Post # 1
Hi ladies! The wedding is next Friday (OMG!!) and I have yet to figure out what I’m doing with my nails. I have had the nasty habit of biting my nails for as long as I can remember, and even though I’ve been working on growing them out, they’re not quite pretty enough on their own without some sort of help.
I really just want my nails to be a little longer, to the point where they’re just past my fingertips like a normal person’s nails, so my first thought was to get fakes. The main thing stopping me is the fact that our honeymoon is going to be filled with action, from tons of scuba diving to horseback riding to ziplining. I’m not used to acrylics, and the couple times I have had them they popped off like popcorn. I don’t know that I want to be dealing with fumbly hands and missing nails on my honeymoon. I have heard of gel nails, but I know nothing about them and if they’d be any more comfortable or durable.
The hardest part about fake nails for me is that my hands are incredibly tiny. Like… the size of a kid’s hands. From the bottom of my palm to the tip of my middle finger is exactly 6 inches. My fingers and nails are really small, so regular acrylics look a little ridiculous on me. My hands looked a lot like this the last time I tried to have them done, and that’s with them only a little past my finger tips. My nails absolutely took over my hands. Are there any fake nails that don’t look hideous on baby hands?
They’re really not too bad right now, and pretty much line up with the end of my finger… so if I can manage to not bite them for the next week, what are the best non-fake options for getting them done the day before? I’ve heard that shellac doesn’t lengthen the nails but strengthens them quite a bit.
Help me, ladies! I am totally uneducated about the nail world and I need something that can take the abuse of my honeymoon while looking nice on my little hands. Nails aren’t that big of a deal to me for the wedding, but I want them to look at least halfway decent for the few detail shots we’ll be getting where my nails will be prominent. My fiance and I are both wedding photographers, so we can’t help but consider them… 😛
Post # 2
I use the petite Kiss impress line (press on) works perfectly and you can take them off anytime you want. Very affordable and fun/easy to use.
The nails have lasted up to two weeks.
Sorry i I just read the rest of the post! Shellac worked wonders for my nails but it just got too pricey for me, so I just started using nail care items and press ons when I don’t feel like having bare short nails.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2016 - Cherry Orchard
Lol omg i just measured my hand and bottom of palm to tip of middle finger is 6inches. I feel you bee. I think that your best bet is to just do gel/shellac so you’re more comfortable and let it ride.
Post # 4
LOL I just measured too, I’m at 6.5, and Ive always been told my hands are tiny!
I LOVE gel, and I’ve been using it for years after doing solar (acrylic) for years
I hated the stiffness and thickness of the acrylic. It took my paper thin nails some time to heal (helped by the gel)
But they’re nice and decently strong now. I usually keep them about a quarter inch past my finger tips, and I dont think they look weird at all
I get alot of compliments on my nails actually, and “where do you get your nails done?”
And I’m rough on my hands. I’ve gone through probably ever scenario you could think of, and for the most part, the gel stays on really well.
I will say, OPI brand stays better than all the other brands. Gelish is a close second
Post # 5
I have tiny hands too! If I get them done with acrylic I always ask for sport cut! They aren’t that long and they allow me to keep up with any outdoor activities! I love the idea of using store brand nails but I’ve had no luck keeping them on 😩 even when I tried the kid versions!
Post # 6
I just posted about this on anothe thread! I love the Broadway brand “real life petites” nails. They are awesome!
Post # 8
it sounds like your actual nails are really tiny, which means there is not enough surface area for the glue to stick to. it’s probably why acrylics popped off so easily.
I would reccomend a glue on nail. you can actually have the glue cover some of the skin (where your real nail would have been if you didn’t bite them). that will only last about a day though. you could pull them off the next day. maybe try a practice set before the wedding?
I would consider going just a teeny bit shorter than the tip of your finger — like in the photo. they will still look feminine. if your nails extend beyond the tip of your finger even juts a tiny bit, it gives more of a chance that they will get caught on something and pop off.
Post # 9
I received a little goodie bag of press ons (I think the same brand, actually!) when I did my first dress fitting… I think I may try that out this weekend to see if I could get away with doing them for just the day of the wedding. Thank you! 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks for the length tip! Feels so silly, the thought never occurred to me to try a little shorter to keep them from popping off. 🙂
Post # 11
My hands are actually a tiny bit smaller than yours but I’ve had similar problems, at the moment though I’ve found that if i have acrylics they last longer if I have them pointy/almond shaped! Not so bulky but delicate and pretty:)
how long would you need to keep them on? Mine usually last well over 2 weeks so might be worth the thought.
Post # 12
Press ons are definitely your best bet – they don’t ping off easily, come in lots of differen’t colours/designs, they last way longer than I thought they would but at the same time they’re easier to remove than regular falsies.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island
I bite my nails, too, and I love gel because it makes the nails stronger (while the gel is on) so it prevents me from biting and gives them a chance to grow out. It’s a little pricey, but if I know I have an event coming up, I’ll start a gel routing about a month in advance so I can go through 2 or 3 cycles of polish while giving my nails that time to grow a bit.
With your limited time, I’d also recommed the Kiss impress line. I’ve used them before for last minute events where I wanted classier nails but had bitten them down to the quick. Even with a fairly small nail bed, I’ve gotten at least a week out of these press ons, but you could always pull them off earlier if you didn’t want to wear them for your trip. They’re a bit longer than I’d like them to be, but are definitely manageable enough to wear just for the wedding day. Then if they come off after, who cares?
Post # 14
Thought I would let you know!
Just came back from a three day camping trip and my nails are still on. It’s been a few days since the nails were put on too! I went ziplining, canoeing and hiked!
If you do decide to wear the impress nails, even if they come off, you can just bring the extra nails to put on. Or you can buy a new set to bring with you, they are so easy to put on. Takes under 10 minutes!
If I would have known about the press on nails for my wedding, I definitely would have used it!