Top 4 Manicure Tips for Stunning Nails on Your Wedding Day
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Published by TOP4 Team
For that big day when you will be walking down the aisle to exchange vows with the man of your dreams, you want to make sure that every little detail is perfect. Months (or even years) before the big day, you set out to get the best of everything — the theme, flowers, invitations, music, decor, cake, catering, limo, your hair, makeup, the dress, the shoes, the rings.
If you want to perfect your bridal look, then getting a great manicure should be included in your to-do list. But it's not simply a matter of picking out a colour you like and squeezing the appointment into any free time you have during the wedding preparations. Like every other aspect of your wedding, it has to be done right — so you can walk down that aisle with pretty nails that complement your entire look and draw appreciative whispers from your guests.
Here are the top 4 manicure tips that will help you achieve the best-looking nails on your special day:
1. Choose a nail colour that goes with your wedding style.
This will involve considering a number of things:
Your dress. It will have a distinct style, texture and fabric and your nails will need to complement these. If you have chosen a simple and sleek dress with few embellishments, then an interesting or vibrant colour choice would be appropriate. If your dress is more intricate, sophisticated and detailed, a more neutral polish will suffice.
Your bouquet and the season. Brides usually choose flowers that go with the time of year; their skin tone can also appear differently depending on the season. So choose the nail colour accordingly:
· Spring or summer weddings: Warm colours like pinks, tans and corals are best (white can also work).
· Winter weddings: Cooler tones like beiges, light blues and creams are appropriate.
Your skin tone. The right colour for your skin tone will not wash you out.
· Porcelain complexion: Sheer colours like powder blues and light pinks.
· Olive complexion: Pale colours like off white. Red is advisable if you're also wearing scarlet on your lips.
· Dark complexion: Pale colours like dove grey, off white and peach.
2. Book your manicure two days before the wedding — and give your chosen polish a test-run three weeks prior to the big day.
Your nail polish must stay on and look brilliant throughout your wedding as well as your honeymoon, so two days before the ceremony is advisable. It's also a good idea to have your nails done three weeks before the wedding so you can see how it looks for about two weeks. It can then be removed and your nails and hands can be treated before the actual wedding day manicure is done.
3. Take good care of your nails in the lead-up to the wedding.
Applying cuticle oil every night before going to bed can give your nails excellent nourishment and pampering. It's more effective at caring for your nails than reapplying the product throughout the day and after washing the hands. Also, find a good nail and cuticle conditioner that can give your nails and hands a good dose of vitamin E, with the right SPF.
4. Ask your manicurist to keep your nails short and neat.
A natural, soft square shape for your nails helps keep them strong. They also have the added benefit of making your fingers look more slender.
Here's an added tip: You can choose either a regular polish or gel polish for your wedding day manicure. It all boils down to your preferences: If regular polishes suit your tastes better, go for that. If you're more concerned about the polish lasting as long as you need it to, then gel would be your best bet.
A little careful thought is all you need to put into your manicure choices so you can get beautiful nails — your new husband will surely be gazing lovingly at your hands as he slips the ring onto your finger. Have fun deciding, and best wishes to the happy couple!
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