What is Nail Primer used for?

Don’t you just hate it when your nail polish starts chipping away when you just got them done a few days ago?

Not only would it have been a waste of your time, but quite a pain for your pockets as well.

Ugh, I understand the struggle. Been there, done that. A faded, crusty nail look isn’t exactly the most pleasing to look at.

So then you start to wonder, what exactly is the secret to achieving a flawless, chip-free manicure?

Well, unfortunately, there isn’t some sort of ancient hocus pocus technique to get your perfect nails to stay intact forever or anything. But what we do have are nail primers!

What does a nail primer do exactly, that it helps with a near-perfect finish for your polished nails?

Eyes here, as the answer, lies within this article!

Is a nail primer the same as a base coat?

Is a nail primer the same as a base coat

There’s a bit of confusion when it comes to differentiating these two nail products.

Nail primer, base coat, same thing, get the job done, right? Both serve to prepare your nails prior to your manicure and allow them to last longer.

While it’s true that they do have their similarities, they work in totally different ways and have their own distinct properties.

For instance, nail primer is a dehydrating product formulated to stick to your nail beds, thus making the product a bit harsher.

Since it acts as a dehydrator, it strips the nails of their natural oils and creates a bit of roughness on the nail plate.

Meanwhile, a base coat adds moisture to your nail beds to strengthen rather than remove them. 

Unlike nail primers, which cling to the nail polish applied on top, a base coat provides a protective layer between itself and the pigment above it, filling the small ridges and uneven areas on the nail. 

So no, nail primers and base coats are similar, but they are not the same. End of story.

How do you apply nail primer?

Applying nail primer is actually a pretty simple process. You can use the primer with a small brush, and it comes in the form of a clear liquid.

To start, you’ll have to take the brush out, wipe off the excess, and apply a thin layer down the middle of your unpolished nail. 

But wait, do you put primer on the whole nail? The answer is no! Nail primer has a way of spreading itself out, so there will be no need to apply it everywhere on your nail plate, lest it dehydrates the entire nail. 

However, if your nails are larger than average, you might need to apply a small amount down the sides to even it out. Just remember to steer clear of the cuticle area!

Wait for it to evaporate. It’s going to look like it just disappeared, but it leaves a sticky residue on the nail. At that point, you’re gonna want to proceed with your manicure or your artificial nail service as usual. 

Is a nail primer necessary?

Is a nail primer necessary

Now you might be thinking that with the harshness of nail primer, is it really necessary to apply it every time before painting over them?

Well, nail primers may be harsh, but they also come with their own set of benefits. Other than making your nail polish last longer, they cleanse your nails, providing a clean base for your manicure and also acting as an adhesive.

If you were to go through with the manicure without using it, your nail color would most likely fade quickly and leave your nails not looking as flawless as you’d hoped. 

When it comes to acrylic nails, however, nail primers are an essential step. They allow them to stay on firmly since enhancements such as these don’t stick well to moisturized surfaces.

Overall, whether or not it’s necessary depends on if you want them to last long and the kind of nail enhancement you’re planning to get. It also depends if the primer itself is suitable with the type of product being used and if the nails where it is to be applied are in the right condition.

So if your nails are prone to dryness and irritation or they just don’t sit well with dehydrators, then it may be best for them not to use nail primers as often.

How to use nail primer for gel nails

How to use nail primer for gel nails

Aside from acrylic nails, nail primer is also an essential step for long-lasting gel nails.

The primer forms a bond with the gel color applied on top of it, making it stick for as long as it can hold. Here’s how you do it:

  1. The first thing to do is push back your eponychium (that’s the fancy term for cuticles!). After which, you’ll want to file the surface of your nails and shape them to your liking.
  2. Dust off the nail plate using a lint-free wipe with 90% alcohol.
  3. This is the part where you follow the steps on how to apply nail primer. Again, be careful not to touch the cuticle area.
  4. Apply a thin layer of gel base coat as close to the eponychium as possible.
  5. Cure for 30 seconds under a lamp.
  6. Paint on a very thin color coat, this time making sure not to get too close to your eponychium or free edge, as all the layers can make it too thick. Then cure your nails for another 30 seconds.
  7. Apply the top coat, once again getting as close to the eponychium as possible. In that way, the color is basically sealed in by the lower and uppermost layers. Cure again.
  8. Using your lint-free wipe with 90%, wipe away the excess product.
  9. Lastly, put on cuticle oil, and you’re good to go!

Wrapping Things Up

In conclusion, a nail primer is a great way to even out your nail texture and keep your nail color from disappearing too soon. It acts as a dehydrator, an adhesive, and a cleanser!

The harshness of this product may not be ideal for everyone, though. So if you’d rather use a substitute product or try another method, that’s totally okay. 

Ultimately, it’s all up to you to decide what you think would be the best course of action and make sure your nails get the care they need. 


Can you dry regular nail polish with a UV light

If you like painting your nails, you know how easy it is to apply regular nail polish at home.

But sometimes, regular nail polish can be a nuisance since it takes a long time to dry. So you have to plan in advance what you can and cannot do once you brush on that lacquer.

But there are also days when you don’t have the time to wait for your nail polish to dry. Surely there must be a way to speed things up.

Since it only takes gel polish a few minutes to set, it also makes you wonder what UV light can do on regular nail polish.

So in this article, we’ll figure out what UV light is and whether it works on drying regular nail polish. So read more below.

UV vs LED light

Whenever you get gel nail polish put on, you’ll see your nail tech use a tabletop lamp to dry your nails. 

But depending on the salon, they either use a UV or a LED lamp to cure gel polish. So is there a difference between the two?

There is, and it’s mostly the type of light they use. UV lamps emit a broad range of ultraviolet light that’s invisible to the human eye, while LED lamps give off light-emitting diodes in a narrower spectrum.  

In other words, both lights emit UV wavelengths but in different spectrums.

Traditionally, a UV lamp is the only type of light that can dry gel nail polish. But after LED lamps became more popular, most salons are now switching to them, and here’s why:

UV light will take around 2 minutes to dry gel nail polish, while it will only take a LED light of 15-30 seconds.

You’ll also have to change the bulbs on UV lamps more often since it will only last for about 4,000 hours. In contrast, a LED lamp will last 5,000-10,000 hours, depending on your use.

So now that you know the difference between the two let’s get down to business. Does UV LED light dry regular nail polish? Let’s find out.

Can you use UV light on regular nail polish?

Can you use UV light on regular nail polish

You can probably agree that smudging your nail polish is frustrating.

So now you’re grumbling your way to redo your manicure, and the thought of using your UV lamp is getting more and more tempting.

But does normal nail polish dry under UV light?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t.

That’s because regular nail polish consists of solvents that will only need to evaporate to set the lacquer fully.

Since a UV lamp only emits light, it won’t affect the drying time of regular nail polish.

It would only be like putting wet hair under your UV light, hoping it will dry it for you.

Can you cure regular nail polish with LED?

But what about LED lamps? Since they emit a different type of light than UV, can normal nail polish dry under LED light?

Well, we hate to break this to you, but it’s still a no.

As mentioned above, regular nail polish will only need to evaporate the solvent it contains to dry. So it doesn’t need curing under any type of light as gel polish does.

Unless you find a LED lamp that gets hot, then maybe it’ll lessen the drying time of your regular polish. But we doubt that since LED lamps only emit light, not heat.

Since UV/LED light doesn’t work on regular nail polish, what else can you use your lamp on?

Can you use a UV light to dry all types of nail polish?

Can you use a UV light to dry all types of nail polish

Using UV light to dry nail polish must be one of the most revolutionary ideas in the nail industry since it can now produce longer-lasting manicures. 

Since it doesn’t affect regular nail polish, what types of nail polish can you use a UV light on?

