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7 Tips for Applying Fake Nails at Home ...

By Holly

A trip to the nail salon can really hurt your wallet. Meanwhile, you could buy a kit at the nearest drug store that won't cost you much cash. Even if you've never applied fake nails on your own, it's not that difficult. You just have to watch what you're doing, so you can make your nails look as amazing as they would've if you went to a professional to have them done. Here are a few tips for applying those fake nails at home:

1 Remove Your Polish

Even though your fake nails should cover up most of your nail polish, you still have to remove it. If you have polish underneath, your fake nails could have trouble sticking. Plus, if you end up putting your fake nails on a little lopsided, then your old polish will peek through and make the mistake more noticeable. That's why you should completely remove your old polish before you begin the process of applying fake nails.

2 Trim and File Your Nails

Once your nail polish is removed, trim and file your nails. You won't be able to do this after you apply your fake nails, so you don't want to forget this step.

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3 Push Back Your Cuticles

It's time to push back your cuticles so you can glue your fake nails to your actually nails and not onto your skin. Before you do this, you should soak your skin and then add moisturizer to the area, so that you don't hurt yourself. Then you can gently push your cuticles back toward the base of your nails.

4 Put Your Fake Nails in Size Order

It's almost time for you to actually apply your fake nails. However, you should take all of them out of the casing they came in and rest them out (in size order) on the table in front of you. If you don't, you might end up placing the wrong size fake nail onto your real nail. In order to avoid mistakes, plan it out ahead of time.

5 Apply Your Fake Nails

Don't accidentally apply your fake nails upside down. Sometimes it's hard to tell which way the product is meant to go, so take a close look at it them make sure the curves match the curves of your cuticles. After you peel off the sticker attached or place glue on the back, you should rest the fake nail snugly against your cuticles, so they look as realistic as possible.

6 Hold Your Fake Nails in Place

Your nail could pop right off if you're not careful. That's why you should press down on it and hold it there for a few seconds. That way, you'll make sure that it sets itself in place.

7 File Your Fake Nails

You're allowed to file down your fake nails in the same way you'd file your real ones. If you don't like the shape that the product came in, then you should feel free to reshape them. Just make sure that your fake nails are completely dry first, so that they won't pop off while you're working on them.

It doesn't matter if you head to the salon for your fake nails or apply them on your own. Either way, they'll look fabulous. Do you prefer fake nails or do you like to keep them natural?

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