Photo: Brenda Armendariz
Some could argue that the second most important design factor that a bride wears — dress not included — is the simple, elegant, or intricate design chosen for a wedding-day manicure. As the focal point for a new forever wedding ring, it's important that every New York City bride leave the hand-in-hand details to some of the top nail artists in the industry. We've rounded up a few of the most famous that are sure to do a beautiful job on your wedding nails (and may get you a little star-struck — if you're a manicure-buff — in the process!).
Essie Flagship Salon
Following in the footsteps of the legendary household name Essie Weingarten, this all-around nail tycoon has been gracing the hands of New Yorkers in her first-ever flagship salon for years. This luxury experience, is equipped with several hundred original Essie colors, and is under the direction of lead nail technician Josephine Allen — inside of Samuel Shriqui's spa headquarters. Basic manicure: $32.
Bed of Nails
Located in one of Harlem's most up-and-coming neighborhoods, this opulent nail destination experience provides world-class service with one-of-a-kind Big Apple glamour thanks to owner Candice Idehen. Frequently providing services for a number of A-list stars including Jessica Alba, Estelle, and Mary Louis Parker, it's no surprise that this successful global phenomenon has been featured in numerous high-profile editorial publications, as well as on the runways of NYFW. Basic manicure: $20.
Fix Beauty Bar
With a seamless blend of high quality blowouts and one-of-a-kind nail services done simultaneously, this indulgent experience in all things beauty combines pampering with the efficiency of an NYC salon. This Upper East Side beauty spot is perfect for any bride looking to get primped and polished in between the busy schedule of wedding day appointments and planning activities. Manicure and blowout: $50
Vanity Projects NYC
This high-end nail atelier uses a variety of luxury concepts (including video art programming) to design some of the most sought-out manicures in New York. Founded by Rita de Alencar Pinto, one of NYC's independent curators, this innovative concept allows nail artists the chance to exhibit their talents in Manhattan's Lower East Side while being ahead of the curve. The salon uses video art installations to project on a video screen, allowing clients to observe an exclusive set of curated films developed by NYC's up-and-coming video artists. This innovative new concept allows nail artists and other contemporary artists the chance to exhibit their talents in Manhattan's Lower East Side both onscreen and on-hand. Basic manicure: $18.
Celebrated as one of the most influential in the nail industry, Jin Soon moved to New York City back in 1991 to build her growing reputation as a rising freelance manicurist. After quickly earning her reputation as a high-profile nail artist, Jin Soon opened her renowned hand and foot spa under influenced by her native Korean heritage. The spa emphasizes the use of natural elements, which, combined with talent and a plethora of colors, makes her salon one of the top in the area. Basic manicure: $18