With Love
From Kat

With Love
From Kat

Wedding Nail + Beauty Prep

Soho, NY

My little sister Kameryn is getting MARRIED! I wanted to share everything we did beauty wise to get ready for her big day! My sister is a total minimalist when it comes to beauty, so it was really fun to introduce her to some of my favorite products and rituals. It’s amazing how a few small additions can make such a huge difference in person – and especially in photos!

Wedding Nails

First things first, let’s talk about wedding nails! Beautiful, manicured nails are SO important on a wedding day. Whether you’re the Bride, Maid of Honor, Bridesmaid, or Guest – you’re most likely going to be photographed up close holding champagne, flowers, huggings friends and family, etc. so having pretty nails is a MUST! In terms of color, I LOVE Essie’s Gel Couture shades, particularly; Lace Me Up, Lace Is More, Matter of Fiction, and At The Barre. What’s great about Essie’s Gel Couture polish is that it’s a two-step, longwear polish that lasts almost as long as a gel manicure, but applies and can be removed like regular polish! It’s ideal because it’s made to last and won’t chip through all of the important wedding festivities. I just love the fact that you don’t have to use UV lamps or do any harsh scraping/damage to your nails to remove the polish!!!

The Big Day

For the big day, my sister and I chose the same color – Lace Me Up. We loved this classic light pink shade, and would 100% wear this in our everyday life too. It had just the right amount of pigmentation so it really stood out. (You know how some light pink colors can be too pale? This one was not at all!) We matched our nails to our toes, and got mani/pedis the day before the rehearsal dinner so they would be super fresh!

Kameryn decided to get a hair + makeup artist to do her wedding look the day of, and then I am going to do my own (I generally always like to do my own hair + makeup!) We both got lymph facial massages by my friend Erin earlier this week to de-puff and hydrate our skin. These massages really sculpt your cheekbones, drain out any water retention, soothe jaw tension, and give you a gorgeous all over glow.

Other than that, we honestly kept our wedding beauty routines pretty simple, and both just wanted to look NATURAL! Feeling comfortable in your own skin is SO important on your wedding day and really shows through in photos. I cannot wait to see my sister on her special day – and I just know she will be on cloud nine this entire weekend!!!

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Eberjey pajamas c/o (also here)  |  Essie polish c/o
Wisteria tray (similar)  |  Polaroid camera

Carly Tumen Photography
Special thanks to Essie for sponsoring this post.

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  • Rach says:

    So exciting for your sister! And you guys picked the perfect nail color!


    September 13, 2019 | Reply
  • Mariya Zafirova says:
    September 14, 2019 | Reply
  • Claire V says:

    Beautiful photos of you and your sister (she looks just like your mom, by the way) and thanks for sharing tips and tricks for wedding preparations!

    September 15, 2019 | Reply
  • Danni Rico says:

    Love this post. My sister is getting married this year and I would love to spend the day before prepping like you all did. May even get that nail color.


    September 15, 2019 | Reply
  • Elise says:

    Aw what an exciting time! I love sister bonding! Can’t wait to try out these nail polishes!

    XO, Elise

    September 23, 2019 | Reply
  • Charlotte Wendner says:

    Hi Kat,
    I love your style and attention to detail. You always have the best and cutest tips. I read this post and was hoping you could help me :) I’m getting married in NYC in March and need a Makeup artist. Please, do you have anyone you like/trust? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!! / Charlotte

    September 24, 2019 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Hi Charlotte,

      Thank you so much! So exciting – yes I highly recommend using Erin Esparza; erinesparza@gmail.com. She just did makeup for my sorority sister’s wedding and it turned out beautiful. She does my facials + makeup weekly!!!


      September 24, 2019 | Reply
  • Jackie says:

    Such a fun post! I love your nail color. I bought the same one and it came out really streaky. Are there any tips on how to apply? (I may have bought on old bottle so maybe that’s why the color didn’t go only evenly…)

    October 26, 2019 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Sorry to hear that! I recommend really shaking up the bottle, and sometimes putting it in the fridge helps me. Otherwise I’d say return it and ask for a new one if neither of those options work!!! XO

      October 27, 2019 | Reply
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