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20 Manicures Worthy of a Spring Wedding

If you’re walking down the aisle in these upcoming Spring and Summer months, then there’s no doubt that you already have a ton of wedding-related decisions to make in the near future. The cake, the venue, the flowers–with all these things to think about, the wedding-planning process can inevitably feel overwhelming.

And as your big day approaches closer, no doubt deciding on the style of your wedding manicure is at the bottom of your to-do list. Luckily, we’ve scanned Instagram to come up with the trendiest, prettiest, and most delicate Spring and Summer-time manicure styles fit for wedding season. Take a look at the beautiful options below!

1. The Embroidered Look

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London-based nail studio Dry By London calls this dainty look “Embroidery”. Described as a “romantic white-gold freehand pattern”, this design gets it inspiration from classic embroidered bridal veils.

2. Porcelain Pink Peonies


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If you want a nail look that matches your bouquet, opt for a manicurist who specializes in delicate hand-painted designs, like the one above. But make sure you vet your nail tech in advance to verify that they can pull of a more complex design. Some nail techs prefer to stick with solids.

3. Minimalist Yellow Tulips

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Another floral look, this nail design is perfect for a bride who has a springtime wedding but would like a little more color on her nail bed.

4. Red is the new white

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This look is for the bride-to-be who just isn’t a fan of the traditional bridal nudey-pink nail color. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing wrong with rocking a red nail for your wedding day. Especially a minimal-yet-glam look like the one above. In fact, red and white are an extremely elegant color pairing.

5. Love Letters


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What better way to celebrate the union of two lives than by commemorating it on your nail-bed? Another look by the Dry By London salon, they call this look “Love Letters”, and its low-key look that even the least-experienced nail tech could pull off.

6. The Quirky Floral Mani

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This nail look is perfect for the bride who wants her manicure to reflect her quirky personality. There’s no reason to shy away from a busier nail design. It’s your wedding, after all.

7. Mexican Embroidery

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New York-based nail artist Betina Goldstein says this look is inspired by “hand embroidered Mexican dresses”. This is the perfect way to give a subtle nod to your cultural history on your special day.

8. The Nod to Nature


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If you’re getting married in the springtime, then this might be the perfect manicure for your wedding day. Springtime is the time of growth and renewal–what better way to reflect the optimism of the day than by celebrating it on your hands?

9. Crazy for Daisies

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Another Spring-inspired manicure, this look would be especially perfect for a bride who has this sunny flower in her bridal bouquet. It’s romantic, light, and fun.

10. Crystal Pyramids

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This look was created by manicurist to the stars (including Gina Rodriguez), Karen Gutierrez. If you’re looking for a little more glitz and glam for your manicure, a rhinestone-encrusted look like this one might be the perfect minimal, classy design.

11. Ombré with Half-Moons


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If you’re feeling the ombré french-tip look but you want to kick it up a notch, try adding white half-moons to the base. The look is still sleek and simple, but the half-moon adds a bit more glamour to an otherwise minimalist look.

12. Cute-icles

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If you’re a bride who gravitates towards the trendy, opt for a nail design that incorporates cuticle-striping. Unlike the outdated french-tip look, cuticle-striping (especially a duo chrome look like the one above), a design concentrated at the base of the nail looks young, hip, and fresh.

13. Japanese Cherry Blossoms

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The blooming of Japanese cherry blossoms is strongly associated with the coming of spring and is a time for celebration in Japan. The flower symbolizes the circle of life and the passage of time–in other words, a perfect symbol for a day celebrating the permanent union of two lives.

14. Simple Stripe


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This nail art is perfect for the bride who believes less is more when it comes to her wedding look. This design is simple, but its purveys all of the elegance and refinement that a bride aims to channel on her big day.

15. Mini Dotted Flower Clusters

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Who wouldn’t want a replica of tiny bouquets painted on your fingertips? Use this design to duplicate your official flowers and in conjunction with your wedding’s color palette.

16. Tropical Island

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If your wedding is deeper into the summer, why not opt for a cute and classy tropical look on your nails? Even better if you’re headed to a beach getaway for your honeymoon.

17. Another Gold Band


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Keep it simple with a nude base color and a soft gold band painted around the middle of your nail bed. The effect is elegant and timeless.

18. Pressed Gold Leaf


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Gold leaf manicures are the perfect design for a wedding. While metallic nail polish can come off as a bit too New Years Eve-y for a bridal look, metallic leaf gives off a more austere, regal vibe. Metallic leaf is a fragile and relatively-complicated nail art supply so, again, make sure your nail tech is well-qualified.

