Applying fake designer nails has become a possibility for every woman. It’s not only in specialized salons that you can get such a manicure, but also at home, sitting comfortably in your favorite armchair. In what follows we will show you step-by-step how to construct your own fake nails using tips and gel. It’s not difficult and after a number of tries you’ll also be able to do the same thing for your closest friends. Now, we don’t mean designing nail art models, but strictly building the support structure.

Before anything else we must remove lacquer or polish from natural nails, which isn’t done by scraping or breaking, but by solely using an acetone solvent. Afterwards shorten the nails to a maximum size of 2 mm. Then comes cuticle treatment; cuticles shouldn’t be cut, just lightly pushed with a stick made from rose or orange wood. Matte the surface of the nails with a fine file or buffer, but don’t overdo it, as we don’t do this to make the nails thinner, but simply to remove their shine. Finish by completely removing the dust. Wipe off the surface with a degreasing solution, while later on avoiding things coming into contact with the bare finger.

We continue by properly choosing extension tips for each individual finger. Each element in turn must act as a normal extension of the natural nail. If you don’t have tips that reach the edge of the cuticles, the remaining space will have to be filled with gel. We make sure once more that the nail is very well degreased, so that we obtain maximum tip adherence.

Gluing extensions should be made in such a way that no air bubbles form in between the base and the element that needs to be applied. We apply a thin layer of glue on the extension tips, we set them beginning from the tip of the natural nail and gently tilt them until they adhere to the entire surface. Lightly press on them for about 10 seconds. After this operation we shorten the extension down to our desired length by using clippers, while also keeping in mind that we must also file the resulting nail. The portion of space where the extension overlays the natural nail should be filed down until any visible trace of the transition is eliminated. This can be achieved by filing only the applied element. We continue by matting the tip and removing the dust. We then degrease the surface very well.

Next we move onto finalizing the fake nails. We apply a thin layer of primer gel, but only on the natural nail, without touching the extension tip. The gel’s purpose is to create adherence between the base gel and the nail. We don’t require a UV lamp, we simply air dry it. We wait for it to dry and then apply the base gel layer on the entire surface of nail, using a wider brush to make it thin and even. We wipe off the excess gel from the edges with a wood stick. Insert your hand under a UV lamp for two minutes. Do not touch the resulting layer with anything. Apply the construction gel and spread it evenly on the entire surface in circular movements, without touching the cuticles. Wipe off the excess fallen on the skin with the wood stick.

After completing each finger use the UV lamp for 5 seconds. After all the fingers on one hand have been completed, use the lamp again for about 3 minutes. We continue by wiping the resulting surface using a cleaning and degreasing solution. We then file the surface to make it even. We wipe off the resulting dust and finish off by matting the nail. You should remember that the construction layer must not have a shine to it. Use the degreasing solution again and then file until you achieve the desired shape. And that is all, you nails are ready to drawn or paint on or apply different products meant for nail art designs.