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The top 3 types of fake nail techniques and how to choose

Do you love your nails but hate the hassle of painting them every week? Are you looking for a way to make them look a little bit more special? Then fake nails might be the perfect solution for you!

You may have seen them in magazines, on celebrities, or even on your friends - But what are fake nails exactly? Did you know there are many types of fake nails to choose from? And more importantly, how do you choose the right type for you?

This post will explore all there is to know about fake nails, from the different types available to how to maintain them. So if you're curious about this beauty trend, keep reading!

Acrylic nails

types of fake nails: acrylic

Acrylic nails are definitely the most popular type of fake nails used today. Acrylic nails are made from a liquid and a powder that combine to form a hard protective layer over your natural nails. They are strong, durable, and can be shaped into any style you want.

Acrylic nails usually consist of a plastic nail capsule that fits over your entire nail, before the acrylic powder solution is added over top. Then they are buffed, filed, shaped into your desired style, and then painted with either a traditional nail varnish or a gel nail varnish and your choice of nail design.

Pros

  • They are very strong and durable.
  • You can get them in any shape or style that you want.
  • This technique is widely used so it's easy to find a nail tech to do them for you.

Cons

  • They require regular upkeep and need to be filled every 2-3 weeks.
  • If not removed properly, they can damage your natural nails.
Related read: 10 tips for a long-lasting acrylic manicure

Gel nails

gel nails

Gel nails are a newer type of fake nail, and they are growing in popularity due to their natural look and feel. They are very similar to acrylics, except that they use a gel instead of a powder to create the protective layer.

Gel nails are made from a gel that is cured under ultraviolet light, and this creates a harder, more durable nail. They are usually less damaging to your natural nails than acrylics and provide a shiny, natural-looking finish.

Pros

  • They have a very natural look and feel.
  • They are stronger and more durable than acrylic nails, and can last up to 4 weeks or more.

Cons

  • They require regular upkeep and need to be refilled every 3-4 weeks.
  • Gel nails are usually a little more expensive than acrylic nails.
  • They can't easily be removed with traditional nail polish remover and may require another appointment for removal.

Dip powder

dip powder nails

Dip powder nails are a newer type of fake nail that is becoming increasingly popular. They are made from a powder that is applied to your nails, and then sealed with a clear or colored polish.

Dip powder nails are supposed to be more durable than traditional acrylics and gel nails, and they can last up to 6 weeks without chipping or peeling. Since this is a newer technique, not every nail salon offers it yet, so it can be difficult to find in some areas.

Pros

  • Dip powder nails are more durable than traditional acrylics and gel nails.
  • They can last up to 6 weeks without chipping or peeling.

Cons

  • Dip powder is a newer technique so not every nail salon offers it yet.
  • It can be difficult to find someone to remove them if you want to switch to a different type of fake nail.

How to choose the best fake nail technique for you?

Now that you know about the different types of fake nails, how do you choose the best one for you? Here are a few factors to consider:

How long do you want them to last?

If you're looking for a temporary solution, then acrylics or gel nails might be the best option for you. If you want something that will last a little longer, then dip powder nails might be a better choice.

How much money are you willing to spend?

Acrylics and gel nails are usually the most affordable option, while dip powder nails tend to be a little more expensive.

How much time do you have for upkeep?

All types of fake nails require some amount of upkeep, but acrylics and gel nails usually require more frequent touch-ups than dip powder nails.

What is your natural nail type?

If you have weak or brittle nails, then gel nails might be the best option since they put less stress on your natural nails. If you have strong, healthy nails, then any type of fake nail will probably work well for you.

If you're thinking about getting your nails done, then you should definitely consider fake nails! They are a great way to add some style and personality to your nails, and they come in many different types to suit your needs.

Be sure to do your research before you choose a type of fake nail, and ask your nail technician for their recommendations. With proper care, your fake nails can last for weeks or even months!

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