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How to Take the Perfect Engagement Selfie

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody’s there to Instagram it, did it really fall? The answer is definitely no. So, now that we’ve established nothing really exists unless it’s online, you’re going to want to post THE perfect picture when you’re announcing your engagement.  A winning engagement post is one that sends hearts soaring and comments bursting your page, designating you with “it girl” status for at least the next week. So, if you’re thinking all it takes is the right filter and a newly bleached smile, you’re in for a much-needed surprise.

 

The Mani

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Nothing showcases that engagement ring more than a beautiful mani, and nothing ruins an engagement ring more than unpolished fingers. So if he proposed while your hands and nails looked like they’ve just been through 60 hours of handy work, you’re going to need to call and book an emergency manicure ASAP. Call in a favor if you have to, because this is the very first thing you need to do! There’s no sense in getting a rock like this one by Gottlieb & Sons just to hide it behind poorly manicured nails!

 

Let’s Get Technical: The Angle and the Lighting

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Just like the wrong angle can quickly change your single chin to a double, it can also take your 2 carat ring to a solid 1. You’ve earned this ring by being exceptional wifey material, and you definitely want to show it off. Taking the photo from above is going to be the most flattering angle for your hand, and for the bling.

Also, don’t keep your followers in the dark when it comes to your engagement ring picture. Nobody wants to see a blurry, dimly lit photo any more than they want to see another wannabe Kim Kardashian. Stick to natural light and take the photo by a window! Hint: Diamonds cut like this one by Gottlieb & Sons reflect light the best so they photograph really well!

 

The Background

 

Please, step AWAY from the busy floor tile and your messy bed. You want the ring to be the center of attention, so it’s super important to keep the background elegant and simple. This type of background will help draw more attention to your prized sparkler!

Try floating your hand above a marble countertop, a white wall or even your car steering wheel (granted it doesn’t have some flashy steering wheel cover). If you want to be real cute, try taking it on your new fiancé’s knee, just make sure he’s wearing some nice jeans or a suit!

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Accessorize your Shot

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If you want to take your creativity to the next level with your IG announcement, show off your new bridal bling with a pastel-coloured clutch, a bouquet or even a coffee cup (just make sure it’s a cute one…aka avoid the McCafe cups please). Need an example? Check out above- Hillary Bontempo’s snap from her Instagram where she shows off her fave sunglasses along with her new favorite jewelry piece. You can also achieve a similar statement with this gorgeous engagement ring by Gottlieb & Sons…bonus!

 

Remember, practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to take 100 pictures of the same engagement pose. Ultimately, that’s what everyone does anyways, so chug some caffeine, grab your man, and snap, snap away!

Fancy Nails and Engagement Ring Combos from Instagram

So you’ve just updated your Facebook status to “engaged.” Awesome. And now it’s time to show off that sparkly bauble on your finger, right? But, wait! Is your betrothed hand Instagram-selfie ready?  Does your manicure carry enough punch to really rock that rock and leave all of your followers gasping in wonder (and envy)?

 

Fancy nails can sure be an eyeball magnet, drawing everyone’s attention to a woman’s fingers and whatever bling she’s got on them. Nail art has literally gone through the roof in the last few years with all kinds of designs, colors, and shapes. Pinterest is positively abuzz with all the possible combinations and variations of fancy nails. Here are a few examples of how these avant-garde manicures work best with your engagement bling.

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A little goes a long way

What better hue to complement and enhance a diamond ring than glittery white? The metallic stripes on this quite classic manicure give the nails an extra oomph and jazz up the whole look. This nail design is especially stunning when you’re sporting a sparkling diamond-encrusted band-- can you say wowzers? Then all you need to worry about is choosing the perfect filter! #mrsfabulous!

 

 

Just a bit of accent will do the trick

For something easy and simple but still attention-grabbing, try a two-tone manicure, with the ring finger nail in accent paint.  This combo rocks with colored gems with halo settings.  Pick a nail color that complements the hue of your rock, but then set the ring a-gleam with glitter accent on the ring finger.  

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For something a bit more edgy, dress up that nail with a caviar manicure – it’s super-hot today!  

 

A French mani with a fancy twist  

If you’re a bonafide French manicure aficionado, give it an eye-catching twist with silver tipping — it goes so well with a diamond and a white gold band.  A girly pinky hue on the nail is so right for a wedding, and the splash of silver showcases the ring to a T!

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Give it dimension

For a slightly bigger splash, go for a 3D manicure!  Adorn your nails with a few glittery rhinestones, studs or pikes to complement a double halo sparkler.  

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If you want to push the envelope a bit further, combine the 3-D design with stiletto nails and tip art.  But to make it all work together, match the gem color with the hue of the nail art, and don’t go crazy on the rhinestone studs!

 

 

Go big or go home!

If you’re brash, bold chick and your ring is the size of Ohio, go all out like Nicki Minaj. Her nails are uber fancy!  Still, because her ring is humongous, they don’t overshadow it too much.  Nicki has thrown everything at her nails, including the kitchen sink: stiletto shape, 3D, different color for each nail, and tip design.  They don’t call her diva for nothing!

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You have so many options to beautify your nails!  From funky designs and glittery embellishments to unusual shapes that under certain circumstances, could render your fingers lethal weapons!  But when it comes to choosing a fancy manicure to set off your engagement ring, keep in mind the scale, glare and impact of the design. Your nails should highlight your love sparkler, not compete with it.  Too much razzmatazz on your fingers and your gorgeous ready-to-be-shown-off engagement ring runs the risk of becoming a “Where’s Waldo?” story!