Wedding-Day Manicure & Hand Care Routine

Without exception, all brides want to have a wedding-day manicure that makes their hands look beautiful and that coordinates with the wedding details and ensemble, to achieve this, you'll need to select a color that is both classic and neutral.

A soft shade of pink will look lovely, if you're carrying a pastel bouquet, for example, or a deep red for a wedding with a bolder color palette; this would also be stunning if you plan to marry during the Holidays! To start getting your nails in their best form, begin to schedule regular manicures at least six months before your wedding. During this time, you can experiment with different nail colors, so you can have an idea of what will and won't work for your wedding-day manicure.

If you plan to marry in the Spring or Summer, a neutral shade looks beautiful on hands with long nails and will last longer. The added advantage is that, if you should happen to get any chips, they won't be as obvious! However, if you'll be marrying during the Fall or Winter months, a dark, sexy red or brown wedding-day manicure looks stunning on shorter, square-shaped nails.

If you enjoy the classical elegance of the French manicure, this is also wedding appropriate. For a fun and unique take on the French mani, you could choose a reverse French (the darker shade goes on the tip, while the base of the nail is neutral).

Wedding Day French Manicure

Now for those of you that are thinking that you can't afford to have weekly visits to the salon to get your nails done, you're in for a treat. I'm going to show you, how you can give yourself a do-it-yourself manicure spa treatment at home, every week and if you want to, you can repeat this process the night before your wedding day. This will save you a decent amount of money in the long run, that you can then use towards something else you'll be needing for the big day!

3-Step Hand Care & Wedding-Day Manicure Routine

This manicure will take just a few minutes to perform, but it will keep your hands and nails looking and feeling good for the rest of the week. All of the items needed are readily available from pharmacists and beauty supply stores; before you begin with the following instructions, prepare your nails by filing and shaping them before washing and immersing them in water!

You will need:
1. soap
2. a nail brush
3. bowl of warm water
4. Lavender or Chamomile essential oils
5. cuticle cream, I like Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
6. an orange stick
7. your favorite rich hand cream
8. an emery board

Step 1
Wash your hands thoroughly in soapy water, then scrub the nails gently with a soft nail brush. This increases the blood circulation to the nails and encourages healthy growth. Immerse your clean hands in a bowl of warm water containing 2 drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil. Leave them to soak for two minutes.

Step 2
Apply cuticle cream to the base of each nail and massage it well into the nail bed to encourage blood flow and healthy growth. Continue massaging for about a minute, using circular movements, then gently push the cuticles back with an orange stick.

Step 3
Apply a rich moisturizer to the hands and massage it in well. If you are giving yourself a manicure at night, apply some petroleum jelly in the same way, put on cotton gloves, and leave it to be absorbed overnight - this is a wonderful moisturizing treatment for dry skin.

Optional: You could apply your favorite nail polish by simply skipping the above treatment and applying your nail color followed by a top coat. This simple yet effective method, will make your hands and nails look beautiful. If you don't want the expense of the salon for your wedding-day manicure, just use this money saving routine instead.
Now, if you'd like to add this additional hand treatment, to your weekly manicure routine, the results will be even better!

Olive Oil Treatment for Hands
This home remedy is excellent for dry hands and is also good for eczema. Choose organic extra virgin olive oil for greatest benefit and apply it at night.

3 tbsp. (45ml) olive oil
3 drops orange essential oil
2 drop frankincense essential oil

Mix all three oils together and store in a dark glass bottle.

Apply the mixture generously all over the hands and massage it in thoroughly. Put on a pair of cotton gloves and leave them on overnight. In the morning, message your hands again before wiping away the excess oil with tissue. Rinse your hands thoroughly and pat dry.

Remember, to start with this hand care routine at least six months before the wedding, this will give you sufficient time to improve the appearance and texture of the skin on your hands. In addition to weekly manicures and hand treatments, be sure to protect your hands by wearing gloves while outside in cold weather, and use rubber gloves while cleaning or washing dishes, to prevent your nails from chipping and your skin from chapping that detergents can cause.

It is also important for you to keep your hands moist and hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using hand creams, so stash a hand lotion in your car, purse, desk, night table, near your kitchen sink and bathroom lavatory to keep your hands soft and smooth. You'd be surprised to see the difference a good hand cream can make on the appearance of your hands, so apply it throughout the day to ensure that your hands are soft and smooth for your wedding-day manicure.

As a final word of advice, try to invest in a good hair, skin and nails vitamin supplement and buy a fortifying clear top coat. You'll want to apply this top coat a few times a week to help your nails stay strong and to keep your weekly manicures looking fresh, including your wedding-day manicure. The vitamins will help you to grow long nails that are strong and durable. Follow these tips and techniques faithfully and you will have beautiful looking hands for your wedding day!

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