Sunday, August 30, 2009

Artificial Fingernails

Artificial fingernails are also in the field of nail art. These are the ones where nail art designs are placed. It may be the natural nails but sometimes it’s hard and women like to make their nails look very attractive and beautiful.

Artificial fingernails have 4 different types and that includes: acrylic nails, gel nails, sculptured nails, and wrap nails.

Acrylic nails are one of the most popular types of artificial fingernail and is used as either a nail tip, or a whole nail overlay. Acrylic nails are typically the strongest, thickest, and most durable of the artificial fingernails. While acrylic nails are not known for their natural look, acrylic nails that are incorrectly applied can look even less natural.

Gel nails are made with a "light cured" or “UV” gel consisting of pre-mixed polymers and monomers. This special gel is first brushed onto the surface of the natural nail, and then is set, or "cured," under an ultraviolet light. "No-light" gels, an alternative to the light cured gel, are slowly gaining in popularity. Artificial fingernails made from gel tend to look more natural than acrylic nails, but are not as strong or durable. Additionally, if they are not applied by a qualified professional, they may be hard to remove, resulting in damage to your natural nails.

Wrap nails are small, thin pieces of silk, fiberglass, paper or linen that have been cut to a desired shape and glued or bonded to the surface of the natural fingernail. Because wraps are the softest of the artificial fingernails, they are also the least durable. However, because they are so thin, smooth, and lightweight, wraps are usually considered to be the most natural looking of all the artificial fingernails.

Sculptured nails are another popular type of artificial fingernail. These nails are applied to the natural fingernail with an acrylic or a fiberglass gel, and lengthened and sculpted over a metal or foil form to produce the desired shape and length. Sculptured nails generally last longer than other types of artificial fingernails, but must be filled in on a regular basis in order to maintain a natural appearance.

Although artificial nails tend to look more beautiful than our real and natural nail but they are just so expensive in maintenance and hard to keep it always new. But to tell you honestly, I want to learn how to make and put on my own nails these different types of artificial fingernails.

** Thank you quinn.anya, Rubyran, quest for the heartstone, antjeverena for the pictures.


  1. Hi Ron, thanks for the comment you gave me. Have a nice day ahead. :)