There is nothing in this world that makes me feel like a put together woman than having a nice manicure (and pedicure in the summer).
Even though I take supplements, I just can’t seem to keep nice natural nails. My nails bend and peel and break so easily, even polishes like shellac can’t help with my natural nail problems.
I have been wearing acrylics for years, and we all know that can become very time-consuming and extremely costly, and not to mention absolutely destroy your natural nails.
I am a little OCD when it comes to painting my own nails as well, and I find the drying time to be tedious only for them to chip a day or so later, no matter what brand I try.
I have also attempted nail wraps, and for some reason I cannot, in the slightest, ever get them on right!
So I’ve come to find a happy medium-applying my own glue on nails.
I will warn you that this process doesn’t help much with repairing the condition of your nails, however, if you are like me and experience the issues I do with my nails this has been the best alternative for me, personally.
I have been applying my own nails on and off for roughly four years and I have FINALLY found the perfect method to getting my glue on nails to remain intact for at least two weeks, and I would love to share it with you.
My Foolproof LONG LASTING Glue On Nail Method:
Step 1: Start Out With A Good Manicure
I always like to start with a good manicure prior to gluing on my nails. I like to make sure my natural nails are clipped down to a good length, filed, and excess cuticle taken care of.
We all know its not GREAT to clip your cuticles as it could potentially cause infection. This has happened to me on more than one occasion-from my own tools.
The official term for a cuticle infection is Paronychia which is caused by injury or irritation, such as a hangnail, cuticle damage, or continually wet hands (WebMD-Finger Infection).
Rather than clipping my cuticles I like to use a cuticle remover gel and then scrub the dead skin off with a nail cleaning brush, that way I do not need to push my cuticles back with any tools that could cause damage to my nail bed putting myself at risk for any time of infection.
There are two different cuticle removers that I have been using lately:
Prolinc be Natural Cuticle Eliminator is the product that I have been using for the longest. It is a nice gel consistency and does not cause any pain when applied to the cuticles.
I recently picked up the Ruby kisses Nail Treatment Cuticle Remover from a local beauty supply store and to be honest I like it a lot. The consistency is more of a liquid which is applied with a brush, just like a regular nail polish. Unfortunately, this product is a bit harsher than the Prolinc be Natural Cuticle Eliminator and tends to sting, so please beware if you purchase this product.
Step 2: Prep Your Natural Nails For Application Of False Nails
Make sure you wash and scrub your nails of any residue that may be left over from the cuticle eliminating products before you start this next step. You want to be sure that you don’t nick your nail beds or cut up your cuticles accidentally with the nail file, which could leave you prone to an infection.
I then take a coarse 100 grit nail file and rough up my nails, make sure to get every area of the nail that you can-this step will ensure the nail glue adheres to the natural nail and creates a stronger bond between the natural nail and the false nail.
You can purchase Beauty Secrets nail files at Sally Beauty for $1.09 a piece-extra bonus, they are both washable and double-sided.
After this step, I generously apply cuticle oil and rub it into my nail beds and all over my natural nails as this whole process can become very drying to your hands and again, you do not want any injury to your cuticles or nail beds, trust me!
I purchased the Ruby Kisses Nail Treatment Cuticle Oil with lemon at my local beauty supply store.
Step 3: Glue those nails on!
Again, make sure to give your hands a good wash with warm soap and water and give one more generous scrub with your nail cleaning brush, now you are ready to start applying those nails!
First, you want to make sure that you have the correct size nail before committing to gluing the false nail on.
False nails usually come in a box of 24, each size has two corresponding nails that are the same size. Now, you have to look very closely on the underside of the nail at the very tip, there will be a number-the lower the number, the larger the nail, the higher the number, the smaller the nail.
In my experience-most of the time, if a size 7 nail fits on one of your ring fingers, the same size will fit on both ring fingers. The only time this rule doesn’t apply is to my thumbs, as my left nail bed is smaller than my right nail bed.
Once you have your nail sizes sorted out, keep like sizes together. I set mine up in order from thumb to pinky, it makes it so much easier to quickly get the job done.
I cannot stress how important the next step is prior to gluing your nails on: make sure you apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and clean your nails off, one last time.
This step ensures any oils or residue left over from your nail prep is completely gone. You don’t want to have left over bits of anything, hindering the bond between your natural nail and your false nail.
NOW YOU ARE READY TO APPLY THOSE BEAUTIFUL NAILS!!!
I have FINALLY FOUND THE HOLY GRAIL OF ALL NAIL GLUES:
You guys… I have been doing this little manicure trick for many, many, years and I have never gotten wear time for more than five days at most. I have tried so many products, and they just do not adhere nearly as well as this nail glue does.
I finally got the idea to do a quick little Amazon search and study up on what nail glues have the best reviews. I found the NYKI Nail Bond Brush On Glue For Acrylic nails had 4.5 stars and almost 10k reviews- I knew I had to try it.
Let me tell you, I have put this glue to the ultimate test-my trip to NYC, shopping, taking the subway, carrying luggage around everywhere, open and closing my backpack, constantly pulling my MTA Metrocard and debit card in and out of my wallet, not to mention digging around in my purse.
My nails were medium length sized which I never wear, and they did not budge. I even was able to continue wearing them for almost a week after! Even when it was time for me to change my nails, they were still STUCK on as if it was the day I applied them.
This nail glue is, obviously, a brush on and applies very evenly, and you can ensure every nook and cranny of your natural nail is evenly coated. It is also very important that you get an even coat of glue on your nails, so no air bubbles get trapped in between your natural nail and false nail-this could very well cause your false nail to pop right off.
Also, you want to make sure that you don’t apply too much glue as once you press that nail on the glue will seep out of the sides of the nail. Not only will the glue dry crusty around the nail, but you have a very strong chance that glue that seeped out could stuck on the finger you are pressing the nail on with, causing you to compromise the nail, and you’ll have to start the process on that finger all over again.
Your last step in the process is crucial-make sure you press that false nail on with a good amount of pressure to ensure that the nail adheres properly and flawlessly. Also, be very careful that you put the nails on as straight as possible, so you don’t have a wonky nail.
It will definitely take some practice gluing nails on yourself before you get them nearly flawless. I would be totally lying to you if at least one of my nails isn’t crooked at this very moment. Remember, your hands are sisters, not twins (or does that work for eyebrows only) and they are not going to be absolutely perfect, and that is okay! No one is going to be looking that closely at your hands to notice one little nail is a bit crooked!
Practice always makes perfect, so if you struggle a bit the first few times, just remember, we have all been there before, so don’t give up!
I suppose you are wondering where I purchase my false nails…
Check out my Pinterest board below and cop some of my favorite nails at a steal of a price:
I hope this tutorial-ish post inspired you to save some money and try doing your own manicure at home! Let me know in the comments if you guys have any tips or tricks for glue on nails / manicures, OR if you try this method. I love hearing from you guys and connecting with you!!!
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