Nail it on your wedding day with beautifully manicured fingertips. Bride and Groom spoke to beauty therapist Jess Bruce from Gloss Hair and Beauty Boutique, Shepparton, for tips on how to look polished from your thumb to your toe.
Jess believed acrylic nails had lost popularity. “In my opinion it’s fading out,” she said. “I think it is very harmful for the nail.” “Even one application of acrylic nails can destroy the nail bed,” she said. “To repair itself it can take six months for the nail to reach the fresh root of the nail.”
Jess uses Bio Sculpture Gel on her clients, which is a formula designed to go on the natural nail. “The fantastic thing of the gel is that it naturally bends and grows with the nails,” she said. “There are different gels for different nail beds such as short nails, long nail or weak nails. It’s great for when a client is trying to grow or strengthen their nails.” She recommended brides who had short or weak nails who wanted to grow and strengthen them to start gel applications six months prior to the wedding date. “It’s not a one application fix — it’s a period of six months to get the natural nail where you want it to be,” she said. “It’s like your hair or your skin when you start treating your hair or start getting facials.”
Jess said shellac was introduced after gel and is a gel-based polish. “It’s the same sort of procedure — we have to cure it under a lamp,” she said. “Shellac is like a gel, you put it on the natural nail and you do not do tips. “It’s not as expensive so it would be good for a bride on a budget.” She said shellac was also a good option for a bride who was already happy with their natural nails. “Shellac can’t be built up and made thicker as we could with gels,” she said. “But overall, both options are great and we have a lot of colours to choose from.”
Jess said the current colour trend for brides was nude and avoiding bright colours such as red or purple. She advised against long nails and traditional French nails. “French nails have always been a bridal nail but I don’t find that as popular these days,” she said. “If I do a French, I might do a little bit of glitter to make it a bit more modern. “I love jazzing it up a bit with some gold foil, sequins, diamanties — but I don’t go overboard.” Jess said while some brides have a bit of fun with nails, most brides chose a conservative look for their wedding day.
• If you want to strengthen and grow your nails but a six-month gel procedure is out of your budget, use a nail hardener (Jess’ favourite is Dr Lewinn’s).
• A nail hardener is also recommended when you have an occupation that doesn’t allow gel or polish.
• Use a cuticle oil every day or as often as you can, Jess recommends twice a day.
• Watch what you do at home — wash the dishes with gloves and watch what chemicals are on your hands.
• Get the look you want for your wedding day one or two days prior.