(Closed) French manicure

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
15 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012


i think they are the same. you can get it done a day or few days before your wedding. but it will look great if you have long nails.

Post # 4
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Keltaena: same thing essentially only that with acrylics they glue on the tip and if it’s your own nail they paint the white on it. This type of mani tends to get chipped easily because of its thickness (two layers: white and some shade of pink/natural) so I would say do it close your wedding day as much as possible. It does look great with long nails but would be fine with shorter ones too. 🙂

Post # 5
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

You’re going to want to do it as close to your wedding as possible. I just got a french manicure this past Saturday and it’s already toast. I’m planning a french mani for my wedding day nails and I’m making my appt for the day before. 

Post # 6
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Try to get the gel/shellac manicure done. It is more expensive, but won’t chip ever. And the nails dry instantly.  A regular manicure for me usually lasts between 12 and 48 hours, so most of the time I don’t bother. 

I had a french manicure with gel for my wedding after one of my bridesmaids recommended it. It lasted through the wedding and honeymoon without as much as a crack. The downside is, you can’t get it off. Not even with nail polish remover. Mine is currently growing out, almost a month later.

Post # 7
3142 posts
Sugar bee

If you’re getting acrylics, I would get them done a few weeks before and then just get a fill/fills for the wedding. Reason being is that when you first get a new set of nails your fingertips hurt for a few days and usually there is always a little nick or two from the files.  You don’t want cuts on your fingertips the day of your wedding.  At least this is my experience with them.

Post # 8
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i second the shellac french suggestion. i have had this done and it doesn’t chip at all! then you can get it done ahead of time and not worry about wrecking them. you can have tips put on if you’d like them longer than your natural nail, but i think french manicures look best with nails that are not too long.

Post # 9
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I’d also second the shellac comment.  We do Calgel in Hawaii.  It’s a real gel (as opposed to the kind where there drill and mix powder with chemincals).  They use an orangewood stick to buff your nails.  No drills.  No facemasks.  No odors.  In fact, my nail tech is pregnant.  I’ve had a french Calgel now for 4+ weeks and it’s starting to naturally peel off (it peels off the top, as it’s a layer of gel over your nail, but not fully adhered with a nasty chemical they need to drill off).  I can usually make it last another few weeks by putting a clear layer of nail polish on.  It will come off with regular nail polish remove after a 5 min soak if needed.

The best part, since there is no drilling, your nails are as strong as they were when it comes off, not like the paper thin nails with ridges you get from acrylic/acrylic gel manicures.

Basically, if you see an electric drill or mask, it’s not a Calgel or Shellac.  Shellac is a hybrid of Calgel and nail polish, but very similar.  Calgel is Japanese, so not sure if it’s gone further into the States than Hawaii now.  But Shellac is pretty easily available.  I beleive they have a website to find a salon.


Post # 10
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

The shellac is what I did and I had it done 2 days before the wedding.  I had it chip though 2 days after the wedding, so it’s still possible.

Post # 11
241 posts
Helper bee

I’m doing LCN and have had it before to try out and the real true LCN lasts 4 weeks and you can do it a few days before and it never chips.

Post # 12
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am completely clueless about this too! I have never had a manicure in my life but I definitely want a french manicure for my wedding! I also don’t want fake nails/tips because mine are long enough. I have to get my nails done 4 days before my wedding so I need something that will last! I guess I am going to ask for a french manicure with Shellac? Do you have to go back to get it removed or will it come off with nail polish remover??

Post # 13
139 posts
Blushing bee

French manicure is my favorite, I had have it with long nails, short nails and acrylic nails. The last ones were those which have the manicure already done, my nails look awesome, but when they come off I had paper nails, they were super short and weak and I went shopping for only nail products after that. In my country acrylic nails are not as popular, so I just paint my natural nails. 

You can learn how to paint your nails with french tips, I currently paint my own nails and it gets easier every time, it depends of the texture of the white nail polish, but overall is easy, you may want to try some time before the wedding because is not easy at the begginig. It does chip quite often, depending on how manual are your activities (arts & crafts, cleaning) for the chipping I use the Sally Hansen french manicure pen, I don’t use it for painting the line because I find it hard and the point is a little wide for me.

I’ve heard the gel technique is great:) I would try it if my salon use it (I don’t think is even in my country), let us know what you decide!

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