Gel nail polish

If you want to have a manicure that won’t chip after 3 days, your nail tech will probably recommend you use gel nail polish.

They have the reputation of having a high gloss finish and being nearly indestructible since they’re hard to chip. They can also last for 2-3 weeks, which is a plus if you don’t have the time or budget to visit a nail salon often.

But what does gel nail polish contain that needs curing under UV light?

Gel polish consists of a resin with monomers and oligomers in a semi-liquid state until their photoinitiators get activated by UV light.

Once the wavelengths of your lamp hit your gel polish, it will start the curing process turning the gel into a hard coat.

The entire process may involve a little bit of science, but the results turn out great.

Shellac nail polish

If you’re following the latest nail trends, you’ve probably come across Shellac nail polish.

It’s a patented formula from Creative Nail Design (CND) that mixes gel and regular nail polish. Creating a natural-looking manicure that’s both glossy and durable.

Shellac nail polish is available in over 100 shades. But you can only access them in CND-certified nail salons. So you’ll have to do a bit of research if you want to get a Shellac manicure.

Since Shellac polish contains gel, it also needs curing under UV light, which will give you a strong manicure that can last for up to 2 weeks.

The only downside is, since it also contains regular nail polish, a Shellac manicure will be more prone to chipping compared to gel polish.

Vinylux nail polish

Vinylux nail polish is another CND original. It’s a type of nail polish that creates a vinyl-like surface to prevent your manicure from chipping.

What’s great about it is that you won’t need to apply a base coat, and it can only last for up to 7 days. So it’s excellent if you want to have a fresh coat of polish every week.

Vinylux also contains the same solvents as regular nail polish, so you only need to air dry it. So curing it under UV light will not affect its drying time.

Plus, it would be unnecessary since Vinylux only has an 8 ½ minute drying time.

Dip powder nail polish

Dip powder nail polish isn’t as popular as gel polish. But it’s a worthy alternative as it can also last for up to a month.

It requires applying a monomer bonder, followed by dipping or brushing on acrylic powder in the color you prefer. You might need to repeat the process 2-3 more times depending on how saturated you want the color to be.

Once you’re satisfied with the shade, an activator is painted on to seal and add shine to your manicure.

But unlike gel nail polish, you don’t need to cure dip powder nails under UV light.

So like regular nail polish, you’ll also need to wait for a while until the polish completely dries.

Alternatives for drying regular nail polish

Alternatives for drying regular nail polish

When you think about it, it’s funny to see yourself tiptoe your way through your house, trying not to ruin your freshly painted nails. 

But since UV light doesn’t work for drying regular nail polish faster, are there any methods that can?

Well, there are, and here are 3 of them:

Nail fan

A nail fan may seem like a silly tool, but it’s pretty handy if you’re in a hurry.

It’s a tabletop fan where you can place your hand under, and a gentle gust of warm air will come out. It helps evaporate the solvents in your nail polish, cutting down the drying time by 30-40%.

Making the days of blowing on your fingers, hoping to dry your manicure faster, are over.


A hairdryer will work the same way as a nail fan does. It will blow air onto your nail polish to speed up evaporation.

Just make sure to switch to the cool air setting if your blow dryer has one. 

If not, put it on a low heat setting and move the hairdryer often so you’ll avoid burning your fingers. Also, too much heat can melt the polish off, so alternate between each hand when drying.

Nail polish drying spray

Applying another layer of product over wet nail polish may seem counterintuitive. But nail polish drying sprays can help cut back its drying time.

That’s because drying sprays contain fast-drying silicones that add a protective layer over your nail polish. While also allowing the solvents to evaporate quicker.

It’s not a surefire way of preventing your manicure from smudging, but it beats waiting for over an hour for your polish to set.

CHECK OUT: How to dry gel nail polish without UV light

The final takeaway

Regular nail polish will always be here to stay because of its easy application and how it makes your nails look pretty.

But waiting for your manicure to dry will make you wish your UV light could make the process faster.

Unfortunately, regular nail polish only needs to be air-dried to set, so any type of UV lamp wouldn’t affect its drying time.

Besides, it seems that nail polishes that contain gel are the only ones that need curing under UV light since other types don’t need to undergo a photoreaction to create a long-lasting manicure.

So with the help of other tools and a little bit of patience, your regular manicure can come out flawless.


How to apply fake nails without glue

When you buy a set of press-on nails, they usually come with nail glue. Often, you don’t question if there are alternatives to it because why would you? When the big companies say it works, they are mostly right about it. 

But being fond of press-ons and having them frequently means you also recognize that nail glue may not be as gentle to your nails, especially when you are not as patient in removing your fake nails.

It isn’t goodbye yet though. Today you will learn that one step off the big companies’ choice is various other options. More importantly, gentler ones. 

So off you go. There are treasures to find beyond that little Shire of nail glue you have.

How can you stick fake nails on without nail glue

How can you stick fake nails on without nail glue

Working without nail glue shouldn’t frustrate you. There are ways you can manage without one. And in fact, you can easily make a DIY nail glue for your nails. Further below, there’s an instruction on how to make one, but if you are not up for some creativity, here are other ways to ensure your press-ons don’t see the trash yet. 

You can either use: nail tabs, acrylic mixture, gel nail polish, or homemade nail glue. 

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How do you apply fake nails with tape

Adhesive tabs or nail tabs are the cream of the crop—the elite. When you don’t have or don’t want nail glues, this is what you want to buy. 

Adhesive tabs are pre-cut double-sided tapes explicitly designed to fit the nails. They are gentler for your nails, and they allow easy removal. The latter is important because this also ensures that you can reuse your press-ons later. 

1. Wash your hands with soap and water, so any greasy remnants from your pizza last night are totally gone. Kidding aside, removing oil will get the adhesive to work better. 

2. Push back your cuticles. You don’t want dead skin to interfere with your tabs. You can also choose to buff your nails. Roughing them up like that allows for a better surface for the glue. 

3. Alcohol wipe is the king to any nail prep time. It removes moisture and oils altogether.

4. Remove the cover of the nail tab, then press it on the nail firmly for 20 seconds. You can alternatively stick it on the nail tab and not your nails. However, sticking it on your nails means you know everything is mainly covered. 

5. Remove any bubbles or close gaps by flattening the nail tab.

It isn’t too much work at all. Plus, it is also affordable. The bad news is it only lasts for about 1-2 days. But adhesive tabs come aplenty, so when it pops off, you can redo it!

Fun fact: Did you know that fashion tapes can replace nail tabs?  They come in a lengthy roll, so you must cut them to fit an individual nail. A bit of hassle, but desperate times call for long measures!

Pro tip: if you have brittle nails, it’s a wise call to apply a nail strengthener first or a base coat so the sticky part can adhere there instead and not directly to your nail bed. Prevention is better than cure!

How to apply fake nails with an acrylic mixture

How to apply fake nails with an acrylic mixture

If you are onto press-ons because you specifically dislike how cruel acrylics mani have been to your nails, then you are free to skip this. Albeit used as a nail glue here, removing it would still be as hard and harsh. 

If you are here to stay, let’s say this acrylic mixture is also there to stay for you. 

1. Do the entire prep for your nails

2. If you have a nail primer, you can apply it to make the mixture stronger. 

3. Soak your brush into the acrylic liquid, then dip it into acrylic powder to make a semi-small bead.

4. You can apply it to your nails then cover it with your press-on. Hold it firmly for 10-15 seconds until the acrylic fully dries. 

The great thing about acrylics is their durability. This will last you for 2-3 weeks. So if you are looking for a lasting time with your press-ons, this is how you do it!

CHECK OUT: How to take off acrylic nails with hot water

How to put on fake nails with clear nail polish

Can you use nail polish as glue? Well, the short answer is yes.

