I am almost 34 (on Saturday!) and I have bitten my nails for my entire life. They are stubby and chewed and generally in a state of disrepair. However, I am a bridesmaid in two weddings coming up (July 17th and August 1st), and I would like to have them look nice, and therefore would like to indulge in my first ever manicure.

But I obviously need to have nails put on, and I feel like an idiot because I don’t know any terminology for what I need. I would like to have the nails painted...do I ask for gel nails? Acrylic nails? Tips? I need them to be short, as part of the reason I bite my nails is because I can’t abide by long ones. My guess is that I would likely need them filled at some point in between weddings?

Any guidance here would be helpful, as I tend to be anxious in new situations, and I would like to know what to expect. Thank you in advance, as always, for helping me look less like a dope.