

Ballet Slippers nail polish by Essie
Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers $9
Princess Eugenie on her wedding day
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According to Harper's Bazaar, Princess Eugenie chose the beloved shade of sheer pink for the big day, and to be honest, we're not shocked. First of all, Ballet Slippers is rumored to be the go-to choice of Queen Elizabeth herself. Also, it's allegedly the hue Meghan Markle wore on her walk down the aisle, and it's only a few ticks away from the slightly off-the-grid choice Kate Middleton made back in 2004 with Essie's natural shade, Allure.

So is it fair to say Essie's cult-classic shade is the unofficial royal polish shade? Perhaps. That said, if you're in want of a natural pick that's a tad less predictable, we're sharing six other go-to's Team Byrdie always has on hand—and fingertip. Keep scrolling!

OPI nail polish in Somoan Sand
OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish in Samoan Sand $13

OPI's classic shade lands somewhere between pink and beige, making it a neutral that goes with everything but still offers a bit of personality.

Oribe The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish
Oribe The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish in The Nude $32

Chip-resistant, fade-proof, and high-shine—in other words, it'll still look great, days after application.

Smith & Cult nail polish in Peaceful Paranoia
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Peaceful Paranoia $18

The metallic gleam makes this shade stand out from the pack; the gorgeous packaging means it functions as a work of art on a vanity.

Flora 1761 nail polish in Desert Brush
Flora 1761 Nail Color in Desert Brush $16

This opaque tan hue looks great on a multitude of skin tones and somehow exudes summer warmth, even in winter.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish in In a Flash
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Nail Polish in In a Flash $5

The built-in base and top coat makes this polish incredibly chip-resistant (making it an ideal choice, incidentally, for a wedding).

Zoya nail polish in Jack
Zoya Nail Polish in Jack $10

This goes-with-anything shade works as well for a wedding as it does for the workplace. Even better, it's full-coverage and opaque, so it's about as bold as a neutral can get.

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