What type of artificial nails do I want??

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: What type of artificial nails should I ask for to get this look?
    Acrylic : (4 votes)
    12 %
    Gel : (19 votes)
    58 %
    Liquid Gel : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Pink and White : (8 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I personally would just do Shellac. I find that fake nails really damage your actual nails (or maybe that’s just me).

    Post # 4
    1168 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @nanilani04:  I have a gel french manicure.. I would not say it is damage free! But it certainly is less damaging AND more natural looking than acrylic-


    Acrylic is pink and white too (also called a permanent french). Its just called pink and white because they actually use pink and white acrylic powder. Where as with a regular acrylic set, is just clear and they paint the nails with regular nail polish. They call it a permenant french because the color will not fade or chip and has to be filed off- which is why it is more damaging. 

    You can usually pick the color of the pink with acrylic. With the gel manicures you definitely can pick the pink color. There is also the option to have a french manicure painted on regular acrylic base- and you can easily have the pink changed if you do not like it… however this option can chip. 

    Post # 5
    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  This.

    Artificial nails are very, very bad for your natural nails, not to mention very unsanitary. A good nail tech can even out and shape your nails and then do a natural-looking French with gel polish (NOT nails). 

    Post # 6
    6788 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    I think what you want are gel nails. I had them done once and they are very damaging to your nail bed. I just couldn’t get used to having fake nails and once I removed them it took about 3 months for my nails to look healthy again. I got the Sally Hansen Gel nail kit to do my nails myself – but this is also damaging to the nail bed. If you’re only doing it once for your wedding you’ll be fine, but just thought you’d like to know that after you remove them when they grow out your nails will most likely be sore and really thin.

    Post # 7
    761 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I had a gel manicure over my natural nails. 

    Mine was very natural looking, and not too pink at all. You can tell the shade right away, so if you dont like it on one nail, just ask them to pick a different one. 

    I removed the polish at home with tin foil and nail polish remover. I’d recommend having the salon remove the polish to avoid damage. That polish is strong. Mine lasted a few weeks.


    Post # 8
    462 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I would recommend growing your nails our and getting a gel POLISH put over them. it will last longer than regular polish, but not be super damaging. All fake nails will damage your nails badly.

    Post # 9
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @vorpalette:  Exactly. Fake nails aren’t necessary for consistency. The girl who does mine does  a fantastic job even though they start off at all different lengths, lol.

    I did fake nails once before, OP. It took months for my real nails to recover. As for the hygiene element, I don’t even want to think about that. E-yuck.

    Post # 10
    724 posts
    Busy bee

    Yeah, most-natural looking and least-damagind is definitely to take care of your nails this month and go with polish instead of artificial nails.

    Post # 11
    12873 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t know anything about artificial nails, but a month should be plenty of time to grow your nails as long as you’re careful not to break them.  Take a multivitamin, and they’ll grow pretty quick and be strong as heck.  I’ve never been able to grown them without them breaking or splitting until I started taking a multivitamin.


    Post # 15
    1243 posts
    Bumble bee

    @nanilani04:  I’ve had acrylic nails in the past, and also gel nails.  I will be getting gel nails with tips done for my wedding, and having them removed from the salon rather than refilled.

    Yes, they are damaging, however I found the most damage came from the filing when they did fills over the initial application. Having them removed at the salon reduces the damage done vs removing yourself. A product like nail Envy will do wonders in helping them recover and become strong and healthy after they are removed.

    Post # 16
    1168 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @nanilani04:  no tips. They just paint directly on to your natural nail and then use a light to harden the gel. I actually bought a kit and now do it at home- it is that easy. It cost 35 + tip around me for a french gel manicure. I find that a gel manicure lasts about 10 days. But I am very rough on my nails. A regular plain old polish manicure maybe lasts 2 days for me. 


    The 1st pic is one a french gel mani I did myself & the second is a french gel mani from the salon. Only diference is they can paint the white line a lot thinner than I can. (Originally these pics were taken of my ring lol!)


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