How to Make Press-On Nails Look Natural

Overview of Press On Nails

Press on nails is a great way to get beautiful nails without going to the salon. However, many people strive to make them look realistic and natural. With the right techniques, you can make your press on nails look just like the real thing!

In this article, we'll show you how to make press on nails look real. So read on to find out how to make nail presses look more realistic!

How to Make Press On Nails Look More Natural

1. Choose the right size of Nails

This is probably the most important step in making your fake nails look real. Press-on nails are very easy to use, especially if you choose the right size nails. Many retailers will now let you choose your own size, rather than forcing you to choose one size that fits all. You can use a tape measure to measure the size of your nails. 

Using the centimeters, use a tape measure from one side of the nail to the other and count the thin lines in between. Since the number of lines (millimeters) on each nail will change (your thumb and pinky are not the same size), and the number of lines will vary from hand to hand, you'll need to measure each nail. Write down your measurements and save them for future purchases.

2. Customize your base

If you end up with a press-on nail that doesn't come in a specific size, or if you choose a small, medium or large one and it's not quite the right size, you can arrange it to your liking. Simply take a glass nail file and gently stroke the foundation a few times in one direction. Do not file too much, as this can distort the bottom of the nail and cause the shape of the nail to be out of line with the nail bed. Fortunately, most no-size nail bags come with a fair amount of nails. Always try any adhesive on your nails before applying it.

3. Pick a shape that compliments your hands

Just like clothing, certain nail shapes will flatter your hands more than others. For example, an oval or square press on nail works best if your nail bed is short or wide. If you have a long or narrow nail bed, almond or stiletto fake nails are more flattering.

4. Choose the right length

While the size of the nail bed is important to allow your nails to fit your press on nails, you also want to make sure to choose the right length so that you don't need to do a lot of filing on the free edges. If you're not used to having extra-long nails, you might think it's a smart idea to try a press-on for the first time. Your instincts don't go away, because if you don't like them, they can easily be eliminated. However, if you need to file your nails too much, you risk ruining the shape of your nails, and if you have nail art, you may distort the design - which often gives away that your nails are not done by a professional. So choose your length wisely!

5. File the edges

That being said, you want to make sure the tips of your press on nails are filed. The edges of most nails are imperfect -- you can feel the edges of your nails if you run your finger over the tip. It looks like the nails were made in a certain pattern and you can see where they broke the nails. You'll want to gently file the edges so that it doesn't snag your clothes and hair, and, because it usually gives away that you're wearing press-ons.

6. Go for natural colors

When it comes to making your press on nails look realistic, less is more when it comes to color. Nude or light pink will always look more natural than bright colors or quirky designs.

7. Use the right nail glue

All nail polish is not the same. How long your press on nails last depends on your application process, but also on the quality of the nail glue. If you don't want your nails to suddenly pop up during an activity after two days of application, make sure you are using a long-lasting adhesive. Remember to apply enough glue to your nails so that no air bubbles form when you paint them.

Follow these simple steps and you'll be pressing your fake nails like a pro in no time. Remember to prepare your nails beforehand, use enough glue, and let them dry completely before doing anything else. With a little practice, you can have perfect, authentic nails every time!

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