Post # 1
Let me just preface this by saying I never get manicures, unless there is a VERY special occasion coming up or party to go to. I have a bad habit of picking at the skin around my nails and it’s very ugly looking. That said, I want to get a manicure because (a) I’m hoping that having pretty nails will motivate me to STOP picking at my fingers so that I have nice looking hands and (b) I’m 99% sure my SO is going to be proposing in the next week or 2!
Right now my nails are pretty short. One of them broke last week so I filed them all down to be the same length. I’m wondering if I should just get a regular manicure and wait for them to grow (they grow pretty fast, but not as fast as I would like) or if I should get fake nails. I’ve heard they’re bad for your nails, but that was years ago. I know they’ve come up with so many new things beauty-wise. So opinions please! 🙂
Post # 3
I have the same problem at you, i constatly pick at the skin around and under my nails and they always looked bad. I started getting gel overlays, which are similar to acrylics but better for your nails. I keep them pretty short and look natural, but they are much stronger so I don’t pick at them all the time. I’ve been doing this for about 2 years and my own nails are now so much stronger since they aren’t getting damaged by me picking at them.
Post # 4
Have you heard of Shellac?? When I get a manicure thats what I get. I hate acrylics because they mess up your natural nail, plus I think they look really bad in about 2 weeks when they start growing out. With Shellac they use your natural nail and put several coats of gel on them, you can get them in color but I usually get french tips. They last for 2 weeks and they dont mess up your nails at all!
Post # 5
I personally think that acryllic nails are “out of style”. Sure, lots of people still get them, but they look SO fake. I’d suggest to find a salon that does Shellac. It’s just like a regular manicure on your real nails except that it lasts 2 weeks! Totally worth every penny.
Post # 6
Unless you plan on keeping up with them I would just get them painted. If he’s proposing soon I definitely think a mani is in order though!
Post # 7
I have to agree that MOST fake nails tend to look very dated to me. They don’t look natural at all. I think like PPs have said just getting a quality Shellac manicure would look much nicer!
Post # 8
I really, really prefer natural-looking nails. Even if it’s not perfect looking, a clean natural nail looks so much better to me than acrylics, which almost always look fake to me and to varying degees remind me of porn movies (even the french manicure ones).
A professional manicure/shellac would be lovely though.
Post # 9
Where I live, acrylics are seen as cheesy or tacky for the most part. I’d say to go natural with a a neutral color.
Post # 10
If you’re happy with the length, get a UV gel manicure (I personally prefer CND Shellac to OPI Axxium). If you want a boost of length, I say go ahead and get tips BUT
keep them VERY short, and have them polished a solid colour, not pink and white french. They’ll look much more tasteful that way. Both of these options will still look good in 2 weeks, as opposed to a regular manicure which will be chipped within a few days.
eta: this is the kind of look I’m advocating here:
Post # 11
DEFINITELY natural! Get a gel manicure – it lasts a long time, but is still on your natual nail. I got OPI gel (this is the day after the wedding):
Post # 12
I think long nails and fake nails look so awful and Jerseyshore-esque. However, if that’s your thing, and your friends’ thing…go for whatever makes you feel the best!
Post # 13
Thanks bees! Like I said, I really have no experience in this area. I will definitely give a gel/shellac manicure a try this weekend! 🙂
MissNoodles and sarahbabs, beautiful nails! Thanks for the pics
Post # 14
@stargazer102706: Thank you! It looked like an improved version of my natural nails, which is just what I wanted 🙂
Post # 15
I agree with the previous poster who suggested Shellac. I think that acrylics are a little dated now.
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I HATE tips. Stick with your natural nail