Your nails will never be more important then they are from the moment you get engaged until your wedding day. Everyone will be looking at your hands, which means it’s time to step up your manis and have some fun with the looks you choose.
If anyone knows nails it’s the experts at CND, creators of the long-wear gel shellac manicure, and recently-launched Shellac Luxe (which offers all the goodness of a traditional shellac but can be removed from nails after just 60 seconds of soak time). We recently had a chance to chat with CND founder Jan Arnold and newly-appointed Canadian ambassador Jessica Mulroney about what’s haute for brides when it comes to nail styling.
“The modern bride is very individual in how she approaches her wedding,” Arnold shares. “Everything about the event is an expression of personal style and individual taste and that includes the nail look. Because of this, I definitely see brides pushing it a little more with their wedding look than they have in the past.”
Arnold says she loves seeing more women stepping it up and experimenting with colour and nail art. One of her favourite bridal styles of the moment is rocking a long, sleek pointy almond-shaped nail with a crystal clear tip finished with a subtle fishnet pattern, tiny crystal details and even bold pearl embellishments. “I love applying tiny pearls along the cuticle line or adding a bit of chrome to a beautiful white nail to make it a little cooler and fashion forward. For me, nails are about fashion and fashion is fun so people shouldn’t be afraid to get playful!”
Mulroney also sees brides getting a little more daring while still favouring a neutral palette of white, cream and pink. “From the moment you become engaged, your bridal nail journey begins,” she says. “Your hands become such a focal point from engagement onward that you need to make them a priority.” Though she personally favours a soft palette of polish shades for brides, Mulroney loves the idea of incorporating a pop of colour into your nail look for your wedding day with a pale, pretty blue being her top pick. She also loves the idea of making nails the key accessory to your wedding dress. “If you have a lot of crystals on your gown, why not extend that feel to your nails with some subtle embellishments? You nails then become your ultimate bridal fashion accessory!”