Just got engaged, or expecting your soul mate to pop the question anytime? Here are a few tips that will help you achieve picture perfect hands for all those ring-selfies that you’ll be sending to your friends and family. Looking for design inspiration? Visit Taylor and Hart, award winning purveyors of custom engagement rings, and use code USPAAH150 for £150 off your bespoke ring.

Prepping your hands before the ring

Keeping hands soft and gentle is essential for every woman, but especially for a lady that’s about to get an eye-catching piece of jewellery. “I use hand cream or cuticle oil a few times a day, and that has really helped my hands maintain a soft and gentle appearance” – says Iglika Ghouse, CEO and founder of USPAAH. “Jessica’s phenom oil really penetrates the cuticles and is perfect for those little top ups in between meetings”. Nails should be trimmed and given a natural shape, and if you want a longer lasting finish, then do go for a gel manicure so you won’t have to rush back to the manicurist a few days later. Book your on demand manicure and let USPAAH bring the spa to your door.

The perfect shades to complement the ring

Stick to a colour that you feel comfortable wearing, and one that reflects your personality. Keep the look solid, and skip the nail art — you want to let your ring take all the spotlight.

Feminine: Soft Pink, French or Nude

Effortlessly chic and sleek, you can’t go wrong with powder pink, classical French or a neutral shade manicure next to your new rock.

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Try a little twist: If you want something a little more exciting try adding one or two very thin metallic stripes to your ring finger only.

Bold: Cherry or Royal Red

A classic is a classic for a reason – because it works. Bold yet timeless, red looks stunning in photos and never goes out of style. Years from now, you’ll look back at your photos and say “Nailed It!”

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Try a little twist: Peach Champagne

Equally refreshing, with an added feel of youthfulness and fun, peachy Champagne would look particularly nice next to a rose gold setting.

Joyful: Elegant White

Crisp, clean and classy, white never fails, no matter the season. Try the look of an opaque white creme, glossy or matte – next to a sparkling engagement ring, the contrast feels just right.

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Try a little twist: Metallic Solid

Try to find a metallic colour that looks good with the metal in your ring and paint your ring finger with it.

Dramatic: Wild-berry Purple

If there is one day to feel like a star, it should be your engagement day. Sophisticated, feminine, and totally royal, a manicure with a deep, glossy finish will give your newly engaged hands an old Hollywood feel.

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Try a little twist: Add Glitter

Give a hint of sparkle to your manicure with a gold or silver glitter polish.

Nailed the look, now let’s keep it for longer…

Your engagement manicure will last longer if you add a very thin layer of topcoat every third day. Also when applying the topcoat, make sure you cap the tip of the nail with the polish – this will seal the colour and will make a huge difference in the wear.  We recommend Jessica Brilliance High Gloss Top Coat.

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Hey guys, thinking about popping the question, but confused about what to do and when? Here are a few tips that will help you nail the essentials to ensure she remembers this day forever…

 

1. Ask for her parents blessing

It may seem old-fashioned, but there is great chivalry in asking your future father-in-law for his blessing. It is a very respectful and kind gesture which both him and your sweetheart will appreciate for many years to come. Recommended timeline, about a month before proposing.

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2. Choose the right ring for her

As a man, this is perhaps the most difficult task you’ll be faced with leading up to the wedding itself, so it is important to enroll the help of close friends and family at least a few months ahead. Set a budget, ask her friends or her mum, what ring size does she wear? Does she gush about a particular ring design when she sees it in a magazine? Is there a family heirloom that has been kept for this very reason, and will it do?  You want to be sure that when she opens that little box, her eyes will shine as much as the dazzling symbol of love she is gazing upon. For some expert tips we asked our friends at Rare Pink, award winning purveyors of custom engagement rings. Here is what they said:

“Creating a unique engagement ring allows you to embody your story into a ring that is made to be worn and admired for a lifetime. Our number one tip is to focus on what your partner’s taste is, as opposed to yours. Take a look at her style, existing jewellery, preferred type of metal or even her Pinterest boards to see what she likes.”  

For £150 off your bespoke engagement ring, use code USPAAH150. Start your designing now.

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3. Personalise and Surprise

Every girl wants that hollywood movie experience when during an incredibly romantic moment, completely unexpectedly she is presented with a little box. But how do you choose the right moment? There are so many locations and activities which could be “right”. The key is personalisation. Pick a spot, no matter where it is, which holds sentimental value to her or to you both. Think about what she has said she loves doing or where she loves going time and time again. Be prepared, perhaps even have someone on standby to film and capture it all, but don’t tell too many people about it, you still want to maintain the surprise.

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4. Be formal and get down on one knee.

It’s unclear when the first proposal on one knee happened, but what is certain is that almost every girl wants her man to follow in that tradition. It’s an incredibly romantic gesture and one that signifies the very essence of committing one’s life to another. Use her full name when proposing; it may seem formal, but it gives the moment that much more gravitas and power.

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5. A spa manicure for picture perfect hands

What happens after a girl gets engaged? She stares at her hand for ages and takes tonnes of pictures to send to all her friends, so why not treat her to a blissful mani a few days before you plan to propose, and make sure her hands are camera ready. USPAAH manicures start at £34 and our Spaahristas can come to you 7am-10pm 7 days a week. Cheeky self-promotion alert 😉

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She said “YES”!

“I loved being engaged and being a bride to be, full of anticipation and excitement!”- says our founder Iglika Ghouse. Enjoy this time to the fullest, and if you ever get overwhelmed with wedding planning duties, remember, USPAAH is here to make your life a bit less stressful, one massage or beauty treatment at a time.

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