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Wedding nails and colours
No matter what type of bride you are you will want pretty nails for your wedding day, even if its just a coat of your favourite polish.
You really need to start getting regular manicures before you say your vows so that your nails are in tip top condition. You can help the process along by using hand cream and cuticle oil each night before bed.
The Look French, Gels, Pastels & Polish
The majority of brides, including myself opt for the classic french manicure look. This is a timeless, clean sophisticated nail style that elongates the fingers and does not distract from the dress or flowers. Another popular look for brides is pale pastel pinks and violets in either polish or gel (I would recommend a gel polish as it does not chip as easily as nail polish.) These colours are beautiful for a spring wedding.
Something blue, brighter, bolder shades
Staying on the polish and gel colours track, some brides like to take their colour palette to the next level and choose brighter or bolder shades, such as: Hot pinks, Blacks and reds.
Colours to match your dress
I’ve even known a bride paint her nails and toe nails blue (perfect for your something blue!) these colours can be used to match a coloured dress, colour theme or flowers.
#NailArt & shapes: stilleto to square
Brides who want to break from tradition and stand out may want to pick an extreme nail shape such as The edge or stiletto these can be adorned with intricate hand painted art, 3d work and bright colours or glitters.
If your a bride who wants something different but doesn’t want to be plagued with comments such as ‘How do you go to the toilet with those pointy nails on?’ or ‘They are like witch nails’ throughout their big day then you could opt for signature nails. Signature nails are usually on the ring finger (perfect!) and consist of one or two nails that are completely different from the rest. For example you may have a french manicure on all nine nails then on your ring finger have your grooms name painted on, the date of your wedding day or even a 3d bow. This way you’ll have unique nails that stand out without being considered over the top.
Classic French Design
I had a classic french design for my wedding day, two months before my first nail course and before I was a self confessed nail art addict!
At the time I used glue on nails, they looked very pretty but I know if we ever renew our vows I’ll be one of those brides who wants crazy, stand out nails!
They shall be long, pointy and include lots of art and bling!
Get your wedding nails inspiration from the internet, nail books and magazines or even sketch out your ideas for yourself to remember to show to your nail tech.
Remember to wear a nail look you love as you’ll be looking at those pictures for a long time!
This blog was written for Beauty Therapists Online by Laura Bell nail specialist Laura is a nail artist from the Midlands, she has written for Scratch and Your Nails. Due to a wrist injury Laura is not taking new clients at present. However she has entered the prestigious BeautyUK NailArt Competition 2013.