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Before applying fake nails, your nails have to be prepped and trimmed, for proper placement. In this About.com video, learn how to apply fake nails.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Apply Fake Nails

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to apply fake nails.

What You'll Need

  • Acetone
  • Cotton balls
  • Tissues or Q-tips
  • Finger nail clippers or an emery board
  • Fake nail kit that includes an adhesive

Prep Fingernails before Applying Fake Nails

Before applying fake nails, you need to prep your fingernails. Put a little bit of acetone on a cotton ball and rub it over the surface of each nail. Even if your nails don't have old polish on them, the acetone will remove oils and dirt from the nail beds that could shorten the life of your fake nail adhesive.

File Nails

Once that's done, you may or may not need to trim or file your nails. If they're longer than the length of your fake nails, or if you have jagged edges, shorten them accordingly with whichever tool is most appropriate.

Place Fake Nails

It's now time to open up your fake nail kit and lay out each of the nails provided inside. There will be a few different options and sizes to choose from, so spend a few minutes sizing up which nails will fit best on each of your own.

Begin with the pinky nail of your non-dominant hand. Apply two-to-three drops of glue to the back of the fake nail, and lower the base of the nail onto the natural curve of your cuticle. Press it gently in place for 5-to-10 seconds, and then wipe away any excess glue with a tissue or q-tip.

Continue applying the fake nails, working your way toward the thumb nail. Once your non-dominant hand is finished, repeat the process on your dominant hand. Just a tip: Each fake nail kit will have its own set of instructions, and you want to be sure to follow them closely. Some kits may have different requirements for nail prep or glue application, so examining the label is a must before getting started. And that's how you apply fake nails.

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