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Wedding-Worthy Nails in 3 Steps

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Nail pro Deborah Lippmann, who's worked with celebs Sarah Jessica Parker and Mary J. Blige, shares with BRIDES magazine her top three tips on prepping nails for a killer manicure on your wedding day:

1. GET STRONG Apply hydrating nail hardener (as a base coat) every week to help strengthen nails.

2. SOFTEN UP Exfoliate your hands weekly, moisturize daily, and give your cuticles TLC by using an emollient cream on the nail beds after washing your hands.

3. WATCH YOUR FORM The most popular shape is a rounded square (above). If you're not a fan of this look, mirror the bottom of your nail bed as you file—it follows your natural shape.

—Lexi Dwyer, BRIDES magazine

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