Australian woman gives herself a manicure using a $12 Kmart nail set and impresses friends

Mum wows with her ‘luxury’ set of nails using a stick-on set from Kmart – and you won’t believe how much it cost

  • An Australian woman has impressed beauty fans with her $12 Kmart manicure
  • The savvy shopper was looking for a cheaper alternative to visiting a salon
  • She is impressed with the bargain buy and says they are very good quality
  • Other beauty lovers say fake nails can be just as good if they are applied right

An Aussie mum has impressed beauty fans with the manicure she gave herself using a $12 Kmart fake nail set.

The bargain hunter decided to try out the budget-friendly nails to cut down on the expense of visiting a salon.

Many beauty fans have started to opt for stick on nails, and insist that if the nail is prepared right you can give yourself a salon quality set from home.

An Aussie mum has impressed beauty fans with the manicure she gave herself using a $12 Kmart set (pictured)

An Aussie mum has impressed beauty fans with the manicure she gave herself using a $12 Kmart set (pictured)

The mum shared her beauty hack with a popular Kmart Facebook group

‘I normally go to the salon but really needed to stop as it’s so expensive, gave these a try and they’re actually quite good!’ the mum said about the nail set.

She used a $2.25 Kmart gel effect nail polish on top of the set and then used rhinestones and a top coat she already had at home.

The mum was very impressed with the final result and said the set didn’t fall off easily.

She put Kmart gel effect nail polish (right) on top of the budget-friendly set (left)

She finished the look with rhinestones and a top coat she already had at home

She put Kmart gel effect nail polish (right) on top of the budget-friendly set (left), and finished the look with rhinestones and a top coat she already had at home

‘So far they’re quite strong too as I’ve been wrangling kids while doing them,’ she said.

‘Stayed on for a whole week, probably would have been longer but I had to remove them for work.’ 

She prepared and dehydrated her nails before applying the set, and opted to use Selleys ‘Fix & Go Supa Glue’ instead of normal nail glue.

However, expert warn against using super glue to apply fake nails as it can cause skin irritation. 

Beauty fans adored the finished look, several said they have also begun to use drugstore sets to avoid paying for the salon.

‘Yup I was using these for years! They’d last between one to two weeks until they’d start coming off. I always got comments on my nails too,’ one woman said.

Many women say they have started to opt for stick on nails too and can't believe the quality and finish

Some beauty lovers shared their Christmas looks made using fake nails (pictured)

Many women say they have started to opt for stick on nails too and can’t believe the quality and finish. Some beauty lovers shared their Christmas looks made using fake nails (pictured)

Several commenters say they struggle to get their fake nails to stay on when they apply them themselves, but beauty fans explain it comes down to the preparation process.

‘It takes a while to master the preparation process. Any slight residue of oil or any containments and the glue won’t hold,’ one woman said.

‘If the nail doesn’t completely marry to your nail bed it also allows for it to lift.’

They recommend thoroughly cleaning and filing the nail before applying the set and shaping the nail so it fits well.

How to properly prepare your nails and apply stick on nails: 

1. Prepare your natural nails – wash and dry your nails and nail bed and clean your nails with acetone.

2. Clip your nails – clip your nails to the finger bed and file them to shape, then push back the cuticles with a cuticle stick and buff the nail.

3. Find the right size stick on nail – make sure the nails fit your natural nails before apply, if you’re in between sizes then size up. You can shape the stick-on with a nail file and clippers.

4. Apply glue – put a dot of glue on the fake nail and on the real nail 

5. Apply the nail – press the fake nail just above the cuticle and press it down onto the nail bed

6. Finish the look – file the stick on nail into shape and use a q-tip to wipe off any excess glue

(Source: Byrdie)

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