Expert Tips for Healthy and Gorgeous Wedding-Day Nails

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Healthy Gorgeous Nail Tools

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Whether you want to show off that gorgeous rock on your engagement ring or paint luminous lacquer for big day, you want your wedding manicure to be as healthy as it is stunning. Create healthy, gorgeous nails with these all-natural polishes, safe tools, and expert tips.

Cut with care: While it's tempting to play pro and just clip away, save the cuticle scissors for special occasions. Even then, "take off just the dead, flaky skin," says nail expert Deborah Lippmann. The double springs on her new tool guarantee a steady hand.

Cuticle nipper, $48, Deborah Lippmann available at Sephora

Sticking point: In lieu of snipping? Nail pro Suzanne Denero recommends moisturizing your cuticles and gently nudging them back with a wooden stick wrapped in a bit of cotton.

Orange-wood sticks, $2 for a pack of five, SuperNail

Soft touch: This two-in-one soother moisturizes while it dislodges dry cuticle skin—and can be tossed in your purse for on-the-fly application.

Cuticle eraser + balm, $8, Sally Hansen

Pretty powerful: Do double duty with a vitamin-packed lacquer that both beautifies and strengthens.

Enriched nail polish in Purity Pink, $17, Dr.'s Remedy

Soy magic: Instead of using acetone, which can have a drying effect on nails, this remover is soy-based. Bonus: It's infused with essential oils. "Lemongrass is nourishing," says Kim D'Amato, founder of Priti NYC, a holistic nail spa and product line. "And it smells delicious."

Remover, $11, Priti NYC

Simply beautiful: This chic, 100 percent natural, vegan-friendly lacquer line is a backstage favorite at New York Fashion Week.

Nail polish in Carmen, $8, Zoya

—Elizabeth Swanson

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