How to apply fake nails like a PRO

*Taps nails on the desk.*
That “fresh nails” feeling is amazing so make the most of it by learning how to apply press on nails with these gorgeous sets Nailgals sent me!

Prep:
1. Remove any nail varnish on top.
If you’re wearing a dark polish, line vaseline around your nails and stroke your cotton wool downwards and only downwards (not back and forth or in circular motions etc). Life hacks 101.
2. Push back your cuticles – this will work best when they’re soft so once you’ve come out of the shower or you’ve conditioned them with a cuticle oil for a few minutes.
Push back with either a cuticle stick or a damp cloth but do not cut your own cuticles, leave that to the professionals!
3. After pushing them back, scrape away any excess cuticle that’s grown onto the finger nails.
4. Clip back your nails or skip this step to allow them to naturally grow beneath.
5. Here is when to file your nails if you wish to but again, this step can be skipped. If you are filing, ensure to use a glass/crystal nail file and file in one direction only, not back and forth, as this product-technique combo is the kindest to your nails.
6. Remove any excess oil and dirt from the nail plate with an acetone based nail varnish remover with a non-lint pad.
If you don’t have non-lint pads, just be extra careful no fluff remains from your cotton. You want your nails as smooth and clean as Niaomi Campbell’s walk.

 


Application (the best bit):
1. Choose the fake nails from the pack by sizing them against your natural nail and then set them out on your desk.
2. You don’t want them to be too big that they go over your natural nail as that’ll get glue on the skin and also will decrease the longevity of the nails.
Equally, you don’t want them to be too small, as if it feels like they’re pinching and don’t naturally rest on the nail without you having to push them on because again, this will reduce the longevity and the tight compression can be harmful to your nails.
3. If the false nail doesn’t fit perfectly, file down if necessary, again going in one direction versus back and forth so as not to break the nail!
4. Now onto the FUN BIT – applying the nails:
Top tip one: apply one false nail at a time vs putting glue on all your nails.
Top tip two: it’s usually best to apply starting from the pinky to the index on both hands and then doing the two thumbs last as this will give you the most control.
5. Apply a small amount of glue onto the centre of the natural nail and spread it across the rest of the nail with the nozzle. Leave about 1-2mm of the outer rim of the nail bare so the glue doesn’t touch your skin as the pressure from applying the false nail may push the glue out further.
Equally, you want to apply it on the actual nail itself because applying it on the fake nail will give a sloppy finish as the glue is more likely to get everywhere.
6. Now align the back of the false nail with your cuticle without it touching the glue and then lay it flat. Wiggle around if needed and then hold down the centre of the false nail with gentle pressure for 3 seconds.
7. Without lifting your finger or shifting the nails, pivot the finger you are holding in the centre around the nail to remove any air bubbles. Warning: this isn’t as fun as popping bubble wrap. Return to the centre and hold still for another 3 seconds until the nail has completely dried on.
8. Now gently push up against the nail from the underneath to ensure it has properly stuck on. We don’t want nails flying everywhere!
9. Immediately close the glue and hey presto, we’re done! Woo!

How to remove:

  1. Get a bowl full of comfortably warm water.
  2. Soak your nails in there until the fake nails readily come off without any force by you.
  3. If there’s excess glue left on your fingers, remove with an acetone based nail varnish remover (acetone free usually isn’t strong enough).
  4. NOTE: you may find your nails a tad brittle after soaking them, that’s normal. Water will do that to nails, it’s just like when you come out of a long shower!
    So just whack on a nourishing nail oil or carrier oil for at least five minutes whilst you check out my other posts (apparently my website will cure brittle nails)!

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Both sets of nails displayed in this post were sent to me by Nailgals

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