How To Apply Nail Extensions Perfectly? – With Steps And Pictures

Written by Jyotsana Rao

Beautiful hands have always been part of our grooming ritual since ancient times. Women love to accessorize their hands and take care of nails. In ancient Egypt, long nails were symbolic of status and wealth. In current times, beautiful nails are part of your personality, but not everyone is blessed with strong, beautiful nails. Nail extensions is a way to get those lovely beautiful nails. Nail extension roughly means adding an artificial tip to your original nail end to give it length. It then gets covered with acrylic, gel or fiberglass. A nail can also be formed on your natural nail; in this process no tip is used. This forming is often called sculpting and can also be considered an extension. Three most talked about nail extensions are Acrylic nails, Gel and Fiberglass.

Acrylic Nails Extensions:

The acrylic nails are created by mixing liquid monomer and a powder polymer, which when combined form a hard protective layer that is sculpted over the natural nail. These nails become hard when exposed to air. To do extension an artificial tip added on nail before using acrylic mix. After that the nails extensions are shaped, buffed for a shiny finish.

Gel Nails Extensions:

Gel is hair gel type of consistency that is applied either on top of an artificial nail extension, or directly onto the natural nail bed to strengthen the nail and promote long nail growth naturally. It differs from acrylic in terms that no mixing is required to create gel and the nails must be cured in a UV lamp to create strong gel extensions.

Fiberglass or Silk Nail Extensions:

This is a less popular approach. This process involves cutting pieces of fiberglass or silk to fit the nail bed or tip, before sealing them into position using resin or glue. These are the three different types of nail extensions that can be done to get longer nails but all of them require the help of a professional artist and a proper nail salon.(of course they can be done at home but then you require to buy all those expensive products and most importantly lots of practice to get them done at home.)

So how can you apply nail extension at home because it’s very expensive to get them done in salons?
There are several types of artificial nail tips available in market to do nail extensions at home. You can try with these:

How to apply artificial nail tips at home:

To apply nail extension at home you will need following things:
1. Artificial tips: there are several types of nail tips available in market like white, clear, colored, glitter, with design etc. These tips are basically made of plastic. Get the one which you prefer (I prefer white or clear tips.)

2. Nail glue: nail glues are easily available now.

3. Manicure kit: nail file, buffer, cuticle pusher and nipper.

4. Scissors or nail tip cutter.

Stepwise Tutorial:

Step 1:

To start, first prepare your natural nails; wash your hands, removes any polish or glue or anything with help of acetone.

Step 2:

Push your cuticles back.

Step 3:

Now buff your natural nail lightly so that it doesn’t have any shine and moisture on it.

Step 4:

If your natural nails are long, then cut them and trim the corners for better grip of artificial nails.

Step 5:

Now the important step, choosing an appropriate size of nail tip. This step is important as it will look very bad if you choose a wrong size. Take time and choose the exact size of tip which matches the c-curve of natural nail bed (from left to right). If the tip is slightly wider, then you can file it down.

Step 6:

Once you choose your tip, apply glue on the hollow part of the tip and apply it on nails. Give it a little pressure to avoid air bubbles. Be careful as the glue is very sticky.

Step 7:

Leave it on for 30 seconds. After that cut the tip a little longer than you desired length with the help of a tip cutter or scissors. (as filing and shaping will make them smaller in length.)

Step 8:

Shape you tips and sides of artificial nail (to make them exact fit on nail bed). Buff them for finish.

Step 9:

Now take your buffer and start buffing lightly where the artificial tip meets the natural nail to make an even surface. Don’t buff on natural nail, try to do it on artificial tip only. Do it slowly so that you can see what you are doing and are not accidently buffing the whole artificial tip at nail bed.

Step 10:

Clean your nail and apply the base. Apply nail polish design; do nail art on the new long nails.

It will need a little practice but you will learn very easily. To remove tips, simply soak then in acetone for 10 minutes and the tips will easily come off. You can remove and do different manicures on the same tips if you get bored after 2-3 days. I personally did 3-4 manicure on the same tips.

Here’s one of my manicures using artificial tips:

Don’t be scared of the red/yellow skin is because of henna.

Hope this article helps you. Comment if you have any query regarding application or anything.

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