A regular nail polish, by itself, can hardly be called an alternative to nail glue. Some say it does not work, while some successfully pull it off. 


Well, it’s time to leave the dark side and choose the optimistic option then. After all, we never knew Captain America could wield mjölnir until he actually did. 

Forewarning: It is best to choose this, knowing it is strong enough to hold for a night. (This might not even hold with you flailing your arms in the club while dancing.)

So with expectations set, here is how you do it.

1. Again, prep time is crucial. Do it religiously. 

2. Evenly apply clear nail polish at the back of your press-on. Wait for a while until it gets tacky. Wet nail polish adheres much weakly, so you would have to air-dry it for a bit.

3. Press the fake nail firmly to your nails and check if they fit snugly. You might see some polish getting squished out as you press. This is precisely the reason why you need to choose a clear polish so that you can remove the polish on the side of your nails without a noticeable trace. 

Aside from regular polish, there is one more strong alternative: gel polish. It’s more potent because of the curing process. 

There is one tiny catch, though. You would have to choose a press-on that is light-colored or transparent.

A bit of science here: Darker colors absorb more UV rays than lighter ones. This means it will take time for the UV to reach the gel polish, aka glue, and cure it. 

So if you have the correct shade over there, grab a gel polish too. 

What you need to do is pretty simple. You have to apply a gel coat to your nails then fit your press-ons. Cure it under the lamp for about 30 seconds.

Tip: You can use a gel base coat for the glue and then a no-wipe top coat to get that glossy effect. 


DIY Nail Glue

DIY Nail Glue

“Fine, I’ll do it myself,” said Thanos in 2015.

And says you in 2022, apparently. 

Everything HAS a DIY option these days. It’s no wonder nail glue has its set of Instructables. 

What you will need is in every school project you had as a kid— yes, Elmer’s glue or a white PVA glue. You will also need to grab a clear nail polish, a small container, and a cotton swab. 

It’s time to release your inner Thanos and step up to the challenge here! Get ready!

This section will teach you the following:

  • How to make homemade glue
  • Application
  • Proper storage

How to make homemade glue

Before starting, make sure your supplies are clean or well maintained. It is vital to always be hygienic with your hands and your trinkets. 

Clean the small container well because you may infect your nails due to nail fungus. They can cause persistent pain and may even lead to more severe symptoms. So yes, be a responsible DIY-er!

Place 1 cup of PVA glue into the container— clear or white glue; it doesn’t matter much. Then add onto it approximately half of a standard-sized bottle of clear polish. That’s 7.4 mL of polish btw, Hermione Granger. 

Take your little potion aside for now. 

The next you want to make is a DIY stirrer. And for that, you will need a Q-tip or a cotton swab. Cut one end of the cotton swab. The cut end will be your stirrer, while the cotton end will be your handle. 

And now Hermione, you would need to stir it for 2-3 minutes. No spells nor much patience are required here. And voila! Professor Snape would be very proud of you!

Fun fact: Did you know you can make glue using flour and water? You are on the rabbit hole of DIY now. If you want to go crazy about it, try it out too!


This part should be familiar to you already, so here are some bits of reminders that you would want to know for this DIY session.

1. The stirrer is also the applicator. Just a dollop of glue will get you through it, and make sure they are evenly applied. Always use the cut end, so you don’t end up dragging cotton everywhere on your nail bed— totally not the purpose of your expedition. 

2. Press down firmly as you would in nail glue when putting your fake nails. A DIY nail glue will not be as durable as the actual one, so every step that sticks firmly needs to be executed well. 

3. If you have any split nails, hold them together with your DIY nail glue. It’s not healed, but it will look like it. Fake it till you make it, as they say!

Proper storage

Now, DIYs often have this reputation of being a temporary aid to your troubles. Use it once? Discard. 

But it’s time to be economically sound and environmentally friendly in 2022. Using it only once will cost you more money and more time later, so to save some nail glue money, you can make sure that your DIY is stored correctly.

Grab an empty nail polish, then soak it first with nail polish remover. Afterward, rinse it with water until you are satisfied.

If you can’t be bothered for a DIY session, some replacements may do it for you. If it’s just a one-time event, then holding power shouldn’t be a deciding factor. That said, you can use your eyelash extension glue. But really, don’t expect a lot from it. 

The real talk here is that there is no quality better than nail glue. But that should not stop you from trying your hand at DIY. The odds are actually in your favor in this one.

CHECK OUT: How to make press-on nails look real


Nail glue alternatives are generally suitable for less than a week’s use. They are not as durable, but they are indeed gentler options. So if you do not have nail glue, don’t let your press-ons sit there. Try one of the options above and see what works. 

Who knows, you might find a permanent and more affordable replacement for your nail glue.

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How to make press-on nails look real

When you have a set of press-ons, it’s somewhat tempting just to let them do the work for you and make minimal effort. After all, you didn’t go to the salon, so you would not have too high expectations of what you will do. 

But what if there is a way to hack the system with just the fake nails you got? What if you can learn how to make fake press-on nails look real so you won’t have to spend a fortune? 

Well, prepare to be educated because this is the lesson you would not want to miss. 

How to make fake press-ons look real

How to make fake press-ons look real

Press-ons are great and all, but there’s a big catch that people forget to tell you: they look fake. They’re not the impressive fake either which can fool some for their quality. It’s the kind that screams, “I saw this from my baby sister’s playthings and decided to stick it on my nails.” 

It’s a newbie mistake. 

After all, sticking fake stuff and making them look natural is bound to have a learning curve. 

Like the no make-up look, the key to your dilemma is customization. 

Yes, customize. Your nails look different from others and will need a particular brand of contouring, so the press-ons (and you, by extension) won’t look cheap.

Nail size

Have you ever ordered something online, indicating your size, just for it to turn out one size smaller? 

Bummer, right? That’s also the case for press-ons. They will come in more than ten specific sizes. That’s because your thumb and someone else’s does not match perfectly. So most sets offer a variety of nail sizes.

Many brands emboss theirs with numbers. For example, zero would usually be for the thumbs, while 11 and 12 are for the pinky. (Or honestly, you can look and judge). 

To get the right fit, size up from the left nail groove to the right. A rough estimate usually works! And by the time you practice this step enough, you’d know which ones to pick just at a glance!

CHECK OUT: How to clean underneath acrylic nails

Prep time

It may feel like getting your press ons to fit right is luck-based. Sometimes it looks great, sometimes you suck it up and hope no one stares at it long enough. 

But no, fortune does not favor anyone but the prepared. It would help if you believed in that.

The first step is to wash your hands. Hygienic and essential as it removes the general oiliness on your hands. 

Now the next step is to push your cuticles back. Why? So the press-ons can adhere better. Also, you don’t want glue to drown your nails. That’s painful even to imagine. 

Last of all is the alcohol pad. Most brands include them but if the one you got does not, soak a cotton pad in alcohol and wipe your nails with it. This will get rid of excess oils and moisture. 

During prep time, you clean to prevent infection and make sure your nails stick and last long. 

So please don’t skip it. You don’t want to redo a nail because you got a tad lazy in the first place. 


This uses a bit of common sense. A quality nail glue means it will stick better, right? And when it is not popping off here and there, your nails look more legit and done well. 

So while you are shopping for press-ons, don’t forget to add to cart your nail glue or check if the set you have already has one. 

Pro tip: Apply the nail glue at the tip of your nail and the base of your fake nail. That’s a double lock security system that won’t disappoint you!

Filing and trimming

Nowadays, some make-up looks so well done, they can just shout, “I woke up like this,” and no one would ever question it. 

Impressive, right? 

Well, you can achieve that with nails too.

With nails, the contouring comes post-op. When you finish the sticking part, you have to file the tips and get that natural finish. 

One thing you should remember is that there should be continuity. The shape of the tips should follow smoothly that of the nails. It mustn’t look like your tips suddenly swerved at a sharp angle and decided to leave your nails. 

