It is interesting how important your hands become as soon as you become engaged!! That is why the logical choice for part one of DIY Wedding Makeover is…
Have a Spring Hand Makeover in the Comfort of Your Home (ehow)
• Clip any excess length from each nail.
• File in one direction to shape each nail in an oval or squared-off shape.
• Apply cuticle cream to the base of your nails and push away skin from each nail to reveal a new healthy nail base.
• Clip any loose skin away from the edges of your nails. Be careful to clip only dead skin.
• Exfoliate your hands with a gentle scrub and wash away the residue.
• Massage lotion gently onto your hands. Remove excess lotion from your nails with a cotton ball and nail polish remover before you apply polish.
• Apply a clear base coat on each nail. Brush on two coats of a bright spring color. Follow with a top coat on each nail. Allow a little time for nails to dry between coats, and let them dry completely before touching anything.
THE BEST SPRING 2012 NAIL TRENDS (HarpersBazaar)
The big news with nails this season: nude is in. After an excess of neon and oddball colors, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction with an emphasis on pretty, wearable shades of cream and beige. That’s not to say there aren’t bold patterns and bright moments to be enjoyed—this is spring, after all—but it’s all about classic reds, chic corals, soft pastels, and mellow yellows mixed in with cool ombre and metallic designs. Welcome to your most flattering manicure season yet.
Minimalist colors made the biggest statement of all. Creamy shades of gray, white, pale pink, and soft beige looked refreshing on models fingers, contrasting against the many printed clothing and accessories. Perfection is key with these shades, though—no chips, scuffs or slacking on the upkeep—and a rounded shape helps elongate your hands.
Have you heard about Gel Polishes? -WOW! They will keep your nails perfect for up to three weeks. You have to have your nails soaked in acetone to get the polish off, but worth it to have chip free nails for weeks!
And don’t forget the reason we are dolling up the hands…
Engagement ring care (www.projectwedding.com)
Cleaning: For diamond engagement ring care, simply soak in warm water for at least 30 minutes using a liquid detergent. Another method for engagement ring care regarding diamond settings involves soaking your ring in a solution consisting of 50 parts ammonia and 50 parts cool water. Once out of the solution, use a soft brush to tap the front and back of the ring, in hopes of loosening any dirt. Rinse again in the solution, and then pat dry.
Wedding Ring Prongs: Engagement ring care also means that you should treat ring prongs to a bit of tender loving care. Over time, they can become weakened, bent or loose. Check your stone by holding it up to your ear and slightly tapping it. A loose stone will produce a slight rattling sound. To prevent loss of your stone, have a trusted jeweler inspect your engagement ring, provide a professional cleaning, and look over your prongs.
A few simple steps, and a few new shades of 2012 color, and you will save hundred of dollars! Have fun showing off that ring!!