Detailed Application Tips
Here's where you can find detailed information about applying and wearing Instant Acrylic Nails
How long will my nails last?
Très She Glue: When applied correctly with Très She nail glue, your nails can stay on for up to two weeks. Wear time will vary depending on your application method and how you wear them.
Nail Stickers: When using the adhesive tabs provided, your Instant Acrylic nails can last up to two days. This method is perfect for a weekend party or a night out, having your nails back to normal for the office on a Monday morning.
NOTE: When applied correctly, our Instant Acrylic nails should stay on for their maximum duration; this is, however, dependent on your lifestyle. Factors like how you wear them and which adhesive technique you use will affect the length of time that your nails stay on.
What is the best method when it comes to applying Instant Acrylics?
All the instructions for the application of your nails are outlined on the box and here are the 5 basic steps to application:
Find the size that best fits your nails and lay them out in order
Lightly buff your natural nail using the buffer provided
Wipe each nail using the cleansing pad (alcohol wipe)
Apply a thin layer of glue to your entire nail and place the instant acrylic down and inline with your cuticle. Hold it down firmly for 5-10 seconds
Repeat on all fingers and Voila! - Instant manicure!
HANDY TIPS: Nail adhesives and glues can be tricky to use at first and will require extra care when handling!
Things to look out for:
- Don't let the nail glue come in contact with your skin.
- Don't apply too much glue. You only need a minimal amount of glue covering the surface of your natural nail.
Can I shower or bathe while wearing my Instant Acrylic nails?
Of course! Taking a shower or bath is perfectly fine, provided your Instant Acrylics have been applied using the Très She glue - which is waterproof and our strongest nail adhesive.
BUT! If using the sticky adhesive nail tabs, bath-time can present some challenges as the tabs are typically removed by soaking in warm water! We recommend you avoid warm or hot water when using the sticky tabs, until you want to remove them.
How do I remove my Instant Acrylic nails?
If you’ve applied your nails using the glue supplied, this can be tricky because our glue is super strong! A helpful video with some clear steps to follow can be found here.
Removing your nails when they have been applied with tabs is easy; just soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes and you can simply peel the nails off, one by one.
Can I reuse my Instant Acrylic nails?
Our nails offer superior quality, so in short, yes. They can be reused if you've removed them carefully.
Reuse will depend on how you wear and remove your nails each time. If you are hard wearing on your hands, reusing them can be difficult.
Due to the varied nature of how individuals wear their nails, as a general rule we don’t recommend reusing them.
Like salon nails, Instant Acrylics can be damaged from heavy wear and tear or even during the removal process.
If you do wish to extend the life of your Instant Acrylic nails, try your best to take good care of them whilst wearing and removing!
HANDY TIP: If you have applied your nails with the sticky tabs, after each wear, simply remove any residual tabs from the nail back, using tweezers, before storing your nails for next time.
Dried or built-up glue on the backs of used nails, can be tricky to remove. We are releasing a Très She eFile, in May, 2020 which can be used to buff away dried glue from the backs of your nails, effortlessly.
How do I know if my size is included?
Our Instant Acrylic nail sets come complete with 24 nails in 12 different sizes. This ensures you will find your correct size and even have some spares!
*Handmade nails are packed with ten individually made nails, sized according to your order.
What if I run out of glue or sticky nail tabs?
In May, 2020, we are releasing exclusive Très She adhesive kits, In the meantime, you can stock up on spare tubes of our glue, here.
Can I use nail polish or gel on my Instant Acrylic nails?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to change up your Instant Acrylics as often as you like. Just keep in mind that you can only use a non-acetone remover.
BUT! DO NOT use acetone on your Instant Acrylic nails.
Handmade nails are non-customisable, so it is not recommended that you change or alter any handmade sets. Do so at your own risk.
Can I cut or alter the length of my Instant Acrylic nails?
All our Instant Acrylics are fully customisable, meaning they can be cut and filed to suit your desired length and style, without causing damage to the nail.
