So it’s Friday in NZ and the rugby is on tonight (keeps the boys entertained) so one of my girl friends is coming over for dinner and I think it is time to get the foot spa out and do mani’s and pedi’s! I love painting my nails and have got so many cool ideas off Pinterest (slightly addicted!) You can check out my pins here
But today’s blog is a bit of inspiration on how to get your nails looking fab for your wedding day! There are so many options, you can have your nails done professionally, by a friend or do them yourself! You can go for fakes, gel or just use a good brand that won’t chip. My personal favourite brand is Orly, they have awesome colours, it lasts well and I like the grip and shape of the bottle – but that is just me, O.P.I is also a great brand, Revlon quick dry works well too – I think the most important thing is to invest in a good bottom and top coat.
Trending this wedding season is soft colours with a pop of glitz! Having your ring finger in-crusted with gems or diamante’s, adding a bit of sparkle or going for a fresh clean French manicure with a little something special and different on one nail. I have also been seeing little pops of colour and some gorgeous pastels!
So are you a DIY bride? Here are some great tips on getting your nails in good shape leading up to your big day and how to paint them to perfection!
A really great way to get your nails healthy for your wedding is to soak them in olive oil once a week, fill two bowls with enough oil to cover your nails, soak your nails for 10 minutes then rinse and pat dry. It also helps to keep your nails short so they don’t break and so you don’t end up with some longer than others! Also keep a good moisturiser next to your bed and give your hands and nails a good coat every night. You can also invest in something like Sally Hansen’s ‘no more breaks’ and take evening primrose oil tablets and/or women’s multi’s for extra strength.
So with your nails super strong and healthy it is time to attempt the perfect manicure! Practise makes perfect so if you think you have never been very good at it all you need is a bit of practise – get your girl friends together and paint their nails, book a night in your calendar to give yourself a manicure every week and before you know it you’ll be a pro!
I always start with trimming my nails down to a length I like, not too short but not too long! This part is completely up to you! Then it is time to file them in the desired shape – I’m not too fussy with mine but I like a squared off look or ‘squoval’ (see above pic) I like to use a large emery board that has a good abrasive side and a softer side for finishing touches but I sometimes use a crystal/glass nail file too – they are great because they never loose their grit! You should try to file the same way, not back and forth as this can weaken the nail, once I have my desired shape I like to sand and buff my nails to give them some shine (even though I am going to paint over it) there are all sorts of buffers out there and I have tried a fair few but one of my fav’s is the QVS 4 way buffer, it is inexpensive and lasts well – check it out here
Next step is to get those cuticles tidy! Again I’m not too fussy with this as I don’t want to hurt my self (I’m a big baby!) so I always give my nails a soak in some warm soapy water first to soften the cuticles, you can get cuticle cream from chemists or anywhere that sells nail polish, dab a bit on each nails cuticle and let it soak in, then use a cuticle stick (I prefer the wooden ones to the metal ones – they freak me out…maybe I have a cuticle phobia!?) gently push the cuticle down, you can get special tools to snip off excess cuticles but I never do this, if you struggle with this step don’t stress, you can always paint over your cuticles a little anyway!
Now it’s time to get polished! Make sure you clean all your nails with some nail polish remover and a cotton ball first so that the nail polish will stick well. Time for a bottom coat, paint all your nails with a good quality bottom coat, Orly, O.P.I, Sally Hansen and Revlon all have good bottom and top coats that are affordable. Let your nails dry completely – some nail bars are straight on to the next coat but I prefer to let the bottom coat dry really well so your colour will stick. Pick the colour you want, if this is for your wedding day a nude or blush pink is going to be the best choice as it won’t show the imperfections (not that we will have any!) but if you are going for something bright and funky good on you, you can always take it off and re-do it if you make a mistake! So you need a steady hand, roll your nail colour bottle in between the palms of your hand rather than shaking it, this mixes the nail polish with out causing air bubbles! Give your nails a good coat, don’t blob the colour on your nails, try to spread it evenly and get it as close to the sides of your nails and cuticles as you can, once you have finished all your nails it is time to do a second coat. After the second coat I wait until my nails are almost completely dry and try not to bump them or to touch them to see if they are dry because you WILL muck them up!
If you are going to get fancy it is time to add your sparkle polish or your little gems! Then the very important top coat, this will help your manicure last longer and hopefully stop any chipping, paint all your nails with a layer of top coat and allow at least 10 minutes for it to dry completely – then you can get a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover and tidy up any mistakes and you are all done, gorgeous manicure ready to be rocked!
If you are going to give it ago I would love to see your results, I hope this was helpful, send me a comment and let me know! Happy nail painting and have a GREAT weekend! Xx