Post # 1
So I’m literally never been in a nail salon. I’ve either had my mom paint my nails when I was younger, or tried to do them myself (with varied levels of success). I’d like to have my nails look nice for my wedding, but I literally have no clue when it comes to this sort of thing. When I go to salon websites they use a bunch of different terms I don’t understand!
I just want a nice, natural pink paint job, with maybe a little design or sparkle. I can’t imagine dealing with fake nails, so what are my best options?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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 # 11
shannonheadley : I would get gel definitely.
Post # 12
I would get gel a gel overlay or gel polish. It is thin and natural, and will last much longer than polish.