Post # 1
My wedding isn’t until September but I’ve got a boudoir shot scheduled for next Thursday. I wanted to go ahead and get my nails done to see if I like them.
The salon calls these “solar” nails, but best as I can tell, they’re acrylics but with a natural tip instead of a white tip. I haven’t had my nails done in a few years, but as I recall, after a week of growing out, they will look more natural.
So now my question becomes – are these good for my wedding day as well…or do they look too fake (too fake = not what I’m wanting).
Post # 3
Well I always think French tip nails will look a little more “done” than other types of nail polish. Personally, I think it looks great. I always get my nails done with a French tip (when I get them done) – although I know some on the bee have expressed dislike of French tips. If you’re concerned that they look too fake though, maybe have them cut down a little? So the white part isn’t so long?
Are they maybe gel nails? They should look a lot thinner than regular acrylics and the application process should have been different. They probably only lightly scratched up your natural nail before application and “cured” the different coats under a uv light? I found gel nails to be much nice to my natural nails than acrylics, probably mainly because they don’t require your nail to be filed down so much before application.
Post # 4
Another way to keep them more natural looking is to extend the pink/flesh coloured out a little bit and use less white on the tips.
Post # 5
They did only lightly scratch my real nails. They also advertised gel nails for $10 more, but he told me these were solar? They also had acrylics listed on a separate line, like there were 3 different types they offered.
@Oneelevent: YES! This is the exact look I’m going for. I was hoping that once I give them a week to grow out a bit more, they would look more “real.” I’ll give them a chance to grow and then go in and have them cut some of the white off.
The part that confuses me – they didn’t paint the tips white – they put a semi-clear tip on (glued it on) and then used the “stuff” to paint over my nail and combine it with the tip. Then they buffed and polished it.
@Oneeleven – what “type” of manicure is yours – real nail, gel, acrylic, etc.?
Post # 6
Solar nails are actually just a different material than acrylic. They come in all colors…pink, white, and even black. Acrylic nails will require a coat of paint on top of the fake nail. Solar nails are buffed and shined and are worn without paint.
I think your nails look great; however, I may be biased. I’ve used solar nails for a long while now. I haven’t seen my natural nail in some time.
Post # 7
You can just tell the salon that you want the white part to be thinner. But you also have to be aware that the natural white portion of your nails will show through the clear part of the solar nail. You will want that part (at least) covered by the white of the fake nail. Also, be aware that when your natural nail grows the white part of your natural nail moves up. So, if the white in the fake nail is at the same spot as the white in your natural nail, you will see the white in your natural nail within a week (depending on how fast your nails grow).
I hope I was clear in my descriptions. That was awefully hard to explain! he he 🙂
Post # 8
I would go a little shorter and slightly more rounded nail shape, have the gel applied a little thinner, and consider a light/sheer pink in a single shade rather than a french manicure. French is a dead giveaway for artificial nails. 🙂
Post # 9
Mine are straight up tips. I use the plastic part like you speak of and carefully file and buff it so that it lays flat with my own nail. I then *skip* the overlay. This is great because
A) your nail breathes (as much as it would with polish)
B) you can follow your natural “moon’ line
C) they grow off, so you never need fills.
A) I do it myself, which is less expensive but does take about 2 hours for a complete new set. (I usually watch my weeks worth of PVR’d General Hospital and do them :p)
B) They are not as strong as other types of fake nails…. but.. since they are not attached all the way up, should you break one in a bad way, it doesn’t result in horrible pain and tearing of the nail.
ETA: Another draw back… you always need polish with this method as otherwise you see the seam where the tip begins.