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.
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- Artificial nail tips
- Base coat
- Nail polish
- Top coat
- Nail glue
- Nail file
Step 1: Make those stilettos
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
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
Once you have your nails shaped, apply a base coat to your artificial nails.
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
Apply a top coat to your polish to protect it.
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
Once you have your nails on, you can add any finishing touches like nail jewels or any extra filing or shaping that’s needed.