You’ll only occasionally spot a British royal wearing a bold shade of nail polish — a neutral-toned manicure is one of the many royal protocols Kate Middleton and the Queen adhere to. And, while Meghan Markle does sometimes rock a dark-hued nail, she mainly sticks to a classic mani as well.
Turns out there is one shade all three women prefer: Essie’s “Ballet Slippers,” a subtle pale pink polish the Queen has worn since 1989, when her hairstylist wrote to the company asking for a bottle.
Kate, who often goes without polish, is apparently a fan of the semi-sheer hue, too.
For the Duchess’s own wedding, she customized things with a blend of Essie’s “Allure” and Bourjois So Laque Nail Enamel in “Rose Lounge” (a pastel pink hue).
Originally published February 2018; Updated January 2019.