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Preserving Your Polish

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2003

The day before your wedding is generally the best time to have a manicure and pedicure. "Your nails will have plenty of time to dry but will still look fresh for the following day," says manicurist Deborah Lippman of New York City. These tips will help keep your polish intact. Resist the urge to dash out of the salon; let your nails dry thoroughly before you leave -- at least twenty minutes. Always wear sandals for a pedicure -- if it's cold outside, bring a pair to wear out the door. Even after your nails are dry, let others do your dirty work. Do not wash dishes, and ask a bridesmaid or relative to help you with snaps, buttons, zippers, hair clips, or bands, which can chip your polish. You may feel a bit like a prima donna, but if ever there was a time for others to fuss over you, it's now.



Trade Secret: The Best Way to Prep Nails
If you're doing your own manicure, buff your nails lightly before applying polish. This creates an even surface, which makes polish less prone to nicks and chips. Simply pass a buffer tool lightly over each nail a couple of times. Chip-hiding colors The most popular shades of nail polish for brides -- sheer ivories, pinks, peaches, and beiges -- are ideal because chips in these colors don't show up as much as they do with dark, opaque colors. Shimmery polishes may be even more long wearing because the particles in them that cause the iridescent or pearly effect adhere especially well to nails.

Chip-Hiding Colors
The most popular shades of nail polish for brides -- sheer ivories, pinks, peaches, and beiges -- are ideal because chips in these colors don't show up as much as they do with dark, opaque colors. Shimmery polishes may be even more long wearing because the particles in them that cause the iridescent or pearly effect adhere especially well to nails.