Broadway Stick on Nails (long length), £7.99 - Boots
I am one of those girls who longs painted, long nails but is cursed with weak nails. Every time I paint my own nails, the paint cracks and chips and the nails just break so I often like to get my nails done professionally but pays £25 a time just isn't my idea of a great time, plus I hate the way acrylic nails ruin my natural nails. So with all that said I decided to see if I could do my own nails, temporary nails for nights out and special occasions, that wont ruin my natural nails and wont cost a bomb. So I pick up some long stick on nails from Boots and had a go myself!
Sorry about the lighting in the pictures of the nails, I was doing this in the evening and couldn't find a good light but you can see the shape of the nails etc which is the main priority!
If you want to attempt this yourself you will need:
- Stick on nails (any will do, just make sure they're long enough to trim down, if you get them too short you'll have nothing to work with)
- Scissors or nail clippers to cut your natural nails and to trim/shape the false nails
- Nail file (usually there's one included in the false nail packet but if not you'll need one)
- Nail colour of your choice and a topcoat & basecoat (optional)
- Nail Varnish remover
Step-by-step how to guide:
- Firstly, remove any old nail varnish with nail varnish remover. If your have no nail varnish I would still go over the natural nails with some nail varnish removed just to get rid of any excess oils etc.
- Cut your natural nails down.
- Start collecting the right sized false nail, be sure to measure against each nail and put to one side so to not confuse yourself.
- Glue the false nails on, I apply glue to the nail and the natural nail and the press down for 10-15 seconds ensuring that when I apply the nail it's from the base to the top of my nail.
- Wait an additional 30 seconds for all the nails to dry fully after they're all applied.
- After they've dried take your nail clippers to scissors and cut each corner of the nails to create a point and then snip the very point of the nail off to create a flat liner, it makes it easier to round the nail off.
- File the nails to your desired shape, you can see what shape I made mine above.
- Use a base coat (optional) to all nails and then when this has dried apply your chosen colour. I chose OPI - Red My Fortune Cookie. When this has dried use a top coat fr added protection and shine.
- Apply cuticle oil or hand cream to the cuticles and ta da! Stiletto nails at home!
This usually takes me around 30 minutes to a hour to complete but it's so much cheaper than going to a nail bar and it's quicker because you can do it in your own time. I work in retail and I'm often not very light handed and these nails last me around 6-7 days of wear, they suggest not to go past 7 days of wear but at day 6 mine tend to start lifting off at the base, it's not bad though for £8!
Have you ever tried this method? Let me know in the comments below!
Love Alicia x
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