Never had nails done.. where to start?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

shannonheadley :  I, like you, had never had my nails done professionally before my wedding. I told my manicurist to just go with normal polish, no fake nails or gel or anything. And it felt the same as when I do my own manicures at home. If you don’t want to try something new and just stick with natural, then go for it. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I’m allergic to nail polish.  As wedding prep, I requested a men’s manicure.  They just clean up your cuticles then shape and buff the nails.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper

If you want maintenance free for a wedding and the week after, nothing is easier than gel nails. They are your own nails, not artificial. They come in a wide range of colors, and painted on just like regular polish, but given additional hardness by curing with an LED light. They do not need drying time and can easily last two plus weeks without chipping. The only down side is regular polish remover won’t work. To remove you or the salon soak in cotton balls and acetone. 

A regular manicure is fine too, of course, but you will have to be a lot more careful. 

I’d personally recommend against any glitter or designs on wedding nails. A neutral or nude such as pale pink or off white will keep the focus where it belongs.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Gel polish for sure. I chip regular polish within hours of a regular manicure. It will last for about 2 weeks with no maintenance. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I would suggest getting your nails dipped instead of gel polish. The dip is a powder sealed onto your nails and comes off easier than the gel polish doing less damage to your nails. If you go into the nail salon and say you want a dip manicure they will know what you mean. Then they’ll give you a range of colors to choose from and shape/buff your nails then apply the powder. If you do want to just get a manicure with regular nail polish like you have at home you can do that but I would suggest doing it as close to your wedding as possible in case it chips

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Dip powder nails for reference. These are my nails and the nail “polish” (dip powder) is thicker and harder than regular nail polish so it’s super sturdy and keeps your nails strong! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I wasn’t used to manicures either. I went in and picked a light pink gel polish for my hands. I did some Googling/Pinterest before going and looked at wedding nail colors. It came out really good.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Like you, I don’t have my nails done, so when the manicurist suggested that I get gel nails I thought she was trying to upsell me and declined. I muffed up my regular nails 5 minutes after walking out of the salon. Turns out the manicurist knew what she was talking about. 😉 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - New York, New York

I would do gel or dip polish! They both LAST, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your nails right before your wedding. I would get your nails done a little less than a week before the big day, call ahead to get quotes from a couple different nail salons, and bring a picture with you that you can show the manicurist! This is how I’m getting my nails done, it’s called a French tip blend or a French fade. If you’re looking for inspiration, Pinterest has tons and tons of “bridal nails” ideas. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I would get gel a gel overlay or gel polish.  It is thin and natural, and will last much longer than polish.

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