Post # 1
I’m wanting to get my nails done for my wedding, but honestly I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve only had my nails professionally done once before, for my senior prom, and I just trusted the nail lady to do whatever. Surprisingly it worked out well.
So anyway, I’m getting my nails done this weekend for my graduation and I’m going to use it as a test run for the wedding. Could someone tell me what to expect? I would like to have a idea of what’s going on. I think the time before I had acrylic nails (not 100% sure) and she had to put the false tips on. This time all of my nails (expect for one) are about the length I would want them at, so would one false tip look weird or should I get all of them? And I might be strange, but I wasn’t a fan of how think my nails were, it there a way to make the coating thinner? Like I want them to be thicker and stronger than my nails now, but if I remember correctly I have a hard time using the thick nails for everyday things like opening pop cans on removing contacts. Is there a way around this or should I suck it up and learn to work around it.
Post # 3
Wy don’t you just get a manicure? They’ll clean your nails, remove cuticles, massage your hands, buff, file and paint your nails. I have a bad nail biting habit and my nails are thin and weak because of it, but as long as I keep them manicured and painted, they’re stronger and look nice. Unless you like the look/feel of acrylics or unless you absolutely can’t stick with your own nails, I’d avoid the fake stuff– it’s costly and absolutely terrible for your actual nails.
Edit: you might also try a shellac/no-chip mani. The polish is thicker, lasts longer and stays shiny. It costs about $20 extra here, but it looks great! I had one for my wedding and it lasted through lots of DIY prep, setup and whatnot.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
@MiraJo: I would say to stick with your natural nails rather than fakes- I envision a nail popping off into your food or something, or getting caught on your dress. If you stick with a relatively basic french manicure, it think your nails will look great 😀
Post # 5
I would just get a gel manicure. It lasts longer than your basic manicure, but it looks more natural than acrylics.
Post # 6
Woah, faster responses than I expected! I was thinking about getting the professional manicure because my nails chip so bad! I’ll try to paint them at home and they last a day..maybe two.
What’s the difference between gel and shellac? I’m hoping for something that will last through the honeymoon.
Post # 7
Oh, and I was thinking about doing someting like this for the wedding, but my nails are longer than hers
Post # 8
@MiraJo: I would do gel/shellac over acrylics also. I’m not a fan of the acrylic look or feel.
Shellac and gel are very similar, but I prefer shellac slightly more. The type of polish they use is a touch thinner and looks more like the application of regular polish. I also notice it lasts a bit longer for me.
Post # 9
I did a gel manicure for my wedding because it lasts two weeks with no chips, so I got my nails done the day before the wedding and didn’t have to think about them again until I got home from our two-week honeymoon!
Post # 10
Shellac is a great alternative to acrylic nails because it lasts 2 weeks and makes your nails stronger while it is on. However, if that one nail is noticeably shorter than the others and it bothers you, you can have the rest of the nails shortened or get acrylics.
I wore acrylics for just about 10 years straight. I love them, but they are pretty awful for your natural nails. You can have the acrylic made thinner, so that they’re not much thicker than your regular nail. They can break easier that way though.