how to apply faux nails

[and remove them]


Start by ensuring your nails are clean.  Seriously, don't skip this.  You want to avoid any kind of nail nastiness, especially if you'll be wearing your falsies a while.

 

How long do you want to wear your faux nails? 

 

Skip to the easy removal process:

 

 

 

 

TEMPORARY WEAR [special occasions, events, up to a few days]

USE: PREP TO WEAR, THE TOTAL PACKAGE

 

1 | PREP

 

Start with clean nails. File your nails shorter + push back your cuticles.

 

2 | BUFF [optional]

LIGHTLY buff your bare nail.  Sticky things LOVE a rough surface.  If your nails are too smooth or shiny then the adhesive tab is going to start lifting pretty quickly.  A little light buffing avoids that. Skip this if you want to wear them a few hours.

 

3 | WIPE

Use an alcohol pad or acetone-free nail polish remover and wipe over your nail.  This will remove any nail filings + natural oils.  Oil and sticky things = disaster.  The alcohol pad / acetone-free nail polish remover will get rid of moisture and prep the nail for the adhesive tabs.

 

4 | gel tabs/nail tabs

Lift the gel tab from the backing sheet + place it on to your nail.  Try not to touch it too much. [Tweezers can help with this]  Place the tab on your nail with the curve part at your cuticle. Press down firmly.

 

5 | APPLY

At a slight angle place the faux nail into the cuticle area of your natural nail and place down.  Then press on your nail for 10 seconds minimum [15 - 20 seconds will make them last longer].  The pressure you place on the faux nail increases the strength of the bond between it, the adhesive tab and your nail.

 


 

 

long lasting wear  [a week  - 2 weeks+] 

USE: SUPERIOR HOLD KIT, THE TOTAL PACKAGE

 

1 | PREP

 

Start with clean nails. File your nails shorter + push back your cuticles.

 

2 | BUFF

Lightly buff your bare nails. Don't rough them up to oblivion, but you want a slightly rough surface for the nail glue to stick to.

 

3 | WIPE

Use an alochol pad / acetone-free nail polish remover to clean away nail filings and dehydrate your nail bed of natural oils.  Glue hates oil + moisture.  If you want your faux nails to stay on long -  this is 100% necessary!

 

4 | GLUE

The nail glue will dictate EVERYTHING.  Amazing nail glue will make your falsies last longer.  Fact.   Apply nail glue to your natural nail. TIP FOR SUPER LONG WEAR: Apply nail glue to the back of the faux nail as well. This creates a double bond = More wear time!

 

5 | APPLY

At an angle, place the false nail near the cuticle, then place down.  Press down on your nail for 10 - 15 seconds.  Wipe away any excess glue immediately.  If any glue gets on your skin it will eventually lift and peel off, which exposes your falsies to letting water in which weakens the glue's strength.

 

EXTRA TIPS:

WAIT 30MINS BEFORE HAND WASHING

After application wait 30mins minimum before washing your hands. It gives the glue extra strength for long lasting hold.

 

AVOID PICKING AT THEM.

Avoid digging your nails underneath them and fiddling with them 

 

AVOID EXCESSIVE WATER SOAKING. 

Obviously you're going to shower, bathe etc but don't over-do soaking them in water for excessive periods of time

 

LOOK AFTER THEM.

Don't be too harsh on faux your nails.  Skip bowling, wear gloves when dealing with chemicals etc. Show them some love!

 

 

 

 

HOW TO REMOVE FAUX NAILS

USE: Bowl Of Warm Water, Orange Wood Stick, Netflix [optional]

 

PREPARE WATER BATH

 

Prepare a bowl of warm soapy water. Major spa vibes!  Deep enough that the water covers all of the faux nails. 

 

1 | SOAK

Soak your nails for around 5 minutes for adhesive tabs [10 - 12 minutes for glue].  Sit back, relax, watch some netflix and think of it like a mini pamper session!

 

2 | REMOVE

Gently push the orange wood / cuticle stick between your nail and the faux nail.  If it's coming away easily continue to gently push off the faux nail.  If there's any resistance, wait a little longer.  Be patient and they'll come off when they're ready.  Refill your bowl with fresh warm if the water gets too cold.

 

3 | FINISHING TOUCH

If any glue residue is on your nail -  lightly buff this away. Apply a lovely hand cream and/or cuticle oil.  Then you're done!  

 

So whether you want to wear your nails for one night only, a crazy weekend or as long as you want -  use these application tips.  You can flaunt your faux nails til you're ready for the next set!