Looking to seriously up you nail game ahead of the big day? Listen up! The team at essie (the polish Kate Middleton used on her W-day) have dispensed their top tips.
Leave your cuticles alone
Cutting them could see you wind up with swollen, red nail beds that are prone to infection. Leave it to the pros!
Cuticle oil is your friend
Massaging cuticle oil into your nails and the surrounding skin will provide nourishing moisture for smoother, softer, more supple cuticles. Try essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil, $24.99.
It’s not all about the nail colour
essie basecoats act as a foundation for nails and will help polish go on smoothly and adhere properly. Failure to use one can result in dry, stained nails. There are different types of base coat to match all nail types and needs, so be sure to choose the best coat for you. Additionally, a topcoat maintains the high gloss shine of your manicure and adds to its longevity. Apply it every second day to prolong your manicure.
Don’t cut hang nails
You never want to cut the skin. Dab on a little top coat to seal it down. Again, be sure to use essie apricot cuticle oil every day to keep cuticles and skin soft and smooth going forward.
Chips aren’t the end of the world
A quick recovery technique: dab the tiniest drop of nail polish remover over the smudge using the tip of another finger. The remover thins out the surrounding polish to cover the smudge. Wait a minute, and then reapply with a thin layer of colour. Once it’s dry, apply your favorite essie topcoat.
Soapy dishwater can wreak havoc on manicures. Protect hands by wearing rubber gloves, and resist the urge to use your nails as tools for opening lids or peeling back labels.
Go with your instincts
When it comes to choosing a big-day colour, go for one that makes you feel radiant and beautiful. The most popular bridal shades are ballet or nude-pinks, but if you’d rather do something a little different, consider lilac, cornflower blue, a deep red or a crisp white.