This part is the fine line between a meh and a wow. So take your time! There is no such thing as a job overly done. 

CHECK OUT: Can you reuse press-on nails

How to make press-on nails look like acrylic

How to make press-on nails look like acrylic

When you search why acrylic manicures have been the rave by Instagrammers, you come up with two reasons: design and durability. Acrylic nails can be customized to your desired length and shape and, more amazingly, last for three weeks!

But acrylic nails also potentially damage your nail bed and it will take a toll on your nails if you do them often enough. Yikes! 

Here’s where your press-ons could come to the rescue. And yes, there is an easy way to achieve the coveted acrylic mani with your press ons. 

You may think it’s hard to replicate a design from a salon acrylic manicure. After all, it came from your head, and you had an in-depth talk with your manicurist before you could visualize it on your nails. You customized it for you, so there’s no way you would find a replica of it on the press-on stalls.

Or not really. Well, not on stalls. 

You just have to find merchants who personalize press-on nails. Yes, they exist! After that, you can just put them on as your usual press ons! 

However, acrylics are also known for their plain, bright colors. And that, you can manage on your own.

You would need plain press-ons, an LED lamp, nail glue, clear gel polish, and a topcoat. 

First, never forget your prep. Push your cuticles back and trim your nails. You can then buff your nails to ensure that the press-on adheres firmly.

Buffing may make you anxious because it can lead to nail thinness, so while you are at it, buff gently. Keep in mind always the health of your nails!

Paint your nails with clear gel polish and then apply a dot of nail glue at the center of your nails. You can then proceed to cure it one nail at a time. 

If durability is your worry, then that should solve the problem. Curing the gel with glue doubles the strength of the hold. Cool, right? 

If they have finished curing, make sure you file across and to the sides, so the shape comes off as natural. Now get rid of the shine by buffing the press-ons. 

(Some roughing up before we get to the finale. Just be patient.)

You can then paint your press-ons with your choice of gel polish and add a topcoat for that smooth finish. 

May it be a bright pink or deep blue, they will never know that what you have cost less than salon-made acrylics. 

And that is what you call a great steal and loads of ingenuity. 

CHECK OUT: How to take off acrylic nails with hot water

How to make press on nails thicker

How to make press on nails thicker

Thick resembles a salon-made acrylic mani. Thick also means sturdy and can weather everyday life clumsiness. You want both, and now you channel that energy to your press-ons.

Okay, before you go crazy trying to make your press-ons look incredibly thick, you should keep in mind that there exist brands of press-on nails that are of thick quality. 

But if you are not satisfied with their thickness, it’s worth trying the double press-on method.


Yes, that may sound wild and not durable at all but guess what? Here’s a day to prove yourself wrong. 

So again, prep your nails. This is a mantra you must repeat to yourself whenever you experiment on them. 

Prepare two press-on nails. Cut the top part of one and the bottom part of the other. 

Tip: Make sure that you remember the final length you are going for so you don’t end up with way longer nails than necessary. Buff up the part of both pressed-ons you will glue. Then you can smear glue on both parts and stick them together. 

After you double your press ons, you can now stick them to your nails with your nail glue. File them down to shape them (see how durable they are!). 

It’s looking thick but not yet smooth. So add a topcoat, two layers preferably, since topcoats harden and strengthen your fake nails. 

After that, you can paint them with your gel polish color of choice and cure them under a UV or LED lamp. Tadah!! 

Not rocket science at all!

What are you waiting for? Go on and try these techniques. Because once you ace them, you are going to save a FORTUNE.

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What is a Russian manicure

Everyone needs a day of nail pampering once in a while. I mean who doesn’t love having nice and appealing nails, right? 

Nowadays, our nails have become a significant beauty focus. 

Most of us probably have tried regular manicures, gel polish, press-on nails and acrylic nails. Indeed, many options are available when it comes to nail beauty! 

But have you heard about Russian manicures? 

It turns out that this new nail trend is slowly taking nail enthusiasts by storm. 

But what is this technique exactly? And is it worth trying?

Follow along as we delve deeper into Russian manicure.

What is a Russian pedicure?

What is a Russian pedicure

A Russian manicure/pedicure has many names. Some people call it “dry” manicure, “e-file” manicure or “hardware” manicure. 

But what really is this technique and why are many people talking about it? 

What’s peculiar with Russian pedicure is that it does not only clean the nail surface, but it also thoroughly cleans the nail cuticle and the excess skin around the nail bed. This technique focuses on taking off the cuticle with an electronic file, leaving you with extremely clean cuticles. 

And since the process involves extensive cleaning, the duration would run from an hour or two. 

Also, only trained and experienced nail technicians with appropriate license should do this technique to ensure that it is done safely and meticulously and that only sterilized tools are used. 

So as a piece of advice, never do this technique on your own! Otherwise, you might end up with a damaged nail bed or worse, a nail or skin infection. 

Difference between a regular manicure and a Russian manicure 

The main difference between the two lies in the manner of removing the cuticle.

In regular manicure, the cuticle is soaked in a bowl of water for easy removal. Russian manicure, on the other hand, uses the dry manicure technique.

This dry manicure technique involves cleaning and removing the cuticle with an electric file. An alternative method is cleaning the cuticle with an electric file and removing them with nippers. 

Either way, these two methods require extreme care! 

Now, let’s talk about duration. 

As I’ve mentioned earlier, a Russian manicure extremely cleans the skin around the nail bed. Hence, the process would take a little longer compared to regular manicure. 

So if you’re planning on heading on to the nearest nail salon to try out this technique, allot at least 1-2 hours of your time. 

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Why is it called Russian manicure? 

I’m no mind reader but I know that you think Russian manicure, from the name itself, originated from Russia. 

Well, you’re kinda there.  

But let’s settle some little details first. There is nothing Russian in this technique. 

So why is it called a Russian manicure in the very first place? 

The procedure involves hardware. Hardware simply means mani-pedi tools such as nail file, nail cutter, nail buff, and cuticle nipper. 

Again, these mani-pedi tools are in no way associated with Russian culture or tradition. In fact, the person who invented these tools was a German national. 

But what makes “Russian manicure” Russian lies in hardware-usage. 

So to answer the question, the term “Russian manicure” arose because hardware has been widely and actively used in Russia. 

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Are Russian manicures safe?

The answers are mixed. 

Most doctors say that Russian manicures are dangerous.

This is because the technique is invasive. It entails intentional cutting and scraping off living skin around the nail bed. 

This abrasion reduces the ability of the skin to protect itself from germs and bacteria. And since the living skin is cut off, the damaged skin is at high risk of infection

It also becomes more prone to skin irritation because nail coating products are directly applied  onto the damaged area. 

However, the nail industry believes that the procedure is otherwise safe when done by trained nail technicians.

Since they are properly trained, they know better about hygiene and more so, infection prevention and proper measures.

So before trying out this technique, it’s best to weigh out the pros and cons. If you’re a risk taker, then go for it. Otherwise, stick with traditional manicures. 

Russian manicure benefits

We’ve already talked about the dangers of Russian manicure but there’s always something good in every bad, right?

So let’s flip the coin and talk about its benefits. 

Russian manicures are super long-lasting. It can last up to four weeks depending on the growth of the cuticle. So if you want to cut down your nail salon expenses, you might as well go for a Russian manicure. 

Also, the technique restores the nail bed. It makes the nails stronger and shinier while also promoting nail growth. 

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Why is Russian manicure illegal?

As stated earlier, Russian manicure is considered as an invasive procedure which is illegal and prohibited in many countries and states. It is illegal because it abrades the skin, making you susceptible to infection.

Most states in the United States of America limit the use of e-filers solely on the nail plate. Using it on the skin around the nail bed is therefore forbidden. 

