Fingernails are an important part of your feminine illusion but, very few of us can keep your nails long and painted all of the time so artificial nails have to do. They are readily available online or in drug stores such as Walgreens but I get mine from Talon Nails online because they come in larger sizes.
I particularly like the fact that the number which designates the nail size is molded into the nail at the base instead of the tip. Other nails that I ordered by size number were on the tip which gets trimmed off so you have to guess at the size if you reuse them. The wide ranges in size Talon offers allow me to perfectly match my own nail width for a more natural look. They come either painted or unpainted which is what I use most of the time so I can do a French Manicure or a special color I want. They also come extra-long so you can trim them to your desired length. The longer the nail the thinner your fingers will look but, they are harder to keep on because the length acts like a lever prying them off before you are ready. Car door handles are a big problem in addition to reaching into your purse.
I have found that the most practical length for me is about ¼ inch beyond my fingertip and I made a gauge to make each nail size consistent. This allows me to always have a uniform look along with having spares in case I lose one by accident.
The nails can be cut to size using either scissors or the special nail clipper available at beauty supply stores. I recommend the clippers because they have a slot that they nail goes through and will give a much more uniform cut. Having the nails cut to a uniform size allows you to create spare nails should you lose one and know it will match the other nails.
I made a lazy susan then drilled holes for 1/4 inch dowels for the fingers and 1/2 inch for the thumbs. I sanded them so they are rounded on top to make them fit the underside of the nail. The smaller dowels for the fingers go on the outer edge of the wheel and the larger for thumbs toward the center. Placing two sided tape or the press on nail tabs on top of the dowel will grip the bottom of the nail so it stays put while you paint he nails. Press the nails firmly onto the dowels and then just rotate the wheel in front of you while you polish.
After two coats of polish followed by a clear top coat and drying overnight they are ready to wear. The best way that I have found to secure the fake nail to your own nail is from CHIC’s first president Lane who used Dap contact cement pictured hear instead of the Crazy Glue which usually requires acetone to remove them.
You can get DAP at Home Depot along with the throw away metal flux brush.
Contact cement is in the paint section and the flux brush in tools where the solder is.
Talon Nails asked me to try out their already painted nails which worked out very well and saved time in the process. They are the same material as their unfinished nails coming in popular colors looking great when done. The picture below shows the nails as they come in the package.
I made a fixture from an unfinished table leg bought from Home Depot.
The nails are sitting on ice cream sticks glued together then to the leg. To give the nails a uniform size I used fewer sticks on the left for the pinky finger and more for the thumb and middle fingers. The nails should not extend more than 1/4 inch beyond your finger to avoid pulling off accidentally.
The very last thing that you do before you go out after hair makeup and everything is the nails. To put them on wash your hands then clean the underside of the nail and the top of your nails with alcohol and let dry. Using the flux brush spread a thin coat of contact cement on both the underside of the artificial nail and your nail and let dry for 10 minutes. IMPORTANT don’t cheat on the time because it works much better if you are patient. After the 10 minutes is up take the artificial nail and hold it at an angle so the back edge touches your cuticle. Align it with your finger and then press down and quickly check for straightness and make any adjustments quickly before it sets. Next roll your thumb over the nail so it is firmly in place and repeat with the other nails. Watch TV or play solitaire for another 10 minutes and you should be good for the night.
To take the nails off when you get home just grab the end pinched between your thumb and index finger and twist the nail off with gentle steady pressure. You can clean the contact cement residue off your nail with nail polish remover or acetone but be careful not to get any on the artificial nails. I found a much better way to get the contact cement off of your nails when you remove them. Its better for removal of contact cement than acetone and easier on your skin.
I discovered this one by accident when I ran out of polish remover pads that were my previous solution. I had just returned home and removed my eye makeup so it was still on the sink so I gave it a try. It worked like a charm removing all of the contact cement without removing the natural oil from my finger skin. AWESOME!
The nails can be used over and over again if you put them in a tin can or something that you will never eat or drink out of and just cover them with Goo Gone for 24 hours. Pictured below a BBQ grease cup is being used positioned as shown and then Goo Gone is added to just cover the nails.
The contact cement will just roll right off and then you can rinse them off in warm water but be sure to wipe them dry with a paper towel to avoid water marks.
I store mine in one of those plastic pill cases with the days of the week on them that you get at the drug store.
The finished product is very elegant and ladylike fingers. This nail length is very complimentary to your hands making your them look very feminine.