Five tips to getting your nails bridal-ready

03 Nov 2016

Celebrity nail technician and Seven Seas ambassador Lucy Tucker details her top tips for getting your nails in shape and shares a tutorial for a half moon manicure

Ensure your nails are looking tip top ahead of your big day with this expert advice from celebrity nail technician Lucy Tucker.

1. Oil up

It can take up to six months for your nails to grow out from the cuticle bed to nail tip, so if your nails are in bad condition, it’s best to start treating them as soon as possible. Fingernails grow about 1/8 of an inch per month, so adding oils high in fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients will help with nail growth. It’s best to apply oil to clean nails before sleep so you can allow the oils to soak into the tissue overnight.

2. Update your tool-kit

Get the right tools. A boomerang nail file is great for reducing the thickness of nail extensions, but they allow smooth filing in awkward areas. I also always have an orange stick to hand - these can correct mistakes quickly when painting nails.

3. Top it off

Strengthen your nails by putting a teaspoon of finely chopped garlic into your base coat. Apply three times a week to natural nails for a quick fix. It strengthens nails really well (some people claim it also helps them grow faster) for a fraction of the cost of some of the top nail strengtheners. Also keep your nails protected by using a good quality top coat. Oh So Wet Quick Dry top-coat will make your nails shine for days and will help your manicure last.

4. Hand it over

Don’t neglect your hands in the run up to your wedding. Exfoliate twice a week and make sure to wear sunscreen on your hands. Also invest in a good hand cream - a personal favourite is Sisleya Global Anti-Age Hand Cream. Massaging hands not only helps you to relax but it will also boost your circulation and encourage nail growth.

5. Eat well

Diet is important for nail growth, so make sure you’re eating protein and good fats. To help maintain healthy, strong nails take a multivitamin rich in zinc and biotin like Seven Seas Perfect7 Woman. This has got the added bonus of being great for hair and the special formula provides effective absorption of nutrients in your body's cells to support you from the inside as you get older.

For a sparkle infused manicure that matches your engagement ring, watch Lucy's tutorial below:

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