(Closed) Let's talk nails

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1552 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
2002 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
6430 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would just get a gel manicure. It lasts longer than your basic manicure, but it looks more natural than acrylics.

Post # 8
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@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
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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.

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