Fake Nails: Types and How-To

Having a beautiful set of manicured nails always looks good. Spending a small fortune every time you get your nails professionally manicured can suit some people, but if you don’t have the money or the desire to go to a salon, it can be easy to give yourself a quick manicure. False nails are particularly good to use if you need beautiful nails quickly. Initially applying false nails can look like a fiddly process, and certainly practice will make perfect. But don’t give up; false nails are a great look, and become much simpler to apply over time.

• Most false nail kits should come with all the bits you need aside from the nails themselves, including nail glue and an emery board. If they don’t, make sure that you have all of these items to hand before you get started. False nails can come in many different styles; most brands follow a natural nail or French Manicure style, although more colourful or decorated nails are usually available.

• Prepare your nails by removing any nail varnish already on them and by washing them to ensure they are completely clean. File your nails using the emery board to make sure they have a smooth line.

• Before attaching the false nails, measure them against your own nails. False nails should not be smaller or larger than your nails, and should fit the nail like a glove. When you have done this, try arranging them in the order that they will be on your hand. Many like to follow this rule as it makes life less complicated when you apply them.

• When applying the nails, first spread the nail glue on the bottom of the false nail. Press this onto the nail it will be attached to, ensuring that the nail gets as close as it can to the cuticle, but not over the cuticle itself. Hold the nail in place for roughly ten seconds to ensure that it has attached firmly.

• Do the same with each of the nails on this hand. Most people tend to attach the nails to their dominant hand first, but this of course is open to preference.

• Once you have completed this hand, file down the false nails to smooth any rough edges.

• Next, simply do the same to your other hand.

• False nails can usually be kept for up to five days and still look good. If, however, you see a black spot under the nail, remove them straight away. This spot is actually a fungus which occasionally grows as a result of false nails.

• False nails can at times be a little tricky to remove, as the glue used to hold them in place is highly adhesive. Pulling off the false nails should be avoided, as this can lead to damage to your own nails. Instead, soaking your fingers in acetone will loosen the glue, allowing you to be able to gently pull the nails off. Acetone can be found in most nail polish removers, although special false nail removers are also often available.

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