Hey everyone! Awhile back I took a poll on Instagram asking if you all would be interested in a post on how I do my own nails at home and have them look like I got them done at the salon.
If you’re a girl who regularly likes to have acrylic nails, you know that those salon visits can add up. Not to mention that gel polish, a cute nail design or blingy crystals only adds to the cost. I’ve had some good experiences at the salon, but I’ve also had a lot of negative ones. I’ve literally had an infection on my nail from acrylics. I’ve also had part of my nail ripped off upon professional acrylic removal. Needless to say, I’m over the cost, the pain, and the B.S.
SO, I decided to just start doing my own nails. I’m no professional and I don’t actually use acrylic powder so don’t come for me saying I’m putting people’s health at risk haha. I’ll give you guys the step by step (with pics)!
What you’ll need:
(keep in mind you can find all of this stuff at Walmart or your local beauty store)
Nail Swatch Wheel // KISS Nail Tips // KISS Nail Glue // Double Sided Tape // Nail Clipper // Nail File // Crystals & Tweezer Set // Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (Color: Sugar Fix) // SH Miracle Gel Top Coat
#1. Find the nail tips that fit the shape of all 10 of your fingernails! Align the base of the nail tip with the base of your fingernail so that it lays on your nail bed and matches the shape perfectly.
At nail salons they usually match up the plastic tip with the white ring on the top of your nail (like your natural nail tip, when it goes from pink to white)–but you want to make sure these fit your ENTIRE nail, not just the white tip. Hopefully that makes sense.
THEN cut and file the plastic nail to your desired length and shape. I just filed mine into the basic rectangle shape, but you can do coffin- or almond-shaped nails if you’d like.
#2. With the double-sided tape, TAPE the underside of the plastic nails to the nail swatch wheel. This will make it super easy to paint and apply crystals.
Then, of course, paint your two coats of nail polish to the fake nails and apply a top coat. If I just wanted the fake nails with no crystals, I would let them dry overnight. But, since I’m applying crystals, I’ll let the polish dry a couple hours before applying them.
#3 Let the polish dry for a couple hours. Now, use the tweezers and nail glue to apply the crystals.
Nail glue dries pretty quickly so I get everything set up first. I take out the crystals that I’ll be using and then I squeeze a small dollop of nail glue onto a wax-coated paper plate. You can use anything plastic that you don’t care about. The glue would absorb on a paper towel so avoid using those.
With my tweezer, I grab a crystal and lightly dip the bottom of it in the little pool of glue, then I place it where I want on the nail. Here, I’m bedazzling my ring-finger nails. Just repeat this step and make whatever design you want with the crystals. I look at Pinterest for all my nail-crystal inspo haha.
#4 After bedazzling, carefully paint a thin layer of top coat over the crystals (so as not to drown them in top coat and have them look dull) and spread the top coat to the rest of the nail so it dries evenly.
Now that I’ve inhaled enough nail polish fumes to kill half my brain cells, I turn my fan on and let the nails dry overnight. In the morning I’ll lift them from the tape and apply them.
#5 TO APPLY: Dab a bit of nail glue on the underside of the fake nail and then dab a bit to your actual nailbed. Press on the fake nail to your nail bed (making sure it’s not crooked) and hold for 30 seconds to a minute. And that’s it!
Pro tip: Sometimes one nail can pop off randomly, so I just carry the nail glue in my purse to put on any nail that comes off. Basically, these are press-on nails and they’ll last however long you want them to because you decide when you want to take them off.
*To take them all off, soak them in soapy water for 10 minutes or so, and they should come off with ease, but you can always use an orange stick to help you! I’ve never had any problems with removal and it’s pain-free!
This is the final result. I think they turned out pretty good for a DIY! And I got a bunch of compliments on them so that was nice too haha.
Well, I hope this helped! Let me know if you’re gonna try this out yourself and DM me your pictures on Instagram (@traceif). Would love to see them!
Thanks for reading!