The Biggest Wedding Manicure Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you opt for subtle, soft pink or bold and glittery, these bridal beauty tips will help you totally nail your wedding day manicure.
by Amanda Elser

Picking your wedding day shade and type of manicure is only half the battle when it comes to getting your nails polished before your wedding. There are going to be a lot of people looking at your hands to catch a glimpse of that pretty new ring, so read the below to prevent any major blunders.

Mistake #1: Not Testing Multiple Shades

You try on more than one dress (most of the time), so why shouldn't you try on more than one polish? Certain shades look better on different skin tones. For example, if you have an olive skin tone, test drive a poppy red polish with blue undertones instead of pink for a flattering shade.

Mistake #2: Only Buying One Bottle

If you're more of a polish kind of girl, once you've found your perfect shade, stock up: one for the salon, one for your wedding day emergency kit and one to pack in your honeymoon bag. When you need to fix a chipped nail fast, you'll be happy you spent the extra cash.

Mistake #3: Getting a Gel or Dip Manicure More Than a Few Days in Advance

Gel and dip manicures were the best thing to happen to bridal nails since Essie Ballet Slipper. Instant dry time and chip-free for weeks—it's literally a dream come true. But after a few days, both types start to lose their luster. Get them done only one or two days before your wedding to avoid any wear and tear.


Mistake #4: Forgetting to Maintain Your Nails at Home

Nail technicians are good, but they're not miracle workers. You can't come to your appointment with chewed-up fingernails and destroyed cuticles and expect Instagram-worthy nails in an hour. If you know you're an avid nail biter, make a conscious effort to kick the habit in the months leading up to your wedding. Also, avoid peeling broken nails and picking at hangnails—that's how infections start.

Mistake #5: Not Bringing Your Own Bottle to the Salon

Even if the color you picked is a salon staple, it's always good idea to come prepared with your own bottle of polish just in case your color isn't there or the bottle they have is old.

Mistake #6: Getting Too Adventurous With Nail Art

We're all for a fun nail design, but if you're not usually a "glitter and appliqué" kind of girl, your wedding day isn't the time to experiment with nail art.

Mistake #7: Forgetting to Moisturize

It's amazing what a little hand cream can do for your pictures. For instantly younger looking hands, massage cream into your cuticles and knuckles before your photographer takes close-ups of your bouquet or ring.

Mistake #8: Freaking Out Over a Chipped Nail

It's bound to happen with a polish manicure, but we promise it isn't the end of the world. Use the tip of the brush to fill in the hole, then let the polish dry for 30 seconds. Next, brush on a second coat of polish and finish with a thin clear top coat.

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