DIY Guide: How to Apply Fake Nails at Home for a Professional Look


Do you dream of having beautifully manicured nails without the expense and hassle of frequent salon visits? Well, you’re in luck! Applying false nails at home can give you the same professional look without breaking the bank. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through the steps to achieve flawless, long-lasting nails from the comfort of your own home.


Adhesive nails have become increasingly popular for at-home use due to their convenience and various benefits. This includes easy application, you don’t need any special tools or skills, making them accessible to anyone, including those who are not experienced in nail art. Adhesive nails are generally more affordable than getting your nails done at a salon. This can save you money in the long run, especially if you frequently change your nail style. Other benefits include no drying time, no damage to your nails and they are also reusable.

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Materials You Will Need

Fake nails (you can choose from press-on nails, glue-on nails, or nail tips)

Nail glue or adhesive tabs

Nail file

Cuticle pusher

Nail buffer

Nail clippers or scissors

Nail polish (optional)

Nail polish remover (if needed)

Cotton pads

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Different Nail Styles

There are various styles of fake nails catering to different preferences and occasions. Using our brands Nail HQ and Invogue, you can instantly create amazing nail looks from glam night out to every day french. If you are looking for the perfect set for an evening out this Autumn/Winter then you will love the Nail HQ Champagne Sippin’ Almond Nails for all the upcoming festivities. These Champagne Sippin’ Nails are the epitome of glamour and sophistication, with its luxurious hue resembling the bubbles in champagne and its dazzling shimmer that catches the lights. If you are looking for a more day-to-day look with a twist then you might like the Invogue Black French Tip Coffin Nails. These long, coffin-shaped nails provide an edgy, sophisticated look, making them ideal for any occasion. Whether you’re heading to an event, or simply want to elevate your everyday look, these nails will be your go-to. These nails feature black french tips, giving the perfect edgy spin off the classic french manicure. There are so many styles and shapes available for everyone and every occasion. Discover our adhesive nail selection on our website to find the perfect set for you!

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Step By Step on How To Apply Fake Nails

Step 1: Prepare Your Natural Nails

Start with clean, dry nails. Remove any existing nail polish using nail polish remover. For a quick and easy way to do this use the Nail HQ Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover Sponge. Just simply dip your finger into the sponge, twist and remove.

Next, use the Nail HQ Cuticle Pusher to gently push back your cuticles. This step helps create a smooth surface for the fake nails to adhere to.

Step 2: Choose the Right Size Nails

Select fake nails that match the size and shape of your natural nails. You can do this by holding the fake nails up to your natural nails to find the best fit. If necessary, trim the fake nails to your desired length using nail clippers or scissors. You can find all the right tools for these 2 first steps using the Nail HQ Professional Manicure Set.

Step 3: Shape and File the Fake Nails

Use a nail file to shape the fake nails to your preferred shape. Common shapes include square, oval, almond, and stiletto. You can do this by using the Nail HQ Manicure Files. Gently file the surface of the fake nails to roughen them slightly. This will help the glue adhere better.

Step 4: Apply Nail Glue & Press On the Fake nails

Apply a thin, even layer of nail glue to the back of the fake nail. Align the fake nail with your natural nail’s cuticle, making sure it’s centred. Press the fake nail down onto your natural nail, holding it firmly for a few seconds to allow the glue or adhesive to bond. Repeat this process for all of your nails.

Step 5: Trim and Shape

If needed, use a nail file to further shape and smooth the edges of the fake nails to your liking.

Step 6: Buff and Polish (Optional)

Use a nail buffer to gently smooth out any rough edges or uneven surfaces on the fake nails. Apply your favourite nail polish or nail art if desired. Make sure to allow it to dry completely.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

Clean up any excess glue around the edges of your nails with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. Apply a clear topcoat to seal in your nail art and add shine (optional).

With some practice, you can achieve salon-quality results at home with fake nails. Remember that the key to success is patience and attention to detail.

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Removing adhesive nails is simple and can be done without damaging your nails. Start off by trimming any excess length from the fake nails by using clippers or scissors, being cautious not to cut too close to your natural nail bed. Then soak your hands in warm, soapy water for approximately 10 minutes. This warm water bath will help soften the nail glue, this will allow you to easily peel off the nails. Finish by using a cuticle pusher to remove any remaining residue.

Finish with the Nail HQ Nourishing Hand & Nail Cream which will help revitalise damaged cuticles.

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