How-To: Get Picture-Perfect Wedding Day Nails

Take good care of your nails leading up to your wedding. That way, they'll already be in great shape when it's time for the big-day manicure.

When you’re decked out in gown and veil, with a radiant smile on your perfectly made-up face, it’s true, you’re fingernails will be somewhat of an afterthought.

Then again, they will take center stage several times — as you hold your bouquet, walking down the aisle; when you cut the cake in front of your guests; and of course, when you and your beloved exchange rings.

Take a few simple steps to ensure pretty nails — and a hassle-free manicure.

For at-home manicures:

  • Practice keeping your nails at your desired length/shape for several weeks.
  • Buff the tops of your nails regularly to remove bumps, ridges, and residue from previous manicures.
  • Start with a liberally-applied base coat. Allow it to dry for several hours.
  • If you’re planning to do a French manicure, consider using guide strips, which serve as stencils for your fingernails, or a paint pen, which will allow you to make a clean white stripe right at the end of your fingernails.
  • Finish off with a top coat and allow it to dry, untouched, for at least twenty minutes.

For salon manicures:

  • Practice keeping your nails at your desired length/shape for several weeks.
  • Make sure your stylist understands the nail length/shape you want before she/he gets to work.
  • If you’re planning to get a French manicure, have the stylist use regular nail polish rather than airbrushing the effect; airbrushed nail paint tends to scratch off more quickly than polish.
  • If you’re getting acrylic nails, do a trial run several weeks or even months in advance, especially if you’ve never had acrylic nails before. Some women hate the feel of fake nails, while others want to clip them short immediately. Make sure you’re comfortable with your nails while there’s still time to change them!
  • Resist the urge to rush out of the salon – keep your nails under the heat lamps as long as your stylist suggests!

Here’s to a simple, streamlined and hassle-free beauty routine that peaks on your wedding day, leaving you a gorgeous, glowing bride!

~ Laura

  • ing your nails at your desired length/shape for several weeks.
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