19. White Lace

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Nothing says “bridal look” more than lace does. Mimic the pattern of your gown and veil by having your nail tech (or better yet–your “nail artist”) hand-paint a lace-like design on your nail beds.

20. Clean and Bright

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This look is perfect for the bride who isn’t huge on nail polish or manicures. This design mostly features your nail’s natural color, but has a little bit of fun by adding some wedding-white stripes to the nail bed. Not only is it pretty and minimal, but it will have you in and out of the nail salon in under 30 minutes–that way, you can spend more of your precious time focusing on last-minute wedding details.

Latinas Have Always Pushed The Envelope When It Comes To The Acrylic Nails Game

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Latinas Have Always Pushed The Envelope When It Comes To The Acrylic Nails Game

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Acrylic nails have been a long-time fashion staple. Many of us have those early memories of a tía, a vecina, mom, etc., rocking the long red nails. Today, fake nails are not just a passing fad, but they have become an essential part of pop-culture, wearable art. Most famously, Cardi B (who has worn acrylics since before she was famous and has remained loyal to her same nail artist Jenny Bui) is one of the celebrities that has captivated the world which her famous “sets” which, no doubt, has inspired millions of fans.

Acrylic nails have always and will continue to be a woman’s strongest style accessory.

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One of the most iconic sets is part of a special exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Back in the 90s, Lil Kim (the original Queen Bee) asked her manicurist – celebrity nail artist Bernadette Thompson – to add something different to the nail design for a photoshoot for the Junior M.A.F.I.A. single “Get Money.” Thinking on her feet, Thompson cut up a dollar bill and…the rest is history. Thompson is credited with moving nail art into the world of high fashion since she often had to fight against editors of Vogue, and other big-name fashion magazines, to feature the nail designs worn by the artist.

They can tell any story you want and make any statement you can imagine.

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However, acrylics have been here long before celebrities and Instagram. One of the most famous manicures has even held Olympic gold, thanks to Hall of Famer, Florence Griffith Joyner. “Flo Jo” – still considered the fastest women in history – not only was she an iconic Olympian, but she was also known for her distinctive fierce style and nails.

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If we look at the history of nail art, India is the first to put color on the map in 5000 B.C. and are credited with being the ones to dip fingertips in red henna, a practice which is still seen today.

Different cultures across the world have incorporated acrylic nails.

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But where did the concept of acrylic nails come from? The earliest traces can be found somewhere around 3000 B.C between Egypt and China. We can thank ancient Egyptians for almost every aspect of the beauty and cosmetics that we use today. They also introduced the notion of associating red with power and nobility. Noblemen and women would use berries to add red hues to their nails and if anyone from the lower class was caught with red nails, they were put to death. It is believed that the ancient royal Egyptians used ivory, gold, and bone to create extensions of their nails. Shorter nails implied that you needed your hands available to work, therefore, longer nails became a symbol of status, wealth and non-laboring hands.

Around the same time period, the ancient Chinese were the first to make a “permanent color stain” that would taint nails the same as nail polish does today. Here is also where we have the closest example to modern-day acrylics. The earliest dynasties created elaborate “fingernail guards” which gave the appearance of exaggerated long nails. The nail extensions were made of gold and precious gems; and as with the ancient Egyptians, long nails became a symbol of a someone that did not need their hands free for manual labor and therefore became a symbol of the ruling class. The ornate nails were usually worn on one hand, covering each finger (except the thumb) and only the most elite wore fingernail guards on both hands.

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In both Egypt and China, higher-ranking men and kings also sported the acrylics and nail polish. When King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922, among his treasures they found the royal red nail coloring still in a sealed bottle, and the paint was still good.

Ancient Greece also got in on early acrylic nails. They believed in the healing energy of the moon and favored the appearance of moon shape nails. Greek women would place pistachio nut shells over their nails and in order to give a pleasing round appearance.

In South America, the Incas of Peru, are said to have been the first to have actually created nail art, by adding a decorative element – an eagle – to their nails.

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Over time, artificial nails were slowly making their way throughout Europe and eventually made their way across the ocean.

In 1934, Dr. Maxwell Lappe – a dentist from Chicago – was working on a remedy to help his patients who bit their nails. Mixing two dental acrylic products – liquid and powder – he created Nu Nails. The mixture was thick and heavy, meant to create a hard nail protective covering.

However, these are the first official artificial nails documented in modern history.

