5.7.11

Tuesday Tip: DIY False Nails

I really don't think nail art was made for busy women. I've become a bit disheartened with nail art lately because it seems whenever I paint my nails, I just keep bodging it up. I either smudge my nails whilst trying to clean up the skin around the nails or dent them whilst doing something when I think they're dry. 

I decided to try out false nails (to design myself, not pre-designed) to see if they would make my life easier, so bought a box of 200 nails from Boots a few weeks ago (here, but sold out so try Kiss or eBay!). I have only just realised they multitude of ways false nails will be awesome for a clumsy girl like me. I'll explain...

♥ By painting my designs onto false nails, I can get both hands perfect.

♥ My skin won't get in the way whilst painting the nails. This means no annoying tidy-ups tarnishing the finish of the nail! Also I'll be able to do more perfect stripes and dots because I will be able to get from edge to edge easier.

♥ I can paint the nails, then go and do whatever I want whilst they're drying - unlike the restrictions of having dry or annoyingly-almost-dry nails.

♥ If I have free time, I can pre-design lots of different nails, so when I need awesome nails in a hurry I can just stick them on and go! Perfect for spontaneous nights out, hurriedly getting ready to go to an event or even gifts for friends. I think sticking nails on on a train is much less stressful than trying to paint them on the train like I usually do!

I decided to use my false nails for the first time last night and in my typical scour-the-house-for-a-solution manner, devised a pretty random method of holding each nail whilst painting them, which also doubles up as a way of holding them still whilst they dry! I filmed the process and took pics too (below the vid).

You will need: Nails, glue, tape, cotton buds, nail polish!



1. Wrap tape around a cotton bud once, sticky side down.

2. Turn the tape back on itself and wrap around so it's now sticky side up

3. Pop your nails onto the sticky bit, leaving some tape visible.

4. Get painting!

5. Add a design if you fancy. I did stripes and used the leopard heart stickers from the 17 free gift

Finished product:



I left the nails for about an hour to fully dry (although I will probably leave overnight in future just to be extra sure) and then stuck them onto the nails using some Kiss nail glue.

I then filed the nails down, as they were VERY square, so they are fairly short, like my own nails. 

My verdict? The whole process did take a bit longer than I thought, but I think it's because it was my first time and I was experimenting etc. The result is amazing. They feel very secure and look so smooth and professional. Because I've filed them down, it's really hard to tell they're fake. Scratching itches has become a lot more satisfying now, and I am not living in a constant state of fear of chipping my weak, bendy nails like I usually am. The only niggle is that I fear they will make the condition of my nails worse, but they have been so weak for so long, they're never going to improve, so sod it! My falsies may just have reignited my love of nail art!

Do any of you use falsies? Do you have any tips to share with a newbie here?

xo

57 comments:

  1. I am the worst for letting my nails dry - just so inpatient! always end up smudging them, I've never thought of this as an alternative - great idea, may have to try it out! x


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  2. I absolutely love this. I'm crap at nail painting so I'm definitely gunna give it a go at some point (:

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  3. this is a great idea! i've actually been thinking on trying out falsies since I saw Rani's post on them over at Cupcake Couture. I'm a bit concerned about what they'll do for my nails but my Mum always uses them when she tries to stop biting her nails and her natural nails grow quite long underneath them. :) x

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  4. This is a great post! I've never used fake nails before but I often have the same problems that you have had with my real ones.
    Love the video, that cotton-bud thing is a useful tip. I really think I'll try this out!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  5. Awesome idea Gem! I make such a mess of my nails when I think they're dry and then you pull yr jeans up after going to the bathroom and smush them and the gloss finish is ruined! lol Another fab Tues tip x x

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  6. Amazing nails/tip Gem! This is what Tuesdays were made for!

    I love the idea but I'm not a fan of falsies, they have ruined my nails in the past! I like to keep my nails pretty short (because they always break and I prefer 'the look') but this is a great idea for people who use them/love nail art!

    Good work sport!
    Burn the Blonde XX

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  7. YESYESYES! This I love. I often end up cutting my nails veryshprt, so nail art looks rubbish on them, and then they are week and bendy too. Plus my nails are small, and I have shaky hands- maybe I can finally do my own instead of having to ask The Guy to paint mine for me!!! LOVE this.

