How to Apply Fake Nails

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The correct way to apply fake nails involves first cleaning and filing the original nail surfaces and then applying the nail from front to back for better adhesion. View a demonstration by a professional nail artist in this free video on nail art and manicures.

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I'm Amy Hamilton-Weldon from Oakwood Nail Spa in Raleigh, North Carolina and we're going to talk about applying false nails. The first thing you want to do when applying false nails is to file the surface of the nail to get oils and you know red, polish residue off it. So, when you put the form on, you want the form to be the same arch as your nail. I usually start at the free edge and work my way backwards 'cause I think that actually helps the acrylic adhere to your nail bed more. And you want the nail to have a nice arch. The longer the person wants their nails to be, the thicker you should make them. The longer they get, the, they need some substance in order to be strong and that's the something about having fake nails is you want to be able to do stuff; you don't want them snapping off, you know, every time you turn around. Okay, you can tell they're done by clicking on it. See, this one sounds dull; so, it's not done yet. This one's ready. Okay, those were just some basic tips, but you should always consult a nail professional.

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