Wednesday, 11 January 2012

false fun

As I said I would, here is my follow-up on false nails. I used to be a complete beginner at using false nails and never did it very often but now I have the hang of it and have a few cheeky hints so hopefully I can spread the joy!

A while back someone tweeted about some specific cheap nails from ebay so I bought them as there was more than 200 sets for around £3 but unfortunately I can't find any like that but I have found these and I have heard they are good, and they're still cheap as chips... ebay nails.

So I'm going to show you how I do my nails, I'm sure it's a very long winded way but it's how I like to do it and what works best for me so I'm just hoping it will help someone else out there.

OK so these are the nails that I use, I don't use them as sets really, my finger nails are pretty teeny so I usually use the smaller ones and not the big ones, even on my thumbs. As I have so many sets it doesn't matter about wasting the bigger ones in my opinion.

So I pick them off of the set thing and I then put them to my nails and cut the sides and tips so they are the width and length I like. It's always best to file them down too, as you don't want coarse edges.

So this is when it gets slightly geeky!
So I got this idea from the wonderful Gem as it's a great way to be able to paint the nails without getting it all over your fingers.
You need five cotton buds and masking tape and then you wrap the masking tape slightly round the tip and then turn the tape slightly and then start wrapping it back the other way to ensure its sticky enough for the nail to stick.
(I really hope that makes sense, because I'm not sure it does)
You could even use double sided tape (that'd be a lot easier actually)

Then it is best to label the tape so you know which nail is which such as R1, R2 etc.

Then you paint with your colour.
(I don't usually use base coat on false nails)

Then you can add whatever you want.
Here I've done white polka dots using a white Rimmel Tip polish using the end of a kirby grip.

Models Own, Pastel Pink

And here's the finished product!
I use a really cheap nail glue, it was literally a £1 and the nails
don't start to come off till at least four days which I don't think is too bad.

There are lots like these on ebay but I would definately recommend a nail glue with a brush rather than a nib as it goes on more evenly.

I hope my instructions make sense, it all takes a bit of practice so don't panic if you don't get it to begin with. I have one last TIP: if you want to get rid of the nails but they are still stuck on, I find using my teeth and biting them off is the best but BE CAREFUL because you do not want to damage your nails.

Hope someone finds this just as helpful and useful as me!


  1. really helpful tips! I love the design too, cute but simple. Kinda loooks like your blog background haha xxx

  2. These are really cute girl (:
    I'm following now!

  3. Wow these look great! think im going to try this pattern my real nails :)

  4. great tutorial, these look great x

  5. WOW, they look amazing! Love the colours you've used xx

  6. love it
    & nice blog dear
    pls look also at mine and become a friend too :)

    XO, Carmen

  7. Thank you for all your lovely comments :) xx


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