Others require proper medical licenses while some completely prohibit nail technicians from doing the said procedure.

The takeaway

A lot of celebrities like Kendall Jenner have jumped onto the Russian manicure bandwagon. 

Who wouldn’t? It’s exceptionally picture-perfect!

But remember that our cuticles protect not only the nails but also the skin around them. Hence, intentionally cutting them makes it easier for bacterias to enter, thereby causing infection. 

And while most nail technicians are trained to do a Russian manicure, the risk of developing infection and irritation are just way too high. 

Even the use of sterile tools is not enough prevention. 

But above all, the decision is still up to you. 

No one is stopping you from trying out this new nail trend, unless of course if it’s illegal in your country. 

But in doing so, keep in mind the possible ‘disastrous’ consequences. 

Otherwise, on your next nail salon appointment, you can simply just have your cuticles pushed back, rather than having them removed. 

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Is nail polish remover rubbing alcohol

Our nails will keep growing, and eventually, they will outgrow your “permanent” nail polish. Of the thousands of things that don’t last forever, that nail color is one of them is a good thing. There is always a new nail style or trend that will trump the nail color you first loved. 

As the nail care industry gives you a plethora of choices, you won’t run out of new things to try. Let’s be honest — painting our nails is not Picasso-level art, although in some obscure window of time, Picasso manicures were in. People literally have art on their nails! But most of the time, we opt for one or two timeless colors.

Whether it’s us or the chipping polish, at some point we have to let our nail color go. With a few easy swipes of the nail polish remover, your nails become a fresh canvas for your next artwork. 

What is in nail polish?

What is in nail polish

Polish removers work by undoing what nail polish ingredients do. 

After it leaves its tiny bottle, nail polish becomes a hard and pigmented film over your nails. It contains hardener or resin so that the film stays on your nail plate. This is why preparing for a manicure includes making sure nothing comes between your nail and the resin. 

We don’t want the nail polish to be as hard as a brick. A stiff film is counterintuitive because it will chip and break easily. Plasticizers in your nail polish prevent this from happening.

Manufacturers use different kinds of resins and plasticizers. There are also additives in the nail polish that boost luster and longevity. In this industry, beauty must come in a long-lasting package. 

Not everything in the nail polish bottle stays and hardens with the film. For traditional nail polish, the solvent that keeps the product liquid in the bottle will evaporate. Without the solvent, the nail polish would not stay dissolved.

On the other hand, gel nail polish doesn’t use evaporating solvents. Instead, they have photoinitiators that are activated under UV light. This starts the drying process. This also means you can’t remove gel polish in the same way as you would traditional nail polish.

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How does nail polish remover work

How does nail polish remover work

After the nail polish has hardened, nail polish removers have to do the reverse process. 

Think of the nail polish ingredients as puzzle pieces suspended in liquid which is the solvent. When the liquid is removed, the puzzle pieces can join together and stay in place. The nail polish becomes or polymerizes into a hard film. Technically, the film is a polymer or a chain of smaller molecules.

If you add the liquid back to the hard film, the puzzle pieces break apart. Turning the hard film into liquid makes it easy to remove from the nail. You will also notice that the color is transferred to the cotton.

In general, acetone is the solvent used in nail polish. But other manufacturers use alternatives like ethyl acetate or butyl acetate that work similarly. For this time, we will focus on acetone-based nail polish remover. 

The molecular structure of acetone allows it to interact and dissolve a lot of materials. That is why acetone is not just found in nail polish removers. Acetone can remove household stains and coats of color from surfaces.  

How does it remove even the polish that’s already several weeks old? 

Acetone only disrupts the arrangement of the molecules that make the nail polish hard. As long as the solvent can disturb the structure of the film, it can remove the nail polish from your nails. 

Is nail polish remover the same as rubbing alcohol?

Is nail polish remover the same as rubbing alcohol

Although both have a strong smell, the short answer is no. Rubbing alcohol can be one of the ingredients of a nail polish remover, but the nail polish remover’s not-so-secret weapon is acetone.

Is acetone rubbing alcohol? We can learn from organic chemistry that acetone is molecularly different from alcohol. Alcohols are chemicals with a group of oxygen-hydrogen (OH) bond. 

Alcohols end with the suffix -ol. We may have encountered names like propanol, methanol, ethanol or ethyl alcohol, and isopropanol or isopropyl alcohol.

Scientifically, acetone is known as dimethyl ketone. It can also be called propanone. Unlike alcohols, propanone does not have an OH group. So, acetone’s names don’t end with an -ol suffix. Acetone belongs to another group called ketones. Instead of an OH group, ketones have a carbon-oxygen group.

When we buy rubbing alcohol from the pharmacy, there is a big chance that we get either isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. These alcohols can disrupt cells, effectively killing germs in the process. This makes rubbing alcohol an effective disinfectant.

Unless you own a nail salon, you might not always have a stash of nail polish remover lying around. You’re more likely to have rubbing alcohol because it’s a household disinfectant. And when it comes down to a matter of necessity, can you use rubbing alcohol to remove your nail color?

Essentially, rubbing alcohol is not the same as a nail polish remover. But if you don’t have other options, rubbing alcohol can get some nail colors off. Because it is not meant to be a nail polish remover, you will not get a fast and flawless result. Still, it can substitute nail polish remover when you’re out of luck.

What if it’s the other way around and you ran out of rubbing alcohol?

Can I use nail polish remover instead of rubbing alcohol?

We keep rubbing alcohol around so we can clean our hands, bodies, and spaces. In its pure form, acetone disinfects surfaces as well. But if you check the bottle that you have, there is a big chance that its acetone concentration is less than 100%. 

Despite being less than maximum strength, can nail polish remover be used as rubbing alcohol to disinfect surfaces? That nail polish remover may not be powerful enough to substitute rubbing alcohol. Dilution weakens its disinfecting power.

That the acetone in the remover is not strong enough is for good measure. Since it’s not made to kill germs, its acetone doesn’t need to be very strong. Too strong or too much acetone is very dehydrating. Your nails and the skin around them don’t deserve such harsh treatment when you just want to remove your nail color.

While rubbing alcohol may remove nail color, you can’t do the reverse and use the nail polish remover to disinfect. Especially when it comes to your body, you should stick to the intended use of items.

While this should not be the norm, you can take advantage of nail polish remover for other household uses, provided that you understand what you’re doing.

Can I use nail polish remover to clean electronics?

It boils down to what you intend to clean. First, you have to assess the situation. You should run a test to see if the liquid won’t damage your electronics. Just carelessly pouring the nail polish remover on the item is making a mountain of a molehill problem. 

We go back to the idea that nail polish molecules polymerize or join together as the solvent evaporates. The acetone-based nail polish remover erases nail color because acetone disrupts polymers. If you misuse the nail polish remover, you may damage your electronics, especially those made of plastic.

Nail polish remover with acetone can save your day when you spill ink or superglue on your devices. And if you want to clean visible dirt and grime, you can use a minute amount of the polish remover. 

Of course, this is only for surface cleaning. You should consult a professional when you want to clean the inside of your devices or those areas that are sensitive to corrosive chemicals. 

The wonderful chemistry behind nail polish removers is often taken for granted. These products have been so long and widely used that we barely give them a second thought. That is until we need them. So far, the alternatives fall short of what nail polish removers are capable of.

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How to fix bumpy nail polish

There is no such thing as absolute concentration. 

Not until your face is inches away from your nails and you are inhaling all that nail polish solvent you are not supposed to take in. And for what? All for that perfectly painted nail.

Hoping for a salon-quality from a DIY manicure is like looking for an oasis. Sometimes you really do get to it, eventually. 

Most of the time, it’s a mirage. You think it looks alright until you leave it for a second, and then bam! It is now resembling the Chocolate Hills. 

