Depending on your style, you may or may not want your nails to make a fashion statement all their own. For the bride who wants show-stopping nails, nail art has become an increasingly popular way for brides to add detail and a bit of pizazz to their wedding day ensemble. A manicurist has many talents; with a few strokes of a nail art brush he or she can transform every nail into a black and white tuxedo or turn white tips into little whiskered cats. Flowers, hearts, stars and polka dots are just a few examples of art that commonly adorns brides' freshly painted nails. Even three dimensional beads, bows and rhinestones are making their way onto brides' fingernails before they slip into their white dresses and walk down the aisle.
Choosing a specific design is another way to transform your nails into tiny works of art. There are countless ways to combine colors and textures to create a neat composition on every nail. All you need is an imagination and the help of a professional manicurist. Swirls of paint, zig-zags of color and geometric patterns are all popular designs with today's brides. Incorporate a blue stripe into a nude polish to qualify as your something blue, or update a traditional French manicure with glitter tips in lieu of white. Mix and match designs to create a signature look that showcases your unique sense of style.
Nail art and designs aren't the only way to turn heads on your wedding day; sometimes all it takes is the right polish to pop against your white dress. Black nails, dark shades of purple and metallic hues are popular with fall and winter brides. Those tying the knot during spring and summer are selecting bright citrus shades, like tangerine, and pairing the polish with a matching shade of lipstick.
Since your ring finger is arguably your most important finger on your wedding day, consider polishing it with a bold color and muting the rest of your nails with a natural shade of pink. This design is a surefire way to highlight the symbol of the exciting life you're embarking on as a newlywed -- and your shiny new wedding band.
- Smith, Sarah. "Customize Your Own Nail Polish." Martha Stewart Weddings. March 30, 2012. (Aug. 6, 2012) http://thebridesguide.marthastewartweddings.com/2012/03/customize-your-own-nail-polish.html
- The Knot. "Your Nails: Get Wedding Ready." (Aug. 6, 2012) http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-beauty-tips/wedding-pampering-relaxation/articles/wedding-ready-nails.aspx
- The Knot. "Your Nails: The At-Home Manicure." (Aug. 6, 2012) http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-beauty-tips/wedding-pampering-relaxation/articles/the-at-home-manicure.aspx