Published on June 22nd, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
At Home Prom Nails
When it comes to fancy dates, like Homecoming or Prom, I am all about saving money on things I can do myself at home.
Nails are one of those things.
Yes, a nice manicure is fabulous. But a set of nails can be pretty pricey, and I am here to show you how you can create your own for about $12.00.
You will also have enough nails to do several sets.
These at home prom nails last for less than a week, so they aren’t a substitute for a salon. However, they are a great quick fix for some really cute nails.
It’s important that you do not leave them on more than a week. You could get a nail fungus.
You will need a set of nails. I buy these Kiss Nails for about $6.00 at Walmart, they are a little more at Amazon.
You will also need a bottle of nail polish and a clear top coat. They are $1.00 each at the dollar store, or you can go with another more expensive polish.
Annalise modeled for me, so she chose mint and coral.
The gems are an easy find at Amazon. Here is a great set for less than $2.00.
Mine are leftover iron-on style gems. They work for me, but there is no need to spend bunches on gems.
First, you want to have clean nails. Remove polish and use a fine grit nail file to lightly sand the top surface of the nail. This gives the glue a good sticking point.
Wash your nails again to remove the surface dust, and set up a small area with a couple paper towels on a magazine on your table.
Begin by sizing the plastic nail to your nail size. You want the nail as close as possible to the real nail size. You also may need to push the cuticles back to fit the nail better onto your natural nails.
Place a drop of nail glue towards the middle of the nail, closer to the nail bed end than to the tip. Swirl it around a bit with the glue bottle tip. Place onto the nail, and push down hard to remove air bubbles and get a strong grip with the glue.
Really push down on that fake nail so that it holds strong.
Once you have all your nails in place, lightly file the plastic tips so you have a smooth nail.
Go ahead and paint your nails.
Apply a second coat to them as well.
Next, once they are dry, add a coat of clear polish.
We decided on a gemmed-out totally bling-tastic ring finger nail.
I have a felt dauber that works great at picking up gems. You can use a pencil with a dab of dried glue on the tip as well. Just use something that is a tad bit sticky to pick up the tiny gems.
Fill in the nail with various sizes of gems. If your clear polish is drying too fast, add another coat.
Finish each nail with a top coat and a gem in the corner. Then top coat all the nails again.