So now you are just staring at it, unbelieving. Do you restart? For the nth time? How do you even fix a bumpy nail polish? Will the next attempt be your lucky streak? 

Might be.

Just wanna say, to the hands of a non-professional, a smooth manicure is part luck and a great deal of technique.

So instead of being paralyzed at the prospect of doing it all over again, why not learn the why’s and how’s to avoid another bumpy mishap?

Why does my nail polish have bumps when it dries?

Why does my nail polish have bumps when it dries

You probably thought more trials equals smoother nails. 

While that is a good assumption to make, it only works when you actually learn from your mistakes after each attempt. After all, you possibly can’t expect a different outcome with the same methods. 

Nope. Often, you just repeat your mistakes over and over. And as the frustration piles up, you find yourself blowing on the polish harder or even applying the next coat without any waiting time! 

Moral of the story: Terrible ideas spring from terrible situations. But don’t fret, you’re not the only one doing this!

The bumps you observe are often air trapped during application. It can also be caused by natural oils produced by your skin or lotion. Or that french fries you thought was a good companion. 

So how do you not damn your nails and waste your time?

Simple. The key is to know how they might exist in every step of the process. 


What do you know about prep time? That it is in every single beauty routine. And for a reason!

Have you ever put moisturizer on an unclean face? It feels yuck and absolutely useless. That’s also how it goes for nails. 

Before proceeding, you should remove the oils on your cuticles and even the dirt hiding under your nails. 

Nail polish 

Nail polish is not a one-time use item. Naturally, it is okay to reuse them again when the quality is still good. But there are telltales signs you have to watch out for if you want to avoid any more bumps. 

Too thick? This usually indicates that the solvents have evaporated due to air exposure.

When you swipe that bright color, you also invite air to swoop inside the bottle you left open. You don’t realize it until you have to literally drag your nail polish on the next DIY session you have. 

It’s old. It’s goopy. It’s dying. And pushing it any further will also kill the flawless dream you have for your nails.

This often happens to nail polish of poor quality. Premium ones last longer. So fix it or ditch it, but be wise enough to know when to stop using it.


“Patience is a virtue.” Ever heard of that old saying? Well, when you do not listen to the wise, you end up wondering why. 

There’s the nail polish, and sure, maybe you know that you must wait before applying each coat. But there’s also the base and topcoat. And those two are essential. 

No blowing either! You are not a windmill. Your breaths are not efficient enough to dry it! 

Cold water can aid you better on this. Besides, it is more likely that you would trap air and dirt and then get dizzy. 

You have to understand that there is a woozy and bump-free solution out there.

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So what do you do when your nails are bumpy? 

Two things you must ask first: are they dry already or in the process of drying?

The root cause is the same for both, but there are cases where you can catch it mid-disaster. 

When the nail bubbles (it sounds cute for something so awful) have formed when the polish is still wet, don’t overthink it too much. It might just be a bad bottle. Or even a bad brand (they exist, sadly).

Changing one bottle for another might get rid of those pesky bubbles. If not, here are some tips to still slay that DIY. 

How to fix nail polish bubbles

How to fix nail polish bubbles

Okay, you are in a mid-disaster crisis. Your nail polish is bubbling with the ferocity of a volcano erupting, and you are confused. 

Cleanliness is your friend

First of all, did you clean your nails? It’s the first step to remove the oils around and on your nails. So take your time with that warm water and soap because unless you need reminding, it is also hygienic! 

Scrutinize your nail polish

Yes, scrutinize it. Before you even apply it, check if it’s more of a glob of color more than a functioning nail polish. Thick and creamy are for coffee choices, not nail polish quality! 

Also, do not shake your bottle. Shaking leaves pockets of air, and those might pop off, leaving holes in your mani. So no shaking and yes to rolling. 

When you store it, make sure to remove residue from the neck, then cap it tightly. Don’t let it breathe, and then store it in a morgue! Or for a less gruesome option, a dark, cool place like your bathroom is good enough. 

More than just swiping

A salon-finish mani doesn’t only rely on nail polish. A good mani is a sandwich. You have the base coat, which seals your nail’s natural oils. Then your nail polish should be painted thinly and dry completely before another coat. And then the top coat for that smooth finish. 

Moisture and heat are your enemies. That is, direct sunlight and a shower after your mani is a horrible idea to entertain. So are fans and open windows. They are just big welcome signs for air to enter. 

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How to fix nail polish that is dry

Okay, now this is some post-catastrophe recovery you need to do. But don’t despair!  There are a few tips to cover up that mess. 

Another layer

Again, the topcoat is your bulldozer. It will flatten and reduce the bumps you see. Another layer you can apply is actually that nail polish you just used. But make it thin! No need to make your problem worse!

Polish thinner

Nowadays, you can even salvage barely manageable polish. Polish thinners make the magic work. You just need to brush it on the bumps which formed.

With polish thinners, it’s a one-way street so don’t go back and forth when applying it! Start from cuticle to tip in a flowing and continuous stroke. You can then reapply the polish to the treated spots.

Sparkly additions

If you are on your last thread of patience, then let no man ever condemn you for actually trying to camouflage your mess with jewels or stickers. 

If you can’t impress them with smoothness, blind them with sparkles! 

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How to make nail polish smooth

How to make nail polish smooth

Aside from the know-how already mentioned above, you might want that extra list of hacks. Who doesn’t? Smooth nail polish takes time and often more trials than you want to invest in. 

 But you are here already, and as Fergie said, big girls don’t cry. 

They just learn. 

The 90/10 rule

When you want to shape your nails, make sure it is 90% because of the nail clippers and 10% filing. 


The surface of your nails depends on whether you buffed it or not. And you guessed it right! Buffing creates a smoother surface for your nail polish to glide on. 

Oil and de-oil

Imagine watering your plants just for someone to say you need to dry them up for them to live. What a load of unmentionable curse words, right? But listen, while it might seem like that, there is a reason for it.

You must hydrate your cuticle with cuticle oil or serum. It’s still part of your prep, albeit the most counterintuitive one. 

The next part is washing away the effort you made. Kidding! You already know that oils of any kind are a big no-no. So scrub them off properly. You can even cleanse them with facial toner or alcohol for extra security!

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Final word

It is all about quality— from the state of your nails to your nail polish to even how you dry them. Just remember, you may not have the experience of a professional, but you can learn like one. 

Take your time and nail it! 


Why are nails clear

Our nails are technically low-maintenance. Apart from regular trims and polish, if you prefer, we can just leave them alone and still expect them to turn out fine. So, most people don’t pay so much attention to their nails until they have to. 

For instance, we may have seen white streaks or lines on our nails. And after coming out of a long, warm bath, we may have noticed that the tips of our fingernails appear see-through. But our wrinkly and pruney fingers were more interesting to us at that moment. 

Because nothing bad really happens after we observe these things, we tend to dismiss them right away. 

But how do we know that we have nothing to worry about? 

Are nails supposed to be transparent?

Are nails supposed to be transparent

Our growing nails are made up of the same substance as our hair: keratin. The hard thing we recognize as nail is an aggregate of dead cells. These cells come from the nail matrix covered by our cuticle and skin. 

As new cells are being formed in the matrix, the older cells are being pushed outward. The nails that we know look pink because they are on top of the nail bed. The bed contains blood vessels. 

As our nails grow longer, they eventually extend beyond the nail bed and beyond our fingers or toes. It is this free edge or margin that we trim regularly. The free edge of the nail appears whitish or semi-transparent. This part is no longer covering a pink and vascularized nail bed. 

When it comes to nail health, there shouldn’t be a question of clear vs white nail tips. Whether you have white or clear fingernail tips, you have normal, healthy nails. That is, of course, assuming that the color of the tips is your only issue. 

