I hear many people complain that they don't stick, don't last long, or are too expensive. I have been using these since they hit the market and thought I would share a few things.
They have completely eliminated my need to pay for my gel nails at the salon. That alone makes the cost more than worth it. They even helped keep my nails from breaking all over the place when I was growing out those gel nails.
After they are applied a top coat of some sort should be used. This will help them last longer. How long exactly depends on type of top coat, how often touched up, etc. I have heard of some getting up to a month out of them.
Here's the part they don't tell you: to get them to adhere in the best possible way your nails must be completely clean and free of oils. That means don't wash your hands and then run them through your hair or touch your face. The absolute best way to go about this is to dampen a cotton ball with nail polish remover and swipe over nails immediately before application. This one step alone will make a world of difference.
Also, depending on the design you can sort of stretch them over your nail which sometimes helps; however, this doesn't work with glitter or metallic designs, and you must be careful not to tear.
Ever heard of capping the nail tips? Throw aside that stupid file, wrap the end of the strip around the tip of the nail and use your thumbnail to basically slice the strip under the nail, effectively removing the extra. This is the same as when capping your tips with polish and does wonders for the length of time they can last. This won't be helpful, though, if you are one of those who likes to take the other half and use it on your toes, as it tends to bunch up and ruin the leftover pieces.
Yes, this does sound like a lot, but with practice can be done in under 20 minutes; and if you can get these to last even two weeks is well worth it.
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