It’s practically impossible to argue that Lady Gaga isn’t living her best life right now. She’s engaged to Chicago Fire hunk Taylor Kinney, she’s locked down her legendary Cheek to Cheek collaborator Tony Bennett as a wedding singer, she blew everyone away at the Oscars, she threw her best friend the ultimate bachelorette party, and she’s Instagrammed all of these milestones, every step of the way. And this has all been in the past four months!
Somehow, even with the flurry of activity and excitement, she’s managed to feature her show-stopping, heart-shaped engagement ring in practically every one of them. Before you bow down to the master of the subtle ring selfie, it’s important to know that you can be as stealthy and cool about it as Gaga herself. Just follow our quick guide — get Grammys and fame not included.
1. Make manicures a habit.
Judging by her most recent Instagram (at top of post), Gaga is a mani addict. And for good reason — not only is it a the best way to flaunt your ring, it’s the perfect excuse to constantly take and post photos of it! In addition to her stiletto French manicure, she also got something called a “Feather French.” Her nail artist attached real feathers to create an awesome twist on the classic. Naturally, Gaga posted two photos of it, with her rock in plain sight. The takeaway? Experiment with nail art, and no one will fault you for getting Instagram happy!
2. Stay healthy, stay happy.
Practically every bride goes on a health and beauty kick in the lead up to her wedding, and Gaga is no exception. Case in point: Two weeks ago, she posted this Instagram, showing her getting ready to take a beautifying juice shot from LA-based organic shop Kreation. The fluid is designed to benefit nails, hair, and skin. The cute, syringe-looking container is clearly designed for maximum ring flaunting! Thank you, Gaga, for displaying a new way to beautify and do a sneaky ring selfie.
3. Be the bride and the bridesmaid.
Gaga’s in that time of life when she and everyone around her is getting engaged or married. Her Instagram shows she’s ever-so relatable, going to bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings, even as she plans her own nuptials. These photos are awesome for two reasons: One, for their captions. The top one above says, “Watching your best friend get married, these are the specialist times in my life. Seeing happiness in the lives of all my friends,” while the bottom one says, “Off to see the girls in our first bridal week activity! I’m so just so excited!! And think of all the Southern wedding fashions!” Two, for her unabashed ability to place her left hand in plain sight to remind us all that, yes, she’s wearing an unbelievable piece of jewelry.
4. Remember: Happy wife, happy life.
She says as much in her caption for this photo. It doesn’t take much to take an Instagram-worthy photo of an engagement ring — as this one shows, a glass of bubbly and some classy lingerie are plenty sufficient.
5. When in doubt, look to Britney.
“Get the coffee. Call the Haus. You better work b*tch,” she captioned this Instagram from a month ago. Like Ms. Spears, Gaga knows that looking on point is reason enough to snap a pic. Cat-eye glasses, bold lips, a new manicure, and, oh, a gigantic piece of bling? Get that on Instagram, stat!
6. Make your announcement count.
This was the engagement-ring photo (and announcement!) seen around the world. It does everything it should — it tells everyone she’s engaged, it has a sweet message, and it puts the ring in full focus. Even if you’re shy about flaunting your ring, know that this is the one time you should be totally shameless about it.