What do healthy nails look like?

what do healthy nails look like

In as much as the health of your nails reflect your overall well-being, there are also various signs of good nail health. 

Healthy nails are strong, smooth, and free of obvious lines on the surface. And because nails rest on a vascularized nail bed, pinkish nails show that you have good blood circulation in your fingers and toes. 

You may notice a temporary color change in your nails. For instance, they might be bluer than pink at low temperatures. Having blue nails is a normal reaction to cold. This is your blood vessel’s response to temperature, constricting thereby distancing itself from the surface of your tissues.

While not every change on your nails should be a cause for worry, talk to your doctor when you don’t feel comfortable about any change that you observe. This is especially true when you are experiencing unnatural nail discoloration, dark streaks, surface pits, and nail form and shape changes.

The skin around your nails should also be healthy and hydrated. If it is swelling and painful, you may be experiencing an infection. It’s wise to consult your health care provider first so they can diagnose and treat you properly. 

Apart from keeping the skin moisturized, you should avoid having your cuticles removed during a mani-pedi. Cuticles protect the matrix underneath your skin. If you keep removing this protection, you would be exposing your nails to all sorts of infections.

You may also be unconsciously harming your nails. Habits like biting or picking your nails are manifestations of anxiety or stress. Over time, you may cut into your nail bed, allowing harmful pathogens to enter open wounds.

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Are white nails healthy?

Seeing a white region in the base of your nails is normal, even though others don’t see it in their nails. This section is called the lunula. It is composed of living cells that are yet to be pushed outward onto the nail bed. 

After these cells die, they lose color. That is why we can see the pinkish color of the nail bed through our nails.

When does a white nail become a cause for concern? 

Often, we notice white horizontal streaks appear on some of our nails. They are common and will eventually go away on their own. This phenomenon is usually due to trauma to the nail plate or nail matrix which disrupts the nail or impedes cell production. 

But if most of the nail becomes white or white bands are running across the nail, it could be a symptom of a disease or condition. You have to go see your doctor for proper medical advice and diagnosis.

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How to fix clear nails

How to fix clear nails

Clear nails aren’t good if they’re a result of over-hydration. If you ordinarily have white tips, you might ask, “why are my nails clear after shower?” Since they are permeable to water, your nails become clear after you just stepped out of a long bath. This goes away after a few minutes, and you would be left with white nail tips. 

If you’re handling a lot of chores that involve washing and water, you would also get clear fingernail tips. Eventually, our nails would soften because of the water that was absorbed frequently. Although that would be the dream, we all can’t skip chores. So, we should protect ourselves while we clean. 

Especially when you are using hot water and strong chemicals, wearing gloves gives an extra layer of protection. Bleach and harsh cleaners can weaken your nail’s constitution. After an extensive scrubbing, the tips might easily tear away from the rest of the nail. 

Wearing gloves isn’t just for the sake of aesthetics. Where the nail chips and breaks off might lead to your fingers feeling raw and uncomfortable. Until your nail grows back, you’re left with this uneasy feeling for a while. A reliable pair of gloves help prevent that.

How to get clear fingernails

White and dry nails are also not good since that means your nails are brittle. What your nails need is a good balance of strength and hydration. 

Especially during these uncertain times, we need to wash and disinfect our hands often. In the process, we end up weakening our nails.

Products that contain alcohol are easy culprits for drying your nails. For example, hand sanitizers with high alcohol concentration strip moisture from your hands. So, moisturize after you disinfect your hands.

Try to avoid or minimize using nail polish removers as they’re notoriously dehydrating. Give your nails regular breaks from colors so you won’t always have to remove them after.

Your nails should be part of your skin care routine. Our nails may be low maintenance, but they also deserve pampering after helping us experience the world through our fingers. The next time you moisturize your skin, add a little love on your nails, too! 

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How To Type With Long Nails

If you’re a fan of the Kardashians, then you’ve probably noticed their long dazzling nails. They even style their outfits based on their nail color and design.

Their nail obsession is top-tier, don’t you agree? 

But if you’re planning to get fabulous long nails just like the Kardashians, you might have to rethink again. 

The question now is, can you keep up? 

Maintaining long nails comes with a price. 

With long nails, buttoning your shirt, opening a soda can, putting on contact lenses, and even typing on your keyboard or phone screen will become a struggle.

But don’t fret too much; you’re in the right place. You can still be a keyboard warrior without sacrificing your nail style. 

So follow along as we look into the different tips and hacks when typing with long nails. 

Are long nails bad for typing?

Let’s get this straight, long nails are bad for typing. 

Yes, you’ve heard that right! 

Typing with long nails means you’ll have to exert more effort. 

The reason is that you will be using your fingerpads, and when you do this, the muscles in your fingers tend to hyperextend.

That being said, when you continuously type with long nails, you are likely damaging your hand muscles. This causes strain not just to your fingers but also to your hands and wrists. 

Typing with long nails hack

Typing with long nails hack

So since we’ve already established the harmful effect of typing with long nails, let’s now talk about some tips on how you type with them.

There is no doubt how challenging it is to type with long nails, whether on your keyboard or phone screen. You would probably press the wrong keys more often and make a lot of typographical errors. 

But with proper method and constant practice, typing with long nails would just be a walk in the park!

So I listed a few tips for you to follow. Let’s get started!  

How do you type on the keyboard with long nails?

If you have long nails, it is best to try out a new typing method — typing with your fingerpads. This prevents your nails from hitting the keyboard keys while typing. 

To do this, straighten out your fingers and place them horizontally to the keyboard keys. If your fingertips glide across your keyboard, then you’re doing the right thing. 

Also, press each key carefully to minimize error. 

How to type with acrylics on a laptop

Acrylic nails are the go-to if you want that instant pretty and long nails. 

They are best known for adding length and changing the shape of your nails. They are made from a mixture of liquid monomer and powder polymer, which are then bonded onto your natural nails. 

And while acrylics make your nails look fancy, you will probably face the dilemma of typing on your laptop. 

It’s a big no-no to strike your laptop keys with your acrylic nails. This will only add stress to your nails, causing them to chip or, worst, to break. 

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So what do you do then? You can follow these 3 steps listed down below.

Change your way of typing

The normal way of typing is using the tips of our fingers.

But if you have acrylic nails, using the tips of your fingers will only end up with tons of typos. 

So, changing your typing form is a must. All you need to do is straighten out your fingers so that your fingerpads can glide across the keys instead of your fingertips. 

The gentle technique

When typing with acrylic nails, type as gently as possible. 

This may compromise your typing speed, but on the brighter side, you’ll lessen the likelihood of damaging your acrylic nails. 

Practice makes perfect

Mastering your new typing form requires a lot of patience. As a beginner, remember that precision is more important than speed and that speed is nothing without precision. 

So, for now, just focus on pressing the rights keys.

Don’t pressure yourself too much. Your typing speed will increase in no time once you get the hang of it. 

Just remember Jordin Spark’s famous song lyric — “just take one step at a time, there’s no need to rush.” 

How to type with acrylic nails on the phone

How to type with acrylic nails on the phone

Almost everyone in the world seems to own a cellphone. I mean, who doesn’t have a phone these days? 

However, if you have long acrylic nails, you’ll surely face the dilemma of operating and typing on your phone. 

So what do you do? 

You can try holding your phone in one hand and using your pointer finger of your other hand to type on your phone.  This minimizes typographical errors since your pointer finger is thinner and is more dominant. 

The downside, however, is that your typing speed will slow down.

Another method you can try is by placing your phone somewhere else, like on a table, and operating your phone with your two pointer fingers. This increases your typing speed since you’re using two fingers to type. 

But don’t do this for a long time. 

Looking down strains the neck muscles, leading to nerve pain and spasms. 

So a piece of advice: take breaks in between. A 10-20 minute break will do. 