To change the length:
Use clippers and cut straight across for your desired length, then smooth the end with a file (any file will do the trick).
Re-Shape your nails:
- Stiletto: Clip each corner off, leaving the peak in the middle, then smooth the edges with a file, leaving a sharp point.
- Almond: Smooth the corners off with a file, leaving all the edges smooth.
- Square: Use acrylic nail clippers to cut straight across. File to finish.
HANDY TIP: Head to our Instagram to view our 'Reshaped' Highlights for customer examples of customised nails.
Why did my nails fall off on the first day?
Oh, no! It sounds like something has gone wrong with your application process.
Natural oils or even non-acetone remover residue can be the sworn enemy of your Instant Acrylics.
Nail application requires a careful preparation and following the instructions is critical to ensure a long-wearing, instant manicure:
Buff your natural nail bed well, leaving no part shiny. Ensure you have properly cleaned away any nail dust and oils, using the nail cleansing (alcohol) pad provided.
Take care not to touch your natural nail with your finger after it has been prepared for application.
HANDY TIP: Take the utmost care to apply your nails in a dry, clean environment, free of dust and oils or makeup products. Only the best results will come from a perfectly prepped natural nail!
Can I use tabs and glue together?
Yes, this is a great technique! Applying your tabs onto a clean, well-prepared natural nail and following with glue, will keep the nails on tightly, plus makes removal easier. A win/win!
- How to: Prep your nail, put the tabs on your natural nail, add a dot of glue to the back of the Instant Acrylic nail, and press together. Hold firmly for 10 seconds.
I got glue on my finger; what should I do?
Glue application can be tricky at first. If you get glue on your finger, wait for it to dry. It can be removed carefully using acetone and a cotton tip. Note: it is crucial not to get acetone on the Instant Acrylics as it will damage them.
Using a q-tip, apply the acetone to the glue on your finger. Then you can scrape the excess glue off your skin with your nail.
Can salon gel be used to glue down my Instant Acrylics?
If you want to have a nail salon gel applied to adhere your Instant Acrylics, it’s possible on our jelly or transparent styles, only. For our opaque styles (i.e. the UV light will not pass through), acrylic could be used instead. We recommend, however - using the glue supplied.
How can I stop the glue from being visible when applying clear nails?
Follow these steps to assist your application of clear and translucent nails:
- Put a smooth layer of glue on the natural nail bed (keep it as thin as possible)
- Place your instant acrylic nail down, and line up with the cuticle
- Press down very firmly and hold for 10-12 seconds
HANDY TIP: Cover the whole nails area with glue thinly, leaving no gaps. If you use too much glue, it will spill out around the sides of your nail, when you are pressing down firmly.
WHAT NOT TO DO
If you've had some issues with your application, don't worry, we can help! Review some of these important tips to see where you may have gone wrong!
DO NOT USE ACETONE-FREE REMOVERS ON YOUR NATURAL NAILS!
You can clean your nails with nail polish remover, but only if it's pure acetone. Any remover that claims to have nourishing qualities will most likely have oil in it, and this will not allow the nail to be glued down well.
DO NOT USE ACETONE ON OUR INSTANT ACRYLIC NAILS!
Acetone will melt Instant Acrylics, so keep it away from them. Alcohol is advised over acetone.
You can use acetone to remove the nails, only if you do not wish to use them again; acetone will damage the instant acrylics during removal.
DO NOT USE COARSE NAIL FILES
We recommend buffers and not nail files. When applying Instant Acrylic nails or re-shaping, coarse or gritty nail files will cause abrasions or damage.
DO NOT USE CUTICLE OIL DURING YOUR NAIL APPLICATION
Oils will cause your glue and or adhesive tabs to loosen, and your Instant Acrylics will become unstuck or wear-time shortened. If you wish to use cuticle oil, we recommend doing this care step 1-2 days prior to your Instant Acrylic application.