How to Make Your Hands Longer

Some people are self-conscious about the way that their hands look.
Some people are self-conscious about the way that their hands look. (Image: Images)

While there is no way to physically make your hands longer, there are a few techniques and ideas that you can employ to create the illusion that they are not as short as they are. It may seem relatively inconsequential to worry about something like hand length, but some people are self-conscious about this issue.

Things You'll Need

  • Self-manicure kit with press-on nails
  • Nail grooming tools including a nail file, cleaning brush and cuticle tool
  • Fingernail polish

Use a nail brush to completely clean fingernails before you do anything else, and then file your nails to give them a smooth rounded look.

Push your cuticles back with a long wooden cuticle tool to expose as much of the fingernails as possible. Longer nails give the appearance of longer hands.

Add length to you nails. Have a manicurist apply acrylic or gel fingernails over your existing nails or do this yourself with press-on nails that ou can purchase at a beauty supply store.

Paint your nails light, natural colors such as white infused with pearl and light pinks to create the most natural look. Avoid dark colors. Deep, dark colors actually make your nails appear shorter and therefore your hands will also appear to be shorter.

Tips & Warnings

  • Note that a "French" manicure creates the illusion that your nails are real more than any other type of manicure.
  • Avoid biting your nails.
  • Keep hands moisturized.
  • Avoid making your nails so long that they instantly look artificial.

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