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The Ultimate Bridal Nail

Brides have a lot to stress about on their wedding day — why not alleviate some of that worry by working with her to create the perfect set of bridal nails. These seven designs can be customized to match her wedding colors, flowers, or theme, and let her get some stellar photos with her new ring.

“This design for the ultimate bridal nail was modeled after a Tiffany & Co. Legacy engagement ring.” — Jamie Lyn Valentine-Hess, Valentine’s Salon & Day Spa, Greencastle, Pa.

1.  Apply CND Shellac UV Base Coat. Cure for 10 seconds. Apply one coat of CND Shellac Negligee. Cure for two minutes. Apply CND Shellac Cream Puff (or use polish) to the free edge to make a thin straight-across French. If you used Shellac, cure for two minutes. Apply Shellac UV Top Coat. Cure for two minutes. Remove the inhibition layer.
2. Use a silver striper to add a horizontal line where the pink and white meet.
3. In the middle of the line, draw a silver square.
4. Use an iridescent glitter striper to draw a smaller square inside of the first.
5. Apply silver glitter to the edges of the square. Apply top coat. 


“It’s the ultimate bridal nail because it’s versatile. You can match the color of the chevron French to the bridesmaids’ dress color or use the same lace as that on the wedding dress. It’s simple but elegant. Just four steps and your client can have customized bridal nails for her special day.” — Vickie Chilla, Salon Therapy, Eustis, Fla.

1. Polish the nail in one coat of OPI Tijuana Dance.
2. Add two coats of OPI DS Elegance on the free edge in a V-shape to create a chevron French. (Any color can be used here, so consider matching one of the bride’s wedding colors.)
3. Cut lace to fit the chevron. Make sure the polish is dry before you apply the lace. To apply the lace, first apply a thin layer of clear polish on the chevron, then position the lace on top. Trim the lace to fit.
4. Apply three teardrop-shaped rhinestones and one round rhinestone. Do not use top coat.

“This is the ultimate bridal nail inspired by lace, because lace is so popular on wedding dresses. It is elegant and finely detailed, as everything associated with a wedding should be.” — Julie Ventura, Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.

1. Polish the nail a light shimmering pink. Apply white paint on the free edge in a V-shape to create a chevron French.
2. With a thin brush and white paint, add a V (matching the V of the French) below the French. Add a curved line as shown, leaving a gap between it and the thin V.
3. Between the curved line and the thin V, make a criss-cross pattern by drawing overlapping Xs.
4. Below the criss-cross pattern, create half-moon shapes along the curved line. Add tiny dots between the French and the thin V. Add mid-size dots inside the half-moons. Add a mix of tiny and large dots just outside the half-moons. Apply top coat. Use white acrylic to create three petals on the side. Add a small rhinestone in the center of the petals. 


“I call this design ‘blush of beauty.’ It incorporates pink, a perennial favorite, plus two lovely flowers.” — Hahn Lisa Doan, Long’s Nails Spa, Victorville, Calif.

1. Polish the nail pink. Add a coat of sheer gold polish at a diagonal. Double-load a flat brush with burgundy and white paint, then push and wiggle it to create a petal. Use this technique to make a second petal.
2. Create two five-petaled flowers using this technique. Double-load a brush with green and yellow paint to create a leaf.
3. Add green vines. Outline the flowers, leaves, and vines in dark purple. Add a line of purple dots next to the vine. Add three purple dots in between the two flowers. Add clusters of yellow dots around the flowers. Apply top coat.

Next page: Three more ultimate bridal nails, plus tips for creating your own

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