Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Day Manicure
I caught up with celebrity manicurist and Butter London Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes, when I got to sneak backstage at Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 runway show. Here, Katie’s advice on everything: from when to get your nails done to everything you can do in your power to shield them from chipping breaking, smudging, and peeling for the Big Day.
For the bride who has a colored gemstone in her engagement ring, (like me! Mine is emerald), how do you suggest choosing a nail color and/or nail art that will complement the ring on the big day?
I would suggest doing do a very delicate detail that’ not too matchy-matchy. For example, the Butter London Sweet Somethings Set ($35), which was used at Monique Lhuillier, includes an adorable confetti overcoat called Doily that looks really chic and still elegant. It’s basically like confetti in a bottle. It’s pretty and girly but not boring like sheer, pink nails. It’s really cool. You can do it over a color, or by itself. I just love it.
Is there a rule for coordinating your nails to your makeup? Spoiler alert: Say, I’m considering a dark lip for my wedding?
Ah, a dark lip like Kerry Washington. I’d say, if you’re going to do a dark lip, you should do a nude nail.
When is the ideal time to get your nails done for the Big Day?
Getting your nails done the day before the wedding is perfect timing. But I do suggest buying the lacquer you ended up using just in case you have any little chips the day of.
What products are a must for your day-of mani emergency kit?
Always pack a nail file, polish remover to help fix any chips or smudges. I like Butter London Scrubbers ($10) and the polish color you’re wearing.
For the nail biters out there (me again), what’s your scare tactic for helping us avoid gnawing at our nails when we have pre-wedding jitters? And what are some tips for repairing our damaged nails in preparation for the wedding?
Just imagine wearing the gorgeous dress and looking like a million bucks and then your nails don’t match. It can lower the entire look immediately. I would paint your nails in soft shades for a few weeks prior to the wedding. It will help you leave them alone. Also, a daily nail treatment that can be used as a base and top coat, will help strengthen your nails as a prep for the big day.
As for maid of honor and bridesmaid duties, what are the rules that they must be willing to follow to help a bride save her mani?
To help save a mani, bridesmaids should help with little things like clasping jewelry, zipping dresses, organizing paperwork, etc. The bride should do as little as possible on her wedding day.
Now, what’s your nail advice for me? What was the one saving grace that kept your manicure intact on your wedding day? And for all the single ladies, if you could dream up the perfect boda manicure, tell me: What color would it be?