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  8. This is such a fab idea! Definitely going to give this a go sometime - I'm absolutely rubbish at doing nail art on my right hand so this would make it so much easier! xo

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  9. Oh my gosh Jess ditto! Pulling up the zip on my jeans hours later always seems to be my worst enemy too!

    I think your idea using the false nails is brilliant. I'm lucky enough to have strong nails that grow long but false ones are the perfect alternative.

    You could paint up a few batches at a time of just base colours and then go back and add in detail when you have more time. I also like the idea that you could try out a new design or idea on just one nail and if it looks good copy it onto the rest another time. Gluing these on would be much easier on the go :)

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  10. Definitely one of my FAVE Tuesday tips, really resourceful!! I usually want to cry if I smoosh a nail after doing it so this is great! xx

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  11. I always avoided false nails because I like my nails short, I never thought of filing them down - genius!! xx

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  12. Such a good idea for painting the nails. I'm ridiculous, I apply them and then try to paint them!

    One big, big thing though - do not let ANYTHING (water included) get under the nails. If dirt or water gets between your own nail and the glue then the heat from your hands will help mould/infection grow. It can happen without you even noticing. The best way to avoid it is to make sure you glue them down properly and take them off after the advised time (usually 7 days).

    Sorry for the boring, downer tip - but green/falling off nails is something nobody should have to deal with!

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  13. OH MY GOD, did I just see you on superscrimpers?!?! hehe

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  14. Have you tried nail treatments like Nail tek or Mavala?

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  15. I just reviewed some false nails on my blog. I've never tried them before and I'm surprised how much I like them. I thought it'd just feel like something was stuck to my nail all the time but they feel like my own.

    And I'm also awaiting the results when they're removed... that glue was really strong!

    S
    x

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  16. I actually have a box of false nails lurking around (as you do) so might give this a whirl later :)

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  17. Great idea, I'm awful at doing designs left-handed so often have a nice-looking left hand and plain right hand! x

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  18. fabulous idea!
    i also suck at painting my left hand, so i'm going to give this a try :)

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  19. I've been doing this for months and months now, I find nail polish NEVER chips on falsies either so win win! I cut mine to just a bit longer than my natural nails too so they still look natural. If I'm doing a design I put a bit of sticky tack onto a pen to hold it but your idea seems better if anything! x

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  20. Oh, this is such a great idea! I'm absolutely awful at painting my nails; I'm always in a hurry to get them done because I have zero patience, and I never let my nails dry for long enough, either. I think I might want to try falsies; I've never tried them before! I'm just a bit afraid that they'll ruin my natural nails, but I might as well give it a shot. :)

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  21. My nails have always been super short, and quite honestly, look ridiculous when grown unless they're painted, they just start so close to the end of my finger - it looks odd. Anyway, I started buying falsies from boots and for a while I was really pleased with them. Then I found that Asda sell a big pack, 200 for roughly £7. They're really great, quite flexible at the nail bed which is great because they bend to the shape of your nails, and they're very strong! They are pretty square too but really easy to trim/file a little.
    I've been sticking them onto my nail polish box with a big blob of blue tack which seemed to do the trick but this seems like a really great idea, much easier to paint them this way!
    Also, my nails are always very flaky, and I find falsies do make them a little worse, but, because I'm inpatient I used to peel them off - the best way to get them off is soaking them in a conditioning nail polish remover with acetone, this softens them and you can pretty much just slide them off from there.
    However I am so going to use your cotton bud trick from now on!! Fabby!
    Well this was a bit of a rant!

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  22. I am a falsie! My nails are so weak anyway that I figured it doesn't matter either. I always get mine from 'Bodycare' because they are the cheapest haha.

    And the idea with the cotton buds- amaze! I usually stick them on then paint them which is really defeating the object!

    Thanks Gem!!

    xxxxxx

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  23. such a good idea - I am a serial nail bodger too lol...x
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  24. I've never ever worn false nails before, but this post makes me want to buy some and do a little drawing on each of them! I tried painting florals last week, too embarassed to blog it as i don't think they look anything like florals. Was sooo messy. But I might put a pic up on my next post! x

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  25. This is the best tip I have seen in a long time. Thank you Gem!