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During the 1930s, starlets –  like Greta Garbo –  often tried to create their own “nail extensions” by wrapping foil around their fingers and then painting the foil red.

In 1957, twenty years after Nu Nails, another dentist – Dr. Frederick Slack – made a breakthrough. As the story goes, he broke his own nail and in order to create a temporary fix, he used dental acrylic and aluminum foil, and accidentally invented the first sculpted acrylic nail. The Slack family went on launch the modern acrylic nail industry and has since created several innovative products, including the first non-yellowing bonding formula, which is still used today.

The nail game is constantly growing and evolving.  Today, we are in an acrylic boom again, nails are not only a part of our fashion, but they can also be part of the larger conversation.

Your set can reflect your politics, religion, heritage etc.

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Acrylic nails and nail art aren’t going anywhere, they have been here since the days of B.C. and will most likely continue to always be part of our human story. Although women of color in the United States are often chastised for wearing long and elaborate nails, it has never stopped us from doing so, nor should it. We are walking in the traditions of ancient royals and nobility – men and women – so continue to hold your head high, pick your colors, add some bling and don’t be shy; tú dale, and make the ancient world proud…live boldly.

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Two Trans Latinas In New York Are Starting A Beauty Co-Op To Help Trans Women Build Their Businesses

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Two Trans Latinas In New York Are Starting A Beauty Co-Op To Help Trans Women Build Their Businesses

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Four years ago, Lesly Herrera Castillo and Joselyn Mendoza both had a vision to create a worker-owned makeup and hair salon for the trans Latino community in Jackson Heights, New York. It was ambitious and for them, it was necessary. For years, the duo faced racial and gender discrimination from employers. Their own community, Jackson Heights, was also becoming a problem as the area became the site of multiple anti-trans hate crimes in recent years. So they came together with a plan to open Mirror Beauty Cooperative in 2015.

The beauty shop would create numerous jobs for the local trans community but more importantly assist undocumented individuals who were denied opportunities due to their legal status. So Castillo and Mendoza made the important decision to register the business as a cooperative cooperation (co-op). This was done so the salon would basically be “worker-run” and there would be no need for things like social security numbers, an obstacle many undocumented workers face when applying to jobs. Instead, the salon will use individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs).

“The significance of the cooperative for me is that it’s an opportunity to create more jobs and make a space that’s free of discrimination,” Mendoza told the HuffPost. “As trans women, we don’t often have access to a healthy economy, and this allows us to change that and obtain other services like health care.”

While their idea started four years ago, the duo hasn’t yet obtained a physical space to open up the salon. But they hope with enough support this vision can become a reality. 

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While both Castillo and Mendoza haven’t opened up a physical salon space, they are both continuing to work in other salons as they continue to save and plan for the Mirror Beauty Cooperative. This past May they began to reach out to more people to help fund their goal through a GoFundMe Campaign. The results of the campaign fund have been less than 1 percent of their $150,000 goal. The duo has also faced other socioeconomic setbacks like lack of traditional education and the economic instability due to their immigrant background. 

“Latina trans women always have multiple obstacles in the way,” Mendoza said. “I think if a collective of white trans women were to start a project like this, their incubation process would be faster than ours because of their historical access to privilege.” 

But Herrera notes that the white trans community is still an ally to them even though they are on different economic levels. “We can always depend on the white trans community” to offer support “because they know they’re on a better [economic] level.”

For the trans, gender-queer and nonbinary community, job discrimination has been a reoccurring issue. According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 16 percent of gender-queer and nonbinary respondents who had held jobs reported having been fired for their gender identity or expression. But for trans women and trans people of color, they were the most likely to have gone through this. 

While the salon is still in progress, Castillo and Mendoza have become a presence in their own neighborhood uplifting and bringing attention to the trans Latino community. 

As of now, the duo has a secret backup plan in case they don’t meet their fundraising goals by the end of the year. They hope that the campaign does one thing though, create and share their broader call for building community with people. 

That has already started to take place as Castillo, Hernandez and their new partner, Jonahi Rosa have all become presences in Jackson Heights advocating for the trans community. The trio even participated in the Queens Pride Parade as co-grand marshals. This has also included various charity events for local LGTBQ+ youth. 

They all feel that the salon has the potential to bring people together and spread awareness about issues that affect their lives every day. From the start, the trio has always wanted to not only create a space for the trans community but give them an opportunity. 

“We want to work, [and] we want to give agency to our community,” Rosa said. “It’s a perfect opportunity for our community to come together and make something for our future.”

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