Wedding Day Nails Help

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

Seche vite for the top coat! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I would not advise painting your own nails the day of with regular polish unless you have a long time to let them dry

Post # 5
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Honey bee

I would also recommend not doing nails the day of.  Day before perhaps.

I like Czech glass nail files or this crystal nail file from Sephora.

https://www.sephora.com/product/crystal-nail-file-P310307?icid2=products%20grid:p310307:product

I use Zoya nail polish almost exclusively https://www.zoya.com

However, Zoya works best with their own base and top coat.  I also would sign up for their mailing list because they have crazy good sales at least three or four times a year.  I’ve very rarely purchased Zoya full price.  Currently, they have their Earth Day sale until the end of the month where if you promise to mail them back old nail polish from other brands they will dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way and you can purchase six or more nail polishes for half-price (it is on the honor system though – they just care that you’re not throwing your old nail polish in the garbage if you decide to donate it or find another place that will dispose of it appropriately).  They also usually have a big BOGO sale around the holidays and one or two more similar sales throughout the year in addition to smaller sales.

I will say that Zoya’s nail polish remover is hands down THE BEST I have used.  

I’ve also had really long wear times using Essie’s longwear line https://www.essie.com/nail-polish/longwear?selectedFamily=3B3E27E0602D45FEB9234528793B1E3D&selectedProduct=0 if you’re looking for something more readily available at chain stores. 

I’ve also gotten manicures with CND Vinylux line https://cnd.com/products/vinylux and have been extremely pleased with the wear time.  I only own one of their polishes though (Target has recently started carrying them here, but I have refrained from buying them as I just have so much Zoya).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Do your bridesmaids like to do their own nails? I can’t paint my own worth crap. If I were in your wedding and flying in the day before, I’d just go get mine done before I left town.  You would just be wasting $$ on me. 

 

As for doing them the day of, it takes 1-2 hours for nail polish to totally dry….unless it’s humid and then it can take half a day or more. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

ETA:  can you hire a professional to do nails at your house as part of wedding prep? There’s an app where I live where you can get quality nail technicians to come to your house for maybe $5-6 more than a salon manicure. That would be less stressful than painting my own nails or being expected to paint another bridesmaids.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Do any of your girls do shellac, gel or false nails, as I have  gel nails and when I was a bridesmaid just asked bride before my normal nail appointment what colour she wanted. 

Do it could be a waste of money if they are already done and for nice occasions I get a matching pedi as well st least a week in advance.

so I would check with your girls as they may find it a nice bonding time or a total hassle.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

I do my own nails every week. I recommend smith and cult polish, it goes on smoothly, dries fairly quickly, and is fairly opaque in one or 2 coats.  It also lasts for at least a week with little to no chipping, even if you are hard on your hands.  Seche vite top coat for sure is my go to. I use nail tech base coat, but the sally hansen conditioning base coat is nearly as good and half the price. 

A nail corrector pen or q tips for cleaning up around the nail is a must, along with polish remover. I always use the purple remover from the drug store. You can also get a bluffing/ filing nail block from most drug stores. That should be everything you need!  Gel, shellac and acrylic are very hard to get off and can harm natural nails.  Each person will need at least 2 hours to do this, each coat drying completely between, and being very careful not to touch things. 

 

Good luck and congrats!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

You could also try nail street nail stickers, then there is no dry time, and all you need is the kit from them and a file. 

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