By Rita Remark, celebrity manicurist and essie Global Lead Educator.
Every bride wants to look picture perfect on her wedding day; a dream gown, flawlessly coiffed hair and dazzling hands…and I’m not just talking about the ring! A flawless manicure is the perfect complement to your diamond. It’s important not to neglect your nails on the big day because your hands will certainly be photographed and, as anyone will tell you, photos last a lifetime.
It’s important to remember that bridal manicures don’t just happen on the day of the wedding. Photo-ready nails (and hands and cuticles) are the result of regular manicures and proper care in the weeks prior to the wedding. If you are not a regular manicure client, I’d suggest you book at least two manicures before the special day, especially if you tend to pick or chew your nails or cuticles! Many brides-to-be treat themselves to facials before the big day and our nails are no different. With consistent TLC, our hands are radiant, our cuticles soft and our nails are strong. It’s also important to keep incorporate hand and nail care into your evening routine. When applied nightly, essie’s apricot cuticle oil will do wonders for the beauty and health of your nails. If you’re looking to grow your nails for the big day, look no further than essie Treat, Love, Colour. Boasting strengthening ingredients, clinically proven results and chic colors, it’s your recipe for elegant long nails.
With all of the details that go into a wedding, you shouldn’t have to worry about chipped polish! For bridal manicures, I always recommend choosing a longwear formula like essie’s divine Gel Couture polish. Not only are you guaranteed a chip-free manicure on the day of your wedding, its longwear formula will take you from the aisle to your honeymoon. Brides who love options will also adore the selection of runway-worthy colours, which leaves one question: how do you choose?
Picking a bridal nail colour can be as tricky as choosing a bouquet. Here are a few tips to help you narrow your focus.
If you’re someone who loves bold color and always wears the latest trend shade, then why should your wedding day be any different? Colourful nails are an easy way to make a personal statement on your big day, but it’s important that they also coordinate. So, if bold colour is your go-to, find shades in your design scheme to match your nails to. Some great ideas include your bouquet, your lipstick for a classic Hollywood look or even your bridesmaids’ dresses, to keep you and your favourite girls connected.
This season, essie paired with one of the worlds most coveted wedding gown designers, Reem Acra, to design six limited edition gel couture polishes. The result is the 2018 Wedding collection featuring colors chosen specifically for the modern bridal party. If you favour bold colour, “moments to Mrs.” is a wash of iridescent mauve that is elegant without being over-powering. Love drama? “Forever family” is a seductive pearly raspberry shade perfect for lipcolor-to-nail matching. For those of us who favour softer, classic shades, opt for a sheer polish with a hint of luxe like “picture perfect”; a veil of white with flecks of gold.
Worried that your bridesmaids won’t match their manicures? Ensure that your bridal party effortlessly coordinates by treating them to a gift of wedding-friendly nail polishes to wear. It’s a thoughtful gesture to show your love and gratitude and an easy way to keep everyone colourfully connected. Not to mention, wearing a matching pedicure colour with your bridesmaids and family, like the lucky blue “getting intricate”, is like a playful secret to keep with each other on the day of the wedding!