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#1 Test them out 

Just like you'd try out your wedding dress, you also want to try out different polishes. For example, that pink shade you love might not go with your skin tone. If you want to carry it a step further, try the colour out for a couple weeks prior to the wedding to make sure you like it. 

 

#2 Skip stiletto nails

Stiletto nails look cool, fierce and glamorous but you'll want to steer clear of them for the big day, for obvious reasons. Not only are they prone to breaking, those sharp points are dangerous too. Plus, you might accidentally put a hole in your delicate tulle or lace wedding dress. 

 

#3 And nail dangles

These dainty charms add oomph to your digits and engagement ring snaps. But there's always the possibility of your delicate wedding dress fabric snagging on the clasp or hook - the last thing you'll want to be doing is trying your darndest to free your nail while your groom's about to put your ring on! 

 

#4 Consider getting a gel manicure

Gel manicures dry pretty much instantly and are pretty much the answer to chip-free nails - they can last for a few weeks. The only drawback? It's more of a hassle to remove them and are pricier than regular manis. You should also get them done about 2 to 3 days before the big day as the gel will lose its shine gradually as time passes. 

See also: GEMSTONE-INSPIRED TO ARTSY FLORALS: 12 ON-TREND IDEAS FOR BRIDAL NAILS

 

#5 Do your due diligence

The most gorgeous nail art wouldn't look as fabulous if you turn up at the salon with badly bitten nails or damaged cuticles. Have the habit of biting your nails? Do your best to kick the habit in the months leading up to the big day. Refrain from picking at hangnails or peeling broken nails too, unless you're ready for a nasty infection to take place. Use cuticle oils regularly to keep your nails healthy and strong. 

 

#6 Don't freak out

And be prepared. Say you do get a chip mid way into your celebration. Stash your nail polish bottle into your beauty bag for emergency touch-ups but even if you don't, a chipped nail is barely worth ruining the mood of your special day for. 

See also: WEDDING IN A WEEK? HERE'S HOW TO CLEAR UP YOUR SKIN

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