Almost There: Nailing Down Perfect Wedding Day Nails

Friday, March 8, 2013

Nailing Down Perfect Wedding Day Nails

This guest post comes from one of our #hollicon partners Theresa Kiernan. She's an amazing nail tech and also happens to be one of my best friends and bridesmaids. She talks about things you can do to keep your nails healthy leading up to the wedding and how to do them yourself if you are trying to cut costs. —Holli Anne

I am so excited about Holli’s wedding! This is the first time I have had the honor of being a bride’s maid, but not the first time I have done wedding nails. I am so excited and honored to do Holli’s nails for her wedding. Today I am going to be talking about how to take care of your nails as you prepare for the wedding and how to do a beautiful, classic french manicure for the big day.

Hair, skin, and nails are where your stress is first displayed, so it’s important to keep yourself well rested, hydrated, and relatively stress-free. 


To care for your nails leading up to the wedding I would recommend filing them so they don’t randomly catch and break within the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Also, one of the greatest products for nails is cuticle oil. 

The oil helps to keep your nails hydrated and healthy. It’s amazing how they help brittle or damaged nails. If you have acrylic nails, applying this product daily and buffing your nails helps to keep them strong and healthy. I use Arbonne’s Cuticle Oil, but really any quality cuticle oil will do the trick. 


Once you have prepped and cared for your nails, you are ready to polish them for the big day! If you don’t have much money and are doing it yourself, here are some tips and tricks to pull off a classy, feminine look.

You want your nails to be well-maintained, especially as everyone is going to be looking at the new ring, but you don’t want it to distract from the ring and outfit. I would recommend some form of a french manicure because it is sharp, but not over dramatic. There are a few ways in which you can achieve this look, one by using a guide or sticker and the other by using acetone or nail polish remover. Either way you will need a base coat, top coat, white nail polish, and a pink polish.

The Sticker-Method

If you want to use the basic, sticker approach here is a helpful tutorial I found on YouTube: Easy French Manicure. You don’t have to cut your own tape if you don’t want to, you can use some prepackaged guides or even 3 hole reinforcers. If you use this method make sure that the white nail polish has dried before pealing it off so you don’t smudge or peal it all off.

Another Method

Another method is to paint the white on your tips and to go back with nail polish remover to create your own smile line. This is for the more artistic-minded brides. There are a few tutorials I found that are helpful including How to do a Perfect French Manicure and a longer, more thorough tutorial entitled How to do: French Manicure. For this method you will need nail polish remover and a brush. If you use a brush I recommend a rounded brush like the one in the second “How to”, because it helps create a perfect, rounded look. I often use Q Tips instead of a brush to make my rounded edges. They work well and I highly recommend them.

Adding Flair

Now if you want something with a little more pop for your wedding, there are a few simple things you can do. Nail Polish Stripers are always fun to add a little design to a nail. The brush is a simple line and one way you can use it is to add a simple line underneath the white. It achieves a very nice look. Also, I like using nail stickers. I have some simple flower stickers I bought years ago that I add to nails for an extra pop on special occasions.

Holli Anne's Nails

For Holli’s nails we are using gold glitter for the tips instead of white. These are some of the inspirations we had for her nails. They are not your classic white tips, but they definitely fit her personality for the wedding. What ever you end up doing make sure you feel comfortable with it. There’s so many fun things to do with nails.

 If you have any more questions about nails be sure to tweet them to #hollicon and I’ll be sure to answer them!

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