It is natural that everybody wants to look at their best on their wedding day. From doing one’s hair, to finding the perfect footwear to match every wedding outfit – everything has to be taken care of. The way you deck-up your nails is one of the most important aspects of a head-to-toe make up and nowadays, thanks to the options available in bridal nail art, you can add extra glam to your fingernails. But unfortunately, most Indian brides in this day and age, still go for the bland maroon or red nail paint.
While there are a number of high end nail boutiques that offer high end bridal makeup for nails, you yourself can figure out what would work for you on your BIG day.
So here are some notes on bridal nail art, not just for your own wedding but also for a friend’s wedding for, they say, ‘If you’ve got it, you better flaunt it’.
- Base Coat: No nail polishing exercise should begin without a base coat. Although this seems trivial and unnecessary, base coats are important as they protect your nails from getting damaged. Nail polish left on too long, or bad quality nail polish can cause your nails to turn yellow. Yellow nails indicate that your nails are not getting adequate oxygen and as a result you might have to deal with something as serious as fungal infection.
- Color Choice: When it comes to choosing a color why go with typical red or maroon when the whole palette is yours? Contrasting shades look great, especially if the wedding outfit is of a lighter color. If you are up for it, you can also apply more than one color to a nail, or use alternate colors. Mixing bold and metallic colors is also an option, although different textures reflect differently to light. Considering the fact that weddings are brilliantly lit, you should do a test photo of yourself to ensure that the nail paint doesn’t appear strange in photographs, or glint. After all, when it comes to weddings, you can’t take chances.
- Textured Nail Colors: Nowadays textured nail paints with a cracking effect as well as other effects are also readily available. Brands such as GOSH, Colorbar, Illamasqua, Ciate have shades and ranges in textured nail paints.
- The ‘Half Dry’ Effect: Half dry nails are sticky and beat any other small objects can be stuck onto them. Ciate, a popular grooming company has launched one such brand named Caviar Manicure, which claims to be a 3-D nail kit with beads stuck on the nail color. Always remember – infinitely small objects in comparison to the nail size to look really good rather than big clunky ones. Half dry nails hold glitter as well as beads and imprints of nice textured flexible objects. So, let your imagination run wild.
- Sponge: Sponge can be used to dab nail polish onto specific areas of the nails. Sponge works unlike cotton because while cotton sticks to the nail paint, sponge absorbs the nail paint but doesn’t stick. You can pour a bit of nail paint onto a flat dish and use it. Incidentally, acetone (nail polish remover) also acts as nail paint thinner when used in small quantities and thus can be used to tone down colors while using this technique. The nail polish to be used with sponge needs to be picked carefully as some are too thick and will retain the texture of the sponge. Glitter nail paints work well with sponge.
- Brush: A thin paint brush can be used to create designs. Just remember to wash the brush with acetone and then water once you are done as a brush left to dry will get spoiled and harden. The big challenge with brushes is using the right hand nails (for right-handed people) and left hand nails (for left-handed people), though a good friend can definitely help you out.
- Nail Art Pens: Nowadays, nail art pens are available in the market in many colors. They resemble a whitener tube and work as effectively. However, with nail art pens one must remember not to press down too hard otherwise it creates indents in the color applied below and the finishing look is not smooth.
- Top Coat: A top coat of clear nail paint helps prevent chipping and fading. It also increases the sheen and makes the nail smooth to touch. It protects the nail art from weather damage and water damage for a longer duration.
- Professional Touch: Once you’ve decided on a pattern you like, if you are unhappy with your own outcome you can visit a professional boutique and ask them to mimic your style. Skimming through online brochures will help you think of newer techniques to try out and possibly help you decide what suits you the best.
Here’s hoping that you make the most of these bridal nail art tips and compliment your beautiful attire with equally stunning nails.