All You Need to Know on Faking It
Why Use False Nails?
There are a number of reasons that people choose to wear artificial nails instead of showing off their own, the simplest reason is because they like the way they look. Often, people wear acrylic nails because their own nails are short, broken or not an aesthetically pleasing shape.They also wear fake nails to get the length and shape they want.
Plus, people opt for fake nails if they want something that they can’t achieve with their real nails, such as extra-long length or nail art.
False nails are most often used for special occasions, when people want their nails to look particularly good. However, some people wear them more often, even every day,though this is not advised as they can damage the natural nails.
Types of Fake Nails
- Acrylic Nails – These are the most popular types of false nails. They are created from a mixture of dry polymer and liquid acrylic which are mixed together and painted directly onto the nail.
- Adhesive Nails – These types of nails are not painted on; they come ready made and are stuck to the top of the original nails using nail glue. They come in a range of shapes, colours and designs.
- Gel Nails – This type of artificial nail is growing in popularity. The gel is made from a pre-mixed solution that is applied to the surface of the nail.
- Wrap Nails – As the name suggests, this type of artificial nail is wrapped over the original nail. The wraps are often made of silk but can come paper or fibre glass.
A nail extension is used to lengthen the natural nail so that it can then be painted over. It’s similar to adhesive false nails as it’s a light shape that is styled to fit over the natural nail. This is glued to the tip and then painted over with acrylic or gel.
Applying Fake Nails
It is usually best to get a professional manicurist to apply artificial nails for you as they are trained in the application of nails. However, it is possible to apply false nails at home if you have the right tools and products.
Before applying any type of false nails the natural nail should be prepared; they need to be cleaned, trimmed, buffed and the cuticles be pushed down. If you are getting this done by a professional then they will do this for you. If you are applying false nails at home then make sure you do this prep work before applying the false nails, otherwise they may not take or won’t dry smooth.
- How to apply Acrylic Nails – When using acrylic nails a primer is often applied to the natural nail first, this prepares it for the acrylic. The acrylic is created by mixing a powdered polymer with a liquid acrylic to create the paste. This is then painted onto the natural nail and it air dries in minutes.
- How to apply Adhesive Nails – These are the easiest type of nails to do at home, you can often buy kits that come with the glue to attach them. Once the nail has been prepared the glue is applied to the natural nail and the false nail pressed on top.
- How to apply Gel Nails – A primer is optional with gel nails, however, applying it is a good idea as it prepares and protects the natural nails. The gel is similar to nail polish; it comes ready mixed and is painted on like nail varnish. It is then cured under a UV lamp. Kits are available to do this at home.
- How to apply Wrap Nails- Resin is applied to the natural nails then a wrap is laid over them. The wrapsare cut to fit the natural shape then secured in place with another coat of resin. The nails are then usually buffed to provide shine and a professional finish. There are kits and supplies available to do wrap nails at home, however, it can be quite fiddly to do.
Removing Fake Nails
Putting fake nails on can be hard, but sometimes it’s even more difficult to take them off. This is why you must ensure you do it properly, either get a professional to remove them or, if you are doing it yourself, make sure you are following the correct procedure.
- How to remove Acrylic Nails – It is best if a nail technician removes acrylic nails as they can be hard to detach and can damage the nails if done wrong. However, you can do it at home if you use the right tools. A professional will soak them in acetone to soften and loosen the acrylic. If you want to remove them at home then you should purchase acetone and soak the nails in a bowl of it for at least 20 minutes. This should remove the acrylic and you can then buff and moisturise the nails.
- How to remove Adhesive Nails – These are perhaps the easiest type of false nails to remove as the glue will eventually start to weaken over time. They can be taken off by a professional or you can do it at home by simply soaking them in hot water then peeling them off.
- How to remove Gel Nails – Again, it’s best to get gel nails removed by a professional; they are either soaked or buffed off. If you want to do it at home then start by gently filing the surface to break through the shine then soak them in acetone for at least ten minutes.Finally, buff any remaining gel varnish away.
- How to remove Wrap Nails – These can be removed at home in a similar way to gel and acrylic nails; by soaking them in acetone or nail varnish remover. You should only have to do this for a few minutes as they are lighter and should come off easier then gels. Make sure you buff and moisturize the nails afterwards.