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A Cornucopia of Nails Trends for Weddings



Industry expert Katie Saxton explains the variety of looks.



Published October 21, 2013
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By Katie Saxton
President
Custom Nail Solution



 
Wedding season is in full-bloom, and bridal parties everywhere are scrambling to get everything prepared for the big day. For all the beautiful brides-to-be and bridesmaids trying to figure out how to jazz up their nails for the wedding,we have them covered. Here's the latest buzz on special event nails:
 
 
1.    Elegant “I Do” Mani: You can never go wrong with white, gold, or silver on the big wedding day! Paint your nails any or all of these colors to wow the crowd at the ceremony! Choose a solid coat of sparkly gold, shimmery silver, or white, or wear all of these hues, one on each nail.
 
2.    Diagonal Pop-Of-Dress-Color Mani: This is a fab and fun manicure for all the bridesmaids! To do this classy design, choose a polish in the same hue as the bridesmaid dresses. Stick a piece of tape diagonally across each of your nails and paint the tips with the colored polish, then remove the tape while the polish is still wet. After the tips dry, add a clear topcoat to each nail. The nails will all have diagonal tips that match the bridesmaid dresses. Brides can also do this design, as long as they choose white, gold, or silver nail polish for the tips. This lovely manicure will add an extra touch of cohesion and beauty to the bridal party!
 
3.    Bridal Accent Nails: The accent nail is such a huge trend, and this look is perfect for the bride and bridesmaids! For the bridesmaids: paint all of your nails white, leaving the ring finger nail free of any polish. Then paint the "accent" ring finger nails with polish in the same hue as the bridesmaid dress. For the bride: make sure to have white polish, gold polish, nail glue, and one large clear "diamond" jewel on hand. Paint all of the nails white except for the right ring finger nail and let dry, then add a coat of clear polish to the left hand's nails. Using a toothpick, paint a wide oval gold "wedding band" on the left "accent" ring finger nail. Let dry, then glue the "diamond" nail jewel at the top of the gold wedding band. On the right hand, paint a coat of gold polish on the ring finger nail. Add a clear topcoat to all of the right hand nails to complete the look.
 
4.    Classy Caviar Nails: Caviar nails exude classiness and style, and this look is perfect for the whole bridal party! For the bridesmaids: make sure to have polish in the same hue as your bridesmaid dress on-hand, as well as a jar of microbeads in the same color. Pour the microbeads in a bowl, then paint your nails with a coat of the colored polish and let dry. Paint one more coat of the polish to each nail, and, while the polish is still wet, hold your hand over a tray and pour the colored microbeads on each nail. Gently pat the microbeads so they stick to the wet polish and let dry. 
 
For the bride: make sure you have white polish, a jar of white microbeads, a jar of silver microbeads, and a jar of gold microbeads. Pour equal amounts of each jar of microbeads into a bowl and mix together. Then, paint one hand's nails with a coat of white polish and let dry. Add one more coat of white to each nail and, while the polish is wet, hold your hand over a tray and pour the white, gold, and silver microbeads on each nail. Gently pat the microbeads so they stick to the wet polish and let dry. Repeat the process with the other hand. Now the bridal party's nails are ready for the big day!
 
5.    Wedding Tape Mani: This wedding day manicure will definitely wow the audience! For the bridesmaids: paint your nails in the same hue as your bridesmaid dress. For the brides-to-be, paint your nails either shimmery silver or gold. Take thin pieces of tape and place them on the first nail in a geometric pattern. Paint over the nail and tape strips with a coat of white polish and, while the polish is still wet, remove the tape strips. Let dry then add a clear topcoat. Do this process for the rest of the nails, and voilà! A fabulous wedding day mani that sure to turn heads at the ceremony and reception!
 
6.    Bride’s Veil Stamped Mani: Pulling back the bride’s veil is a staple part of every wedding. Celebrate this tradition with an elegant Bride's Veil Stamped mani! Before you do this design, make sure you have gold polish, white polish, clear topcoat, and a nail stamp kit with a lace stamping plate on hand. We like the Nail Art Stamping Set by Shany Cosmetics. Paint your nails gold and let dry, then place white polish over the lace design on the stamping plate, and use the nail kit’s scraper to rid the plate of excess polish. While the white polish is still wet, place the stamper over the plate so the lace design transfers, then press the stamper down on the nail. Do this until each nail is adorned with a lovely white lace design against a gold background. Finish the look by adding a clear topcoat to each nail.
 
7.    Wedding Day Water Marble Mani: An elegant white, gold, and silver water marble mani is perfect for the whole bridal party! To do this intricate and eye-catching design, start off with a cup of room temperature water, a bottle of white polish, a bottle of silver polish, and a bottle of gold polish, as well as tape and several toothpicks. Place tape around the edge of the first nail, covering the cuticles. Add two drops of white to the water and let spread, then a drop of gold polish in the middle of the white polish, and add one more drop of silver in the middle of the gold. Then, take a toothpick and drag the edges of the polish to the center of the circle. Press your nail into the design, use a toothpick to scrape excess polish away from the edges of the nail, and take the nail out of the water. Then remove the tape and let dry. Use a toothpick to clear the polish from the top of the water, and repeat the process with the rest of the nails. The end result: a lovely wedding-day mani that will be the talk of the ceremony!
 
Let’s not forget about fab and funky nail art for the bachelorette party!
 
1.    Dazzling Zebra Bachelorette Nails: This mani will get your nails ready for an exciting bachelorette party with all the girls! Before you do this design, make sure you have hot pink polish, black polish, clear topcoat, and a nail stamp kit with a zebra stripes stamping plate on hand. We like the Nail Art Stamping Set by Shany Cosmetics. Paint your nails hot pink and let dry, then place black polish over the zebra stripes design on the stamping plate, and use the nail kit’s scraper to rid the plate of excess polish. While the black polish is still wet, place the stamper over the plate so the zebra stripes design transfers, then press the stamper down on the nail. Do this until each nail is adorned with sexy and sassy black zebra stripes. Finish the look by adding a clear topcoat to each nail.
 
2.    Funky Feather Bachelorette Nails: Hot pink and black feather boas are staple bachelorette party favors. Add fuzzy feathery fun to your nails for the big night out on the town! Paint your nails with a clear topcoat, then sprinkle hot pink and black flocking powder on each nail. Gently tap each nail to make the flocking powder stick. The end result: a funky and fabulous feather mani that's ready for an exhilarating night on the town!
 
3.    Smokin’ Hot Polka Dots: Ensure your nails are ready for bachelorette party fun with a hot pink and black polka dot mani! To do this nail design, first paint your nails hot pink and let dry. Then, using a toothpick, paint little black dots on all of the nails. Let dry, then add a clear topcoat to complete the look.

About the expert:
Katie Saxton is a nail beauty and health expert and founder of Custom Nail Solutions


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