If growing your nails long is a challenge you're unable to commit to - now you can. Applying fake nails at home is quick and easy, giving you a neat, manicured finish that you can be bold with.
Steps to Apply Fake Nails
Step 1 - Remove any previous polish
First you must ensure that all traces of previous polish are removed from your nails. Any uneven surface will cause the artificial nails to fall off easily.
Step 2 - Soak your nails
Soak your nails in warm water for approximately 5 -10 minutes. This will soften your nail beds and the skin surrounding your nails.
Step 3 - Neaten your nails
Your skin will now be soft and less stubborn. Next, using a cuticle stick push the hanging skin down to expand the surface of the nails. The warm water will also be numbing so this stage will not be painful.
Step 4 - Cut your nails
Cut your nails down as short as they will go using nail clippers / scissors. This will prevent them from growing outside the fake nails as quickly, keeping them neater and fresher looking for longer.
Step 5 - File your nails
File your nails so that they are rounded, not squared. This will further ensure that no nail is on show when the fake nail is applied.
Step 6 - Pick your nail size
You now have a hygienic, dry surface to begin applying your fake nails. Compare the fake nails against your natural nails to ensure you have the right size for each.
Step 7 - Secure in place
Add a few drops of nail glue to the lower half of the fake nail. Avoid applying it to the top half as it is likely this section will be cut off once you style and shape your fake nails.
Step 8 - Hold in place
Press and hold the nail down for 10 seconds. It is important you are precise with your positioning so that your nails are straight.
Once all have been applied you can gently file if the shape into your preferred shape.
Step 9 - Add a pop of colour
Now it is time for you to be creative. Pick any colour polish and paint your fake nails. You can remove and paint nail polish as you would your normal nail. Add a clear gloss to create a salon manicured look.