Picking the perfect shade for your and your bridesmaids nails can be a huge challenge. Most brides do not want something over the top or a shade they will look back on in years with disgust. Whilst many brides tend to stick to pale pink, French or white nails, there are also cute choices that might just give you some extra (and tasteful) sparkle.
I recently travelled overseas and was in much need of some nail attention. I'm usually one to just go to a salon and get some shellac put on. However, I was super busy in transit and instead went to the M.A.C Cosmetics section at the airport to find a quick polish fix. I don't normally like just nail polish as I have weak nails and I find it chips of really easily. I was desperate so I tested the gorgeous and limited range of nail lacquers that Mac had on display. To my surprise, I simply fell in love. Not only would this save me a fortune in shellac, I couldn't stop admiring my nails!
The colours were unique and sparkly and the shades did not look tacky or cheap. With a mix of fine glitter and slightly larger circular glitter your nails are completely covered in glam. Every way you turn your nails you get a different shade, texture and effect. With three coats on my nails felt strong, the colour was solid and it is really was quite hard to chip them. The finish was also surprisingly smooth and did not irritate me (usually I'd pick away if something stuck out!)
Mac's new collection has 36 new shades. Here are my favourites for weddings:
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers in Soiree (2-3 coats): A warm golden bronze soiree of metallic copper with hints of rose gold. The consistency was thick but was applied without problems. Dried to a light shiny finish. (US$12 for 0.34 fl. oz.)
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers Quick Million (2-3 coats): Glittery pale gold with hexagonal flecks of coppery rose gold glitter. The consistency was slightly thick when applying but if you apply the coats slowly and wait for each coat to dry separately the finish is reasonably smooth. If you apply to quickly it will be noticeably chunky. The finished look gives the impression of rose gold champagne or some gorgeous Jimmy Choo heels!
MAC Studio Heirloom Mix (2-3 coats): Silver soiree with flecks of blue and pink glitter. This looks like silvery gold and perfect for a wedding as not too over the top.
How To Apply To Your Wedding
Book an appointment with your nail technician and have them test it on you. Once you are happy with the finish, lock in an appointment for a day or two prior to the wedding for you and your bridesmaids. Have them apply the polish along with a bit of a mani and tidy up. Then, bring the polish along with you on your wedding day. That way if someone ruins a nail, you can always quickly touch it up!
This will be MUCH cheaper than paying for acrylic or shellac for you and your bridal party. Plus, you'll all look amazing and can keep the polish as a memento after the day!!
(Images Sourced From: MAC Cosmetics, Temptalia, Vanity Rouge)