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This Is The Most Fool-Proof Trick For People Who Suck At DIY Manicures

Can't paint without getting polish all over your cuticles? No problem.

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People of the world who suck at DIY manicures, here is your solution: pre-glued nails.

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They come in a pack like this and they cost $7.50.

Each set comes with 24 nails, so if you make a mistake, you literally just pick up a new nail and start fresh.

You'll use the same tools you've always used for a manicure.

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The best nail file to use is a 150/180 grit, which means that the filing surface is fine enough that it won't tear the nail. You can use any nail clippers.

Here's what to do: On a sheet of paper, lay out about 10 inches of double-sided tape. Then go through the box and find pre-glued nails that match the size of each of your natural nails.

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Lay out the nails in size order, pressing them glue-side down on the double-sided tape. Firmly press down on each nail so it's really secure. If they're not fully stuck to the tape, you may have a hard time painting. In that case, stop polishing and press down harder.

The line across the nail marks the side that will face outward when you press them onto your nails.

And here's why fake nails are incredible: You paint them before they go on your real nails, so you don't have to worry about polish on your cuticles or painting with your non-dominant hand.

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Open your nail polish and paint two coats onto the nails that are on the tape. Be generous with the polish and make sure you evenly paint all of the sides of the nail. You don't need a base coat because the polish won't be sitting on your actual nail bed. As for top coat, that's optional too. The nails will adhere to your fingers for about a day, so you won't really need to deal with chipping.

For this manicure, we used OPI Colorpaints Pen & Pink over OPI Colorpaints Silver Canvas.

Once you're done painting, let the nails dry for about 20 minutes.

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Make sure they're completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Using a cotton ball and some nail polish remover, clean any polish or debris off of your natural nails.

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The glue on the fake nails will stick best to a dry, clean surface. You can do it while you're waiting for the nail polish to dry. ~*Multitasking*~

Take the nails off of the tape one at a time and press them onto your natural nail with the glue-side down, line-side facing out.

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If the polish wasn't totally dry when you pressed the nail to your finger, don't panic! You can fix any smudges with extra polish now.

On the right is a photo of what will be happening underneath your nail. The glue on the nail will adhere to your nail and expand over the nail bed once you press it to your finger.

If you added extra polish, give it about 15–20 minutes to dry. Then use nail clippers to trim the nails to the length you want.

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You can also decide to keep their original length and shape. It's all about what works best for you!

Use a nail file to clean up any uneven edges.

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To ensure a smooth finish, only file the nail in one direction.


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Move on to the rest of your nails to finish your entire manicure.

These will adhere to your real nails for about one full day, which is clutch for special occasions like weddings.

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Once you're done for the day, all you have to do is peel the fake nail off of your real nail. No nail polish remover required!

Nail Artist: Miss Pop Nails

Patricia Inspire Nails were provided to BuzzFeed Life free of charge.