Nails

DIY Faux Acrylic Nails for 20 Cents

August 23, 2017

When I first saw these, it was on Instagram and while they were pretty, I wasn’t interested because I don’t like what acrylic nails do to my natural nails. Luckily, I read the caption. They weren’t acrylic. These are Makartt ABS Fake Nails. Let’s get scientific for a moment. ABS is a type of plastic, but it’s more sturdy than most plastics. In fact, it’s likely what your computer’s keyboard is made out of.

You can buy these on Amazon in a pack of 500 for less than $8 here. I chose the Natural ones, but next time I’ll probably get them in Clear. You get 50 of each size nail, labelled 0 through 9, with each size in it’s own bag. Even though you might not need every size nail, I’ve found that with a whole lot of filing you can end up using most of them. These may be plastic, but they really look like acrylics.

So let’s get to the tutorial before I bore you to death. It’s not too late, is it?

Step One:
Figure out which Makartt nail goes on which finger. Don’t be upset if your left thumb nail is a different size than your right thumb nail. That is totally normal. You may need to file the sides of the fake nails for a perfect fit. I use a glass nail file for this. The better the fake nail fits on your natural nail bed, the stronger the bond will be and the longer the manicure will last, so take your time!

Step Two:
Using a strong nail glue such as Kiss, glue the fake nails onto your natural nails. The easiest way for me to do this is to dab a small dot of glue onto my natural nail, press the fake nail on, and hold it tightly for 15-20 seconds. I do all of my nails, saving my thumbs for last to make the rest easier.

Step Three:
These nails come incredibly long so you will probably want to file the tops down shorter. I don’t recommend doing this before you glue them on or they could end up looking crooked. I usually clip them with wide nail clippers and then file them to my perfect length with my glass nail file.

Step Four:
Wash your hands to get any nail dust off of the nails and dry them well. This will help the nail polish adhere better. Then you just paint each nail as you normally would. I apply two coats of color to each nail. You can apply a top coat here if you want, but I don’t always since they look shiny already.

Caring For Them:
For me, these last 2-3 weeks without chipping. In the many times I’ve worn these, I’ve only ever had one nail pop off. I keep an extra bottle of nail glue in my purse to reapply as needed, just in case.

Here are a few designs I did with these nails. I used a variety of low- and high-end nail polishes to show you that the quality of the nail polish doesn’t really matter since these nails don’t have ridges like your natural nails. I did two coats of polish on every nail, and let them dry for about 15 minutes. I don’t ever leave them as long as I did for the second and third manicures. I just wanted to show that you could if you wanted to. You can even paint the undersides if you want like I did in the last picture.

You can repaint these. I use non-acetone nail polish remover to avoid dissolving the glue, and then repaint them. To take them off completely, I soak them in acetone until they basically slide off.

So How is This 20 Cents?
Let’s get…mathematical…for a moment. The nails were $7.35 for a pack of 500 when I bought them, which equals out to .0147 cents for each nail. Multiply that by 10 and you get .147 cents. Add in a few cents for the glue and nail polish and you get approximately 20 cents per manicure.

I really love these Makartt nails. Let me know if you try them. I’m sure you’ll love them too!

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