The Style Bible - Wedding Day Manicure Guide
Today's blog post is part of the style bible series as it's wedding season. I wanted to write a wedding day manicure guide for those brides to be wanting to look their best. Gone are the days when mosts brides opt for just a basic French manicure. But what are the dos and don'ts for helping your fingertips look their best on your big day? There's more to nailing the perfect wedding manicure than most brides might think about. It’s serious stuff and even if your choosing between getting nail enhancements, a gel manicure or a regular polish there are some really important things to consider.
The Style Bible - Wedding Day Manicure Guide
- Choose your salon wisely. A badly carried out manicure or set of nail extensions will overshadow your day and could even ruin your close up photographs of the bouquet, when your signing the register or even cutting the cake. The one thing to remember with anything to do with nails is that you must visit a good salon. Especially for your wedding day. All too often I hear ladies saying that gels, false nails and shellac have ruined their nails. This isn’t the case and nail products alone don’t cause damage, a bad tech does. My main tip is to find a licensed, well educated technician that promotes nail health and doesn't damage natural nails. Find a professional that comes highly recommended. I have seen so many disasters come into my hands on the day before the wedding. In my 26 years of experience I have had to rectify all manner of problem's. From the badly applied ugly white plastic tips to shoddy gel manicures that have either damaged the natural nail bed or the bride to be has let someone she didn't know attempt at doing the job. Always ask to see certificates and credentials.
- The second thing to think about is do you want to grow yours nails for the day or do you want to have a beautiful set of perfectly natural looking nail extensions. If you want your own nails to look as good as they can then you need to keep you nails protected with a gel manicure, a polish or at the very least a nail hardener or strengthener for a few weeks if not months before your big day. Nails are basically layers of dead cells that can peel at the edges if left unprotected. Getting gel nails done is a brilliant option as they will keep the nails encased and secure. Nails and don't breath and don't have lungs, they are dead and are very porous. So covering them with a polish or gel is actually the best way of keeping them clean, long and stronger. And for your wedding they won't chip or smudge like regular polish can. They will also last and last, possibly right through your honeymoon and beyond. The products I use have gone up to 5 weeks on lots of my ladies.
- Choosing the perfect style or colour is the first thing that most brides should have on their minds. The French manicure look is fairly out of date theses days. If you’re looking for an updated version you will still have to still think about elegance. The latest look is a faded french called Baby Boomer to us techs! Its delightful and looks stunning when applied with precision. But the most classic and stunning look for a bride is a manicure or gel nail that reflects, enhances and coordinates with her wedding colour theme. It will look way more sophisticated and expensive than a basic french. Choosing your wedding day nail colour needs to complement your overall look. From a classic soft nude to a pretty blush pink theses always look clean and elegant and they do not distract from your bouquet or ring. French really has gone out of date and especially the big French tips. Trust me as you will regret in yours to come. When I help my brides I always help them choose the perfect shade to compliment their skin's undertones, the flowers and the rest of their entire day. I take it very seriously as nails are the finishing touch. Everyone looks at the new ring so the nails have to be perfect in my opinion.
- Remember your bridesmaids as the little details will shine through. And god forbid one of them is sporting a chipped black mani or pedi on the day, total disaster! Also it's so much fun to match the colour scheme with all their dresses. Think about your bridesmaids skin tones, the outfit and the colour of their flowers. Girls with a fair complexion with have a slight blue or pink undertone to their skin. So pink, cream and nude shades look the best and very elegant. Ladies with warmer skin tones will look incredible with warm nudes, yellow based golds or peachy shades.
If you need any help I’m a Winchester based World Elite nail technician and one of the most qualified and experienced experts in the UK. I have worked with celebrities, for glossy magazines and TV. But my passion is to I help all my clients with everything they need for their special day when it comes to beauty.
From the perfect nail shade selection, custom blending gels to get that perfect colour to really make the new wedding ring or their flowers look stunning in pictures, to what to do if they have a nail-related emergency. Or if they don't have particularly long nails, they are bitten and way too short I will create a beautiful set of nail extensions. I only ever sculpt a nail and never use plastic tips. Sculpting is the best way to create a natural looking and feeling nail. The ultimate wedding day essentials are safe in my hands and at your fingertips if you live in Winchester!