– The perfect manicure gives you nails that work together with your makeup and accessories to express your individuality. If you want the look of long nails but don't want to wait around for yours to grow to those great lengths, artificial nails can help you fake the look. You don't have to go to a salon for faux nails. A variety of products are available for at-home manicures. read more about artificial nails and accessories » | resource library for nails »
Stick-on nails are the simplest type of artificial nails to use. These nails already have the look of polish and come in a variety of lengths and styles. What makes these nails so easy to use is that they have self-adhesive backs, allowing you to just peel off the protective cover and push them into place. For best results, start with clean, dry nails. Match up the nails in the kit to your fingernails, finding the best size for each finger. Remove the backing on each nail and line it up with your fingernail. Then, press down, starting at the base of the nail. Apply firm pressure to adhere the faux nails to your natural ones. Quality stick-ons can remain in place anywhere from one day to a few days and then will come off.
Feminine Full Cover Nails
If you're looking for longer-lasting results from your artificial nails, full cover nails are the ideal solution. These nails stick on with a separate glue that is very strong, allowing the nails to remain in place for several days or even weeks. You can find full coverage nails that are already polished as well as clear ones that you can polish yourself using your favorite nail colors. Like stick-on nails, full cover nails should be applied only to dry, clean fingernails. Find the right size nails for each finger or toe and line them up.
Apply a small layer of glue along the nail, being careful not to use too much. Place the nail on the nail bed, lining it up correctly and then push into place beginning at the cuticle. Some varieties are outfitted with special tabs to help push them into place. If you purchase this type, you'll remove the tabs after you have glued on the nails. If you want to remove your full cover nails, you'll need to soak your fingers in an acetone-based nail polish remover. Some products include nail glue, while others don't. Be certain to read the product description carefully to ensure you have all the necessary supplies.
Lovely Wraps for Great Looks
Nail wraps are unique nail products that are not made of plastic like stick-on nails or artificial nails. Instead, they are fashioned out of a stretchy, vinyl-type material. Used to create nail art looks, not to add length, nail wraps usually stay on for about 1 week after application. To use, clean and dry your nails. Then, find the right size wrap for each nail. Place the wrap near your cuticle and then stretch it out over your nail until it fully covers it. Cut off the excess with nail scissors and then file the tops. Finish with a coat of clear nail polish to hold the wraps in place.