DIY stiletto nails without acrylic

Oct 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET

With celebrities like Rihanna, Lana Del Rey and Beyoncé rocking the stiletto nail look, the hot new trend is hard to ignore. The nail design usually requires a pricey trip to the salon to achieve, but you can copy it at home for much less time and money. The key? Artificial nails.

Fergie's stiletto nails

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Materials:

DIY stiletto nails

  • Artificial nail tips
  • Base coat
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Nail glue

Tools:

  • Nail file
  • Scissors

Directions:

Step 1: Make those stilettos

Step 1: Make those stilletos

Start by using your scissors to cut the shape of your nails. You'll want to cut the tips with a diagonal cut with a slight curve to create your points.

Step 2: Shaping

Step 2: Shaping

Use a nail file to refine the shape of the nail and to file the edges to ensure the artificial nails will fit snugly over your nail bed.

Step 3: Base coat

Step 3: Base coat

Once you have your nails shaped, apply a base coat to your artificial nails.

Step 4: Polish

Step 4: Polish

Apply your nail polish in 2 coats, allowing a few minutes in between for the polish to dry. You'll want to make sure you wrap your polish over the edge of your nails.

Step 5: Top coat

Step 5: Top coat

Apply a top coat to your polish to protect it.

Step 6: Apply your artificial nails

Step 6: Apply your artificial nails

Put a drop of nail glue in the middle of your nail. Firmly press on your artificial nail and hold for a few seconds to secure.

Step 7: Finish

Step 7: Finish

Once you have your nails on, you can add any finishing touches like nail jewels or any extra filing or shaping that's needed.

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