About this time I started buying up big on nail art accessories on eBay. I think my first purchase was $20 – high finances! But! I got a boat-load of stuff for that price, given most things were only $1 with shipping included.
I mentioned in the previous post about striping tape. This first set of fake nails features silver striping tape, and was inspired by a beautiful set of pale purple and silver nails I found on Pinterest.
First thing I needed to do was work out which nails fit mine, so I spent some time going through the pack I bought (500 false nails, all sorted into sizes – 10 sizes in all). Eventually I settled on the sizes I needed. I suggest you make note of this somewhere as you will refer to it each time you make a new set – much easier than refitting your nails!
Once I selected the nails, I needed to cut them down a bit, because a) they were far too long for what I’d be comfortable wearing and b) I am not a fan of square nails and prefer a more natural oval shape. This required some forceful clipping, and slow and labourious filing.
Tools of the trade. Large clippers for the initial cut, then small ones to shape. The full sized nail is shown between them, and my preferred size above.
As you get more experienced, you’ll soon find you get more adept at clipping the nails to the size and shape, and so the filing is really just to smoothe out the edges. With my first set, I nearly suffocated from the nail powder residue. I strongly suggest you don’t breathe in while you file. I’m not sure if the dust is harmful, but it smells a bit unpleasant, and it’s better to be safe than sorry!
I use a fine nail file to smoothe out any rough edges and do a final shape.
Next it’s time to paint! I had a beautiful light purple polish that was given to me by a friend, and because it’s my favourite colour, I opted to use it for my first set of nails. I was also graduating from my BA and thought having some nice, fancy nails for the ceremony would be fun! As it turned out, they showed up nicely in my photos, and the student sitting next to me thought they were fabulous
I originally painted this set by placing each nail on the finger pad on my left hand, while I painted with my right. This soon proved very annoying, as the nails wouldn’t balance, or I’d accidentally paint them to my finger. Also, it was a paint to pick them up without smudging. Since then, however, I have come up with an ingenious (I think) method which also makes the process much quicker. I take a small ball of blu-tack and stick each nail to it, then stick the blu-tack to the top of a nail polish bottle. I’ve also used pens and other things that I had laying around, but through trial and error, the polishes work best for me.
Look at those fancy nail polishes! They also double as a stand for my nails while I paint them. Then I can just pop them away while they dry without any mess or fuss!
I did a couple of coats of polish, and then started working out what I wanted each nail to look like. I did some with glitter, some with striping tape, and one with rhinestones. At this stage I realised I really needed some fine point tweezers, so they were my next eBay purchase!
Once I had everything the way I liked it, I gave the nails a generous coating of topcoat to seal it all in. Here’s how they turned out!
This is before I trimmed the striping tape. I used a purple sheer gloss polish to darken the chevron nail. I used the same polish and a dark glitter to do the pinkie, whereas for the thumb I used a silver glitter polish.
I am still really proud of them! The only issue I had was that the striping tape tends to curl up at the edges after a week or so, and then it’s very tempting to pull it, or it gets caught on things. For the future, I’d suggest a lot more top coat on nails with striping tape.
What do you think? Not bad, hey!
PS that macaroon was delicious!
Next time I’ll discuss my next project – 3D fruity nails!