Show of hands (pun intended): How many of you brides out there LOVE getting manicures? Could it be with that new bauble on your ring finger, you feel a little more pride in those digits, as well as a little pressure to have well manicured hands when people stop to admire your engagement ring? All of the sudden, you've become a hand model! Well, I can't say that I blame you.
When there's the extra perk of an engagement ring on your hand, that little treat seems more necessary than before. While some sources claim that weekly mani's and pedi's are a must for the bride-to-be, and personally, I would love to get them that often, I know that it isn't always possible.
For some time now, regular manicures and pedicures have been a part of my routine, so I've tried many, MANY products. So, if a weekly visit to the salon isn't in the cards (or even if it is!) I present to you, some of the best products I've found on the market that will make those mani's and pedi's last longer, while giving you picture-perfect bridal nails.
Nail Color: Essie Mademoiselle
This delightfully sheer and subtle pink will makes your hands look fresh and natural, and wont distract admirers from your ring, your dress, or YOU, the blushing bride. Since the consistency of the Essie line of polish isn't too thick or goopy, it will dry quicker so you are less likely to smudge. I also suggest a single coat. Try it out in the weeks before your wedding. If you decide you want more coverage, go for two.
Bonus: If disaster strikes and you chip a nail prior to the wedding, the color is so natural no one would notice.
Other Essie color choices: No Pre-Nup (love the name) and Ballet Slippers.
Top Coat: Healthy Hoof Lacquer
Cuticle Care: ORLY Cuticle Oil
Hand lotion: Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Bonus: The 2.5 oz container is also airplane carry-on friendly for use en route to your honeymoon.
Toe Color: OPI Tickle Me-Francey
Bonus: This neutral shade will take you into your honeymoon with style. Should you be beach-bound, which just decimates a good pedicure polish, no one will notice a chip out this color either, unlike a red, pink or plum shade on your toes.
Tip: Pack a few disposable nail polish remover pads into your luggage for your honeymoon. If all that action is just too much for your polish and you can't get yourself to a nail salon, just remove the old and put on some top coat for protection and shine.
There you have 'em! My tips for the perfectly polished bride.