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.
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's classic shade lands somewhere between pink and beige, making it a neutral that goes with everything but still offers a bit of personality.
Chip-resistant, fade-proof, and high-shine—in other words, it'll still look great, days after application.
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.
This opaque tan hue looks great on a multitude of skin tones and somehow exudes summer warmth, even in winter.
The built-in base and top coat makes this polish incredibly chip-resistant (making it an ideal choice, incidentally, for a wedding).
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.