Often, when people are getting married they want to enhance their look and include a little extra nail art for their big day. However, when it comes to gel polish, many people are often confused with the many different polishes that are available. So, we thought it would be a nice little guide to help those that are new to the world of gel nail polish to get the perfect shade for their nails before the big day arrives.

How to choose the right gel nail polish for your big day

When you think of gel polish, do you think of sleek, shiny nails with chunky gel polish? There are plenty of gorgeous coloured gel polishes out there, but how can you choose the right shade?

Below we have given you a comprehensive guide on how to choose the right gel nail polish for your big day. In this guide, we look at the pros and cons of each brand, plus give you all the information you need to make your choice.

First, we will take a little bit of time to understand the gel nails and gel nail polish for your wedding. In this article, we will also be looking at three popular names you may recognise – OPI Gel Envy, Zoya and Essie.

What is Gel Polish?

Gel nail polish contains photoinitiators that let it cure under a UV light. For best results, you need to use it with a gel base coat and a gloss top coat that provides an incredible shine and perfect finish.

Our OPI Gel Envy is a vibrant colour that has a glitter effect, whilst Zoya Rose is a gorgeous classic pink that’s sure to set the scene for your big day. Lastly, the Essie Dark-eyed Girl, who has a pop of green to add some oomph!

Gel polish is easy to apply. The nail polish goes on and sets on your nails with little to no bubbling or streaks, so that means your nail is not going to chip as often as using a regular nail polish.

Here are a few things you need to consider when you are choosing the right gel nail polish.

Gel Nail Polish Brands

When it comes to choosing the right gel nail polish for your big day, there are many brands out there. However, we are going to be looking at three particularly popular ones – OPI Gel Envy, Zoya and Essie.

Let’s take a look at them.

OPI Gel Envy

OPI has been going from strength to strength for the past few years and has been renowned for their variety of nail shades. Gel Envy is a gorgeous shimmer polish collection that comes in 6 different shades. This makes it the perfect option for any bride, who wants to incorporate some glitter and glamour into her wedding day look.

The topcoat will set the nails perfectly. The range includes bridal designs, shimmers, rhinestones and also some glitter.

If you are looking for a custom shade, you will find that this range allows you to create a colour that best suits you.

Zoya Nail Polish

If glitter nail polish is your thing, then Zoya is the gel polish brand for you. They are quickly becoming a favourite with many wedding nail artists, because of their unique and pretty range of colourful options. From true colours to metallic flourescents and pastels, they have it all.

Zoya’s exclusive Air Monoi Foils (AKA Ethereal Gold), which are a great look for a smaller nail and complement your hair colour well, along with Light, Daydreams, Marshmallow, Valentines, Wild and Sugar Cube. Plus, they also have the opaque Stunning, Studio and Waiting, in case you are in a bit of a rush.

Essie Dark-Eyed Girl

The brilliant Dark-Eyed Girl will offer up a classic hued beauty, for you to add to your special day.

Essie’s Dark-Eyed Girl is a darker shade to give the rich, trendy look. It’s a mix of a clear hue and chunky sequins and it goes well with dark hair shades and light eyes.

Therefore, if you are looking for something a little different for your wedding day, the Dark-Eyed Girl can be your stylish alternative!

Having used OPI Gel Envy and Zoya, what do you think about gel polish? Were they the right choice for you? Are there any other brands that we have missed out?

Pay attention to your nails as much as you do to your hair when preparing for your big day!