Post # 1
I don’t grow my nails or really wear polish except for special occasions, I’ve never had acrylics or anything like that done. Obviously I would like pretty nails for my wedding day (in April) but I don’t really know what I should do. I’m feeling pretty confused about gel/acrylic extensions and shellac and all these other words. My mother has booked me an appointment to get my nails done the day before. Anyone else out there doing fancy nails for the first time? Or advice on what would be best?
ETA: I don’t plan to keep up with whatever I do for my wedding, I would likely have any extensions or gel polish removed within the week, so I would prefer something that isn’t too traumatising to my nails!
Post # 3
@Hollybear: Do a little research and get color gels. You don’t need to get extensions or anything, but it’s better than a regular manicure b/c it will last not only through your wedding day/night but for a couple weeks. And when you want them removed, it’s merely a soak and buff off process.
Post # 4
@Hollybear: I don’t generally do much with my nails either although I have had acrylics at one point. I definitely don’t recommend acrylics – they’ll destroy your nails if you plan to have them removed the next week. I’m going with gels – mostly because I can get them done days in advance and not have to worry about chipping. Gels are fantastic. And yes, you have to go in to get it removed, but it doesn’t damage the actual nail like acrylics can.
Post # 5
@Hollybear: I really like gel polish. It lasts for 2 weeks, but you have to go to the salon to get it taken off (unless you buy acetone). It will also help your nails grow longer because the gel helps them to not break. Personally, I would get them done 2+ weeks before the wedding, then do them again right before the wedding.
Post # 6
Since you don’t normally wear polish or have you nails done, I’d go with a simple french manicure or an all-over neutral color. The french manicure is classic and even if it chips a little it won’t be as noticable as an all over color.
Shellac or gel nails is going to take a couple of weeks to come off, and even then, it will either require you to soak and work at them to come off, or go back to the salon to have them removed. I have thick, long healthy nails and on the occasion that I pay for a manicure I get shellac and removing it is a pain, but it lasts so long. (I also work a lot with Acetone, so a regular polish wouldn’t last me the through the workday.)
If you only want to have it on for your wedding day, just go for a regular mani polish. The next day you can take it off with remover.
Post # 7
I tried acrylics for a dance in high school once ance HATED it. I don’t paint my nails, but I do file them pretty and give them a buff shine. You could, if you want to go the natrual look for the wedding, have them give you a manicure with no extensions and then either use a clear top coat for gloss, or use a nude sort of color like Essie’s Allure for a bit of tint. You could also just have them smooth and buff the nails if you’re really against color like I am.
Post # 8
Don’t do acrylics because as others have stated, they really will ruin your nails.
I would do gel or shellac (honestly I’ve had both in salons and couldn’t tell the difference between the two). It looks natural and won’t kill your nails when you get them taken off (but make sure you get them taken off by a professional!).
If you don’t normally wear color nails I would recommend a french shellac/gel mani or a light pink.
Post # 9
Gel will soften your nails a bit, especially when it’s removed because its filed off. You’ll always lose a layer of your own nails.
I’d suggest shelac, its like polish but can be removed with pure acetone, or filed off. The difference is that with gel nails your own nails have to be filed slightly so the gel adheres, but I dont believe they have to be for shelac. Basically you lose less nail with shelac than gels if you choose to have them removed early.
Post # 10
@Hollybear: You should check this kit by Deborah Lippmann out! A little pricey, yes, but it won’t do too much damage to your nails. I plan on doing gel nails for my wedding so it doesn’t chip and so I won’t ruin my nails with acrylics. The color im going to wear is also by Deborah Lippmann. It’s called La Vie En Rose. It’s a super pretty pale pink with a slight golden shimmer through it.