    Georgie
    xx

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  26. Why has no one thought of this before?! You come up with such clever little ideas Gem!

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  27. I love this method for painting your falsies, I'm definitely going to try it out! To be honest I've never painted them before as I really love the look of a french manicure, but I really would like to have a go at doing them - I think I will use your method next time!
    My only tip would be to keep a bottle of nail glue in your bag - the ones I've had previously can sometimes ping off and it means you can quickly fix them back on.
    xxx

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  28. this is such a fantastic post, thanks hun.
    such an easy idea will make my life so much easy haha xx

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  29. You're so lucky false mails fit you-my hands and nails are just way too tiny for this tip :( I have painted on false nails for my less creative pals in the past though. Many afternoons in the back row of R.E class were spent painting loose falsies in silly designs!

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  30. SUCH a good idea! I've always been put off by fake nails - never even thought of buying them for nail art. x

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  31. Love the red & white stripe look - completely flawless!

    We're inspired.

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    x

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  32. That is such a great idea. I have never really wanted to try false nails because they always looked so... false! Definitely going to try this. x

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  33. Great idea Gem but just so you know: don't become too reliant on them because if you do, your actual nails will develop deep grooves and ridges in them. Don't forget to give your real nails a break every once in a while! Also, Miss Manicure emery boards for acrylic nails are great for shaping them, you can get them cheaply enough in Boots. xo

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  34. This is a great idea, but last time I remember using them (years ago) I found they were all far too wide so would overhang my actual nail at the sides. Maybe they're better now? Or do I just have tiny hands?

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  35. I wear falsies cos I can't stop biting my nails. I too file mine down very short so they are manageable and look more realistic. I put 10 small balls of blue tac on a board and stick my nails in order on them and paint them that way. Means you can rest the pot of varnish on the board too and any drips go onto the board also xxxx

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  36. For all those who say they prefer short nails - you can now buy nails in different lengths as well as choose between different tip shapes although I've only seen them in the small pack sizes.

    For those of you who say you can't wear falsies because you have small hands etc - I've seen packs for kids in the Asda!! Maybe they'll be ok for you? Again, you can't get a large amount but if you just want to try them out first...........

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  37. love this post but you should NOT be promoting the news of the world!
    x

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  38. i totally knew i recognised you when i watched super scrimpers! i just didnt know from where!!

    Ive always made my own exfoliator but I tried your lemon and sugar thing. it was a sticky disaster ^_^ I use either olive oil or cheap cleanser and a mixture of coarse salt and fine table salt and then after its important to close pores again with a homemade mask ^_^ just sharing some wisdom. If i dont put a mask on after i do that exfoliating I get covered in spots for a week!

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  39. Your blog is so lovely! i am an avid follower, come see me and if you like, follow! I'm a fellow kentish girl! www.fashionrockit.com xxx

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  41. A lot of people have commented that pulling up their jeans ruins their nails, but I have a solution! Just don't wear pants when you're doing your nails! I always do my nails in my underwear...but maybe the false nails are a better solution :)

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  42. LOVE this! Great tip :) thanks xx

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  43. This tip is brilliant! I love the inventiveness (is that a word?) of sticking the nails to cotton buds with masking tape!

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  44. I've never used false nails but you almost have me convinced! But I like my nails short so I think it might take forever to file them down...

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  45. Lovely post and tip as always, will have to give this one a go!
    Your nails always look so lovely, and i love that nail polish you painted them all with!
    (btw sorry about all my comments, ive just got back into blogging, so there will be like a million haha
    xx

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  47. Where did you get your nails and glue from?

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  48. I've always been a bit scared of false nails and have never tried them. BUT I'll defo be trying this today. Thanks for the tips :-)

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  49. I've always been a bit scared of false nails but am defo going to try this today! Thanks for the tips :-)

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  50. Why don't you cut the cotton bud in half? That might make it even easier to paint!

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  51. Good idea!

    Why don't you cut the cotton buds in half? That could make it even easier to paint!

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  52. Personally, I really dislike nail glue but I discovered these "press on" nail stickers that are super strong and don't damage your nails in anyway, provided that when you remove them you aren't too forceful

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