I do not have fingernails. That’s because I bite them. It is an age-old habit that I have never been able to ditch. Consequently, I do not have the long, beautiful nails I would like.
When I worked full time, I could afford to get artificial nails at the salon. However, now that I do not, I can no longer afford that kind of luxury and the truth is I don’t need long nails to do housework. I only want them when I dress up for special occasions.
I discovered a long time ago that there are a lot of good do-it-yourself artificial nails that can be easily applied right at home. Some come with stick-on tape, while others use specially formulated nail glue.
It took me a while to perfect my artificial nails but once I did, I grew to like them. Here are some tips to help you should you decide to go that route.
Step 1. Make sure your own nails are ready for artificial extensions. You nails should be completely healthy and disease free before your proceed.
It is also important that you have a large enough nail bed for attaching anything artificial. You never want to attach artificial nails over bare skin.
Finally, it is important to have good, clean cuticles in order for the nails to fit properly and give a natural look.
If you nails aren’t in good enough shape, spend a few weeks perfecting them. Consider using one of today’s products that profess to help nails grow. Many of them actually work.
Also work on your cuticles. Cut away hangnails. You should never put nail glue anywhere near an open or bleeding wound.
Step 2. Determine the nail color, style, shape and length you want. Artificial nails come in a variety of colors to help mimic natural looking nails. Choose the one that best matches yours even if you plan to paint them.
There are also a lot of styles available these days. These include French tips (in white and in colors), pre-colored, pre-stenciled and pre-jeweled nails just to name a few.
Shapes include ovals and square cuts. Some are flat while others are naturally curved to fit the finger. That means excessively long nails will be more curved than shorter ones.
Nail lengths range from mini (super short for the working woman) to active length (between mini and standard) to long. If you are trying artificial nails for the first time, I recommend choosing one of the shorter lengths and working your way up to the longer ones. Otherwise, you may find it difficult to adjust to the new length.
Step 3. Choose a nail brand. There are dozens of brands now available in the marketplace. However, not all of them carry the same extension choices. Therefore, the brand you choose may be somewhat dependent on the choices you made in Steps 1 and 2 above.
I always used Fingers artificial nails. They were sturdy enough to stand up under the pounding of my eight-plus hours on the computer every day. They came in a wide variety of choices in styles, shapes and lengths and they were inexpensive. Plus Fingers nail glue is easy to remove.
Step 4. Decide how to adhere your artificial nails. Most of them come with their own self-adhering product. However, you may choose to use something different or in conjunction with that provided.
One of my favorite nails only came in press-on form. However, the press-on adhesive didn’t hold very well. Therefore, I combined that with a dab of nail glue to achieve the look and feel I desired.
Step 5. Choose nail accessories. I often added a nail charm or jewel to one of my nails, just for fun. Both charms and jewels, along with stickers, can usually be purchased individually or in kits. Today, you can even add air brushed designs via a peel and stick format. Options for nail accessories are many so have fun and express your own personality through accessories.
If you plan to paint your nails yourself, choose a sturdy enamel that will dry quickly and remain chip free. Think about trying different types of nail enamel such as crÃ¨mes, pearls and glitters. It is a great way to add a little extra pizzazz to your manicure.
Don’t forget about nail polish as well as nail removal. Even the easy nail glue can benefit from a little help. There are plenty of great artificial nail removal products available.
Keep in mind that you may just wish to change your nail polish. In that instance, you will want to remove the color while leaving the nail itself intact. Choose non-acetone nail polish removers for artificial nails. Acetone will damage or destroy the artificial nail by melting it in part or completely.
Having pretty fingernails is something most women want. Therefore, it is great to know that we can still have what Mother Nature failed to provide.