Now that you’ve picked out your wedding dress, decided on the bridal makeup routine, and have a hairstyle picked out, now it’s time to consider your nails. Think of it this way, your hands are going to be on display as much as your face on the big day. Everything from exchanging rings to cutting the cake means that there will be many eyeballs on your hands. So, you don’t want smudged polish or chipped nails to ruin it for you.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you nail the nails in addition to visiting a nail salon! In this article, we’ll reveal our top tips for ensuring you have perfect wedding nails.
Test Your Wedding Nails
It is essential that you try out your wedding nails months before the big wedding day. That way, if you don’t like the look, there is plenty of time to address any issues that there may be. Plus, it will make you feel more confident since there won’t be any last-minute stress to take your mind off things.
The Classic Nail Look
Your best and safest bet is the classic nail look. Consider that these nails will be seen in photos and videos, so this is something that will be seen years later. Sure, it may not be the most creative look, but you want something that will stand the test of time.
In our experience, you will want to prep at least a week before the wedding day. Some eco-friendly nail care treatments will ensure that your hands look good and are ring ready. Plus, use a quality cuticle oil once or twice a day to ensure that the nails shine and don’t break. Using a quality cuticle oil will ensure that your nails look good in all the close-up photos of the ring.
Choosing The Best Nail Color
Now, this is something a bride shouldn’t leave for last. Get an appointment at least four weeks ahead of time and have the manicurist test out a few nail colors. You can go on Pinterest and Instagram to examine nail colors and find one that you think will work best.
When trying out colors, brides can also post a survey on social media to find out what others think of your short-listed colors. Interestingly choosing the right nail color can be time-consuming, but it is worth the effort.
Wedding Nail Art
Wedding nail art seems to have become more prevalent in recent years. The best thing about nail art is that it can help a bride express herself in so many creative ways. We often tell clients that they shouldn’t do what other people think; this is, after all, your big day. If you enjoy having nail art, then get it done. It can add a lovely touch, complementing your outfit.
The key is choosing the right nail art design based on your overall look and what you’ll enjoy wearing.
Get Your Nails Done A Day Before
It would help if you got the nails done the day before, ideally not the same morning. If this is not realistic since you may have a busy schedule in the days leading up to your wedding, you can get the nails done 48 hours ahead of time. However, once done, you’ll need to be careful not to scuff your nails.
Avoid Chipping Your Nails
You will want to avoid everything strenuous ahead of your wedding. If you are going to work with your hands, then wear rubber gloves. You may even want to wear these gloves in the shower.
You will also want to get all hair coloring done before the manicure. This will help you avoid the possibility of the nails getting stained by hair coloring or related beauty products.
Almond Versus Rounded Nails
Honestly, both will work perfectly. It all boils down to personal preference. This is why we advise you to start thinking about your nails weeks before the wedding. Thinking of this early on will mean that you can experiment with shapes and colors ahead of time. Plus, it is a lot less stressful.
Since every hand is different, here is a quick guide to choosing the right shape:
- Long palms with short fingers – If this is the shape of your hand, then an oval would be a good shape since it elongates your fingers, balancing the look of your hand.
- Short fingers and wide palms – Almond or oval work best for this one since they make the fingers look longer.
- Long fingers and palm – Square or a sightly rounded shape will look best.
- Long fingers with a broad palm – You’ll want to get coffin nails or rounded square nails.
If you have a hand that does not fit the above profiles, then a squoval or almond shape is a good choice. That said, always consult a nail salon artist and get their opinion before deciding on a shape for the best look.
Styling Your Toes
Regardless of whether you are planning to wear shoes or lean in favor of showing off your toes, or maybe walk bare feet at a beach wedding, your toes need just as much attention. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked.
Ideally, you will want to match the toes with the fingers for a more cohesive look. However, you can also choose to have buffered toenails, and a more natural look is fine if your feet will be hidden under a dress for the most part.
Generally, all you need is a good, clean toenail. However, beach weddings often draw more attention to the feet, so you’ll want to give the nails’ color some thought too. Maybe jazz it up with nail art, glitter, etc. Similar to your hands, the sky is the limit with what you can do.
Get Your Nails Professionally Done
Your nails aren’t going to be a one-day thing; there is a process associated with it, which should start today. The process will continue until your big day when you show off those beautiful nails.
It is essential to get your nails done with care and by a professional. When you have healthy nails, it looks good, shines, and with the right color, they will add glamour to your look.
Schedule your wedding day nail appointment with the experienced nail salon professionals at Greentoes in Tucson. We can help you decide on the very best presentation of your hands and feet for the big day!