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Boudoir photography is all about celebrating you from the tips to toes—here’s the 411 on nails for boudoir shoot!

If you’re preparing for an upcoming boudoir session, there’s likely a lot of questions swirling in your mind. What should I wear? How do I pose? What do I do with my hands?! You’ll find the answer to many of these questions up on my blog, but today we are honing in on that last question… or at least part of it: your nails! Whether or not to get your nails done is a common question when it comes to boudoir photo preparation, so here’s what you need to know!

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A Manicure Completes Your Look

I’ve had my own boudoir session done with a cracked acrylic, and despite how beautiful the photos were – I almost never pull them out because my eyes go right to it in every page!

The short answer to the question of whether or not to get your nails done before your boudoir session is yes! A sleek manicure, set of acrylics, or even just opting for a cuticle cleanup and a layer of clear coat can pull together your entire boudoir look and make you look—and feel—more polished and put together.

Whether you’re new to the world of nails or a seasoned pro, you always walk out of a nail saloon feeling just a touch more confident and bad ass. (Which can be especially helpful if you’re feeling a little self-conscious ahead of your boudoir photo shoot!)

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Can’t go wrong with neutrals!

Now that you’ve booked in for a manicure, the next question that you’re facing is choosing a style. My no-fail piece of advice: go for a neutral shade!

Nail salons have hundreds of nudey options like a pale pink, beige, deeper brown, or mid-tone taupes. Your nail artist usually has tons of experience choosing a nail shade to best fit your skin tone and undertones.

Just a little trick I learned: If you’re not sure about your undertones, you can always take a look at the veins in your wrist. Blue or purple tones would indicate a cool undertone, while green or olive veins would be a warm undertone, and a blue-green blend would be neutral undertones.

Getting a skin-flattering neutral color on your nails allows your boudoir outfit and you yourself to be the center of attention. After all, your nails aren’t the star of the show; you are!

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Do What Makes You Feel Beautiful

If you’re a bold soul who feels best in a red glitter nail or long stiletto nails, don’t let me stop you! Around here, I always encourage you to do what makes you feel beautiful.

Ultimately, when it comes to preparing for your boudoir photo session, you should prep yourself in the way that makes you feel the most beautiful and confident. If that includes getting a professional manicure, I highly encourage you to do so!


Looking for more prep tips for your boudoir photos? Read more about the 4 mistakes you do NOT want to make before your boudoir session HERE!

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