However, if you find the two methods a hassle, you can try using a stylus pen. This keeps your long nails away from your phone screen. 

When buying a stylus pen, pay attention to the nib and grip to determine if it’s a good fit for your hands. Also, make sure that it works well with your device. 

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How to get used to typing with long nails

Get the right nail shape 

Not all nail shape is good for typing. 

So if you wish to maintain your long nails, go for a square or oval nail shape. Don’t opt for pointy nails since they are harder to control and likely break when you type. 

A thicker and rounder shape will make typing a lot easier. 

Get the right nail length 

Get the right nail length 

Aside from getting the right nail shape, it is equally important to have the right nail length. 

Your nails should not be too long. Otherwise, you’ll end up having a hard time typing. 

The ideal nail length should not be more than 1 centimeters. 

Constant practice 

Again, practice with dedication.

Take all the time to get used to your new typing form and learn patiently. It’s always wise to remember that practice makes perfect. 

Final thoughts

Almost everyone spends their day typing on their computers and phone screen, whether it’s an email or report for work or just a quick chit-chat with friends. 

And yes, it can be a little frustrating to deal with mundane tasks when you have long nails. That’s why your nail choices should not affect your daily activities and productivity. 

Hence, just remember the proper typing method and practice it constantly. Over time, you will easily find your way around. 

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How to protect your nails from nail glue

Taylor Swift’s version of All Too Well has just recently dropped, in case you happened to live in the cave. It was not even the main song in her Red Album! And it even topped the charts! 

Taylor Swift, girl, you are the GOAT. 

Do you know who also made a comeback and totally owned the beauty industry? Press-on nails. Back then, they were not that well-received. They just don’t scream elegance, you see.

Even now, with the advent of gel and acrylic, it’s easy to dismiss it. 

But putting on press-on nails and making them look natural is an art by itself. And if you master it, you save yourself dollars and time going to a salon. You can even change it to suit your OOTD! It is that easy.

However, press-on nails do come with baggage. 

It needs a chemical to make it stick there, aka a nail glue. Random chemicals in the glue probably worried some people, so now they have to know how to protect their nails from nail glue.

But there’s always more to the story. That’s probably why Taylor Swift made All Too Well a 10-minute song. 

You are about to know the do’s and don’ts and what exactly should you be critical about with nail glues.

Does nail glue damage your nails?

Does nail glue damage your nails?

It’s such a wonder how you can consider press-on nails to be so simple compared to gels or acrylic manicures yet still find it damaging. There’s no harsh buffing or scary UV lights, so how is it possible to actually mess it up?

Now, there are some speed bumps on the way, which might be why you are sending your nails to a funeral. And nail glue is definitely one of them.

Two reasons: You are allergic to it or had some uncontrolled anger directed to your nails upon applying and removing it. 

The first one is the disclaimer section in every beauty product. This is clearly a you-won’t-know-until-you-try kind of situation. If you develop any itching, it’s best to either switch to another brand or an alternative.

Regarding allergies, press-on nails can be a hit and miss when you are a newbie. And while applying that glue in between, you might also trap dirt and moisture. Yeast infection? Fungal growth? These are nightmares you might sandwich along with that glue. 

Be hygienic!

Okay, onto the second one. Calling it anger is too much, but you been shouldn’t slack off and give no thought about it.

When you apply glue, make sure it is only the size of a glass bead. You can use cuticle oil to remove excess glue around the nails. Worrying about glue seeping under your nails? Just wash your hands, and it will be a-okay again. 

Important notice: Do not tug your fake nails in every direction just to get them off. Ripping them off so casually may also rip a layer of your real nails! It is not the way to do it. 

Besides, you are wasting the chance to reuse those press-on nails, honestly.

You heard it right. With the right nail glue, you absolutely can wear them again. So keep them in good shape and don’t mistreat them even upon removal. 

The elephant in the room is not yet addressed, though.

Does nail glue actually damage natural nails? 

This is a real concern, especially for those who already lived the horror of weak and brittle nails from gel or acrylic. 

Well, they don’t. Not when it is done properly. 

You only have to find a reputable brand of nail glue and also try not to wear fake nails so often. This will ensure that your nails will still be healthy even over time. 

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How to wear fake nails without damaging the real nail

How to wear fake nails without damaging the real nail

So now that you have cleared up the air about your nail glue concerns, it’s time you teach yourself how to do the job properly. 

After all, you can’t dump the blame wholly on one factor. (Poor glue!)

There is one absolute part which is never missed since beauty standards were established: prep time.

Have you ever ridden a roller coaster without seat belts? Can you imagine just leaving it to fate to land you safely and successfully? 

No? Good.

That is how it works, even with the simple task of gluing a press-on to your nail. This is how you prepare for it.

Size matters

Whoever said otherwise has never tried to repeatedly glue pop-offs because they turned out smaller than your nails. On the other side, you can always file along the free edge of your nail to fit a bigger press-on.

Oil is a no-no!

It sounds horrendous to hear that word. Dehydrating just seems so against the nature of a beauty enthusiast. But listen, oils and glue? That’s two worlds apart. 

It’s always a good idea to wash your nails and cuticles with soap. Make sure you totally dry those nail beds! Get that alcohol afterward and do a proper cleanse. 

Bottom to the Top

Yes! As Meghan Trainor instructed you. Every inch should be perfect from the bottom to the top. That means to push back those cuticles and clip your nails short. 

It’s an extra step, but you have to commit to it entirely when you want to care for your nails. A nail primer is your investment of the day. Look it up! Who knows? That extra sticky layer might just be your saving grace.

So, seatbelts on, check!

Now it’s time for the rollercoaster ride.

Precision is key

Got shaky hands? Disastrous. That’s like asking the glue to just spill itself to everything, right?

Uh-uh, none of that victim-blaming. Not to yourself even!

No, seriously, you can wing it. You have to either use glue with an applicator brush to avoid such mishaps or employ this technique:

Bring the nail to the cuticle line and apply at a downward angle. Apply pressure to the center of the nails, then pinch at both sides.

If you feel really nervous about the nail glue, you can always try it’s not so sticky cousin, adhesive tabs.

Adhesive tabs are double-sided and will be your savior, especially if it’s just for a one-time occasion. You see, adhesive tabs are like your regular shift workers. They do their job, and they work well. The thing is, they don’t do overtime. These tabs will log off faster than your glue will. 

You just need to soak it off in warm water for 5 minutes and gently tug the false nails. Voila! You are now back to being a regular Cinderella. 

Contouring is life

This is slightly at odds with what you might know in make-up contouring. You create shadows to bring in the not-so-obvious lines in the face. Here, you need to contour last so you can bring out and mimic the natural look of your nails, so they don’t scream their falsehood on everyone’s face.

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How do you not damage your nails with fake nails?

How do you not damage your nails with fake nails

Since the world, including you, has now agreed that nail glues are domesticated cats rather than lions which will maul your nails, you can now focus on the problem.

In order not to damage your real nails, you have to know that the usual damage reported stems during the removal process and not the glue itself. Sure, there may be harsh chemicals, but your nails will likely be injured at later stages.

Cats, even domesticated, can be mean when treated poorly. Nail glues are such. You have to coax them out rather than forcefully make them submit to your bidding.

So what to do?

Soak them off like you would do to gel and acrylic. Get yourself some acetone, a bunch of cotton balls, and aluminum foil. 

And by the way, unless your nails are not sending your brain some distress signals, please remember to moisturize. Get some vitamin E oil for your nails and even lotion for your hand. 

Gentleness and patience are a must here. But for fabulous nails and none of the terrifying acrylic or gel disadvantage? It is more than worth it. 

Your nails will thank you later. 

You made it pretty for a while, and most importantly, you made sure it will have more days of looking pretty by taking care of it properly.

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