Curved Nails & Curved Press on Nails

Curved Nails & Curved Press on Nails

We all have different types of nails, which can be short, curved, flat, concave, or convex. We often get our nails done to make them stronger and look healthy, plump, and shiny for weeks. Press-on nails are also an option for achieving this. No matter what your nail type is, you can wear press-on nails that look good, including the c-curved structured press-on nails. You just need to know a few tricks, such as how to measure your curved natural nails, how to apply structured press-on nails, or how to fix extremely curved press-on nails to fit them better if you have flat nails.

Before we begin, I'd like to tell you about the Press on Portal. If you're a press-on artist or are considering selling your beautiful art, this is for you. The Press on Portal is a one-stop press-on nail education center where you can learn everything from finding your ideal client to nail art, marketing, and more. You can also join a community of other talented nail artists for extra support and guidance. I highly recommend it! If you're interested, Jerri, the creator of the Press on Portal, offers a 3-day free trial for you to explore the platform. Come and join us; I can't wait to see you there!

Ok, curved nails;

How to measure curved nails.

First, we will go over how to measure natural nails for custom-made press-on nails. You need tape, a pen and a ruler or measuring tape.

You can use a flexible measuring tape, but I find that using tape and a ruler results in more accurate measurements. 

Step 1: Cut a piece of tape and place it on top of your nail. The tape needs to cover your nail from sidewall to sidewall.
Step 2: Use a pen to mark the sides of the natural nail. 
Step 3: Remove the piece of tape from the nail and place it on a piece of paper. 
Step 4: Use a ruler and measure in milimiters (mm) the distance between the two marks on the piece of tape. 


If you get a measurement between two numbers, round up to the higher number. 

If I am having a client measure their nails, I always ask them for a picture of their nails to help them determine what nail type they have, and I can better assess if I need to use natural or structured nail tips. This is one of the reasons I like to use Apres nail tips; most of my clients do the natural tips, but if I notice my client has curved nails or that's the look they are looking for, then I switch to structured nail tips. 

Another great hack I use is the Dime-hack by the brilliant nail architect Gracie J. of The Editorial Nail. She uses pictures and a coin for proportion to measure the client's nails. I have been using this hack for a year now, and it works every time. If you decide to use it, don't be afraid to ask the client for extra pictures to ensure you get the most precise measurements. 

Lastly, I found that a sizing kit is the best method that works and saves time, money, and worry. I know it can feel a bit worrisome to potentially lose a client because of adding the extra step of mailing a sizing kit and waiting for the measurements, but in my experience, clients took twice as long to measure their nails, so there was more room for error, and clients felt like it was like homework, when some of us don't have time for the extra workload. Instead, when we do a sizing kit, they are more excited about receiving something in the mail, easily measure the tips, and quickly message you with their nail tip numbers.  

It's always a good idea to ask what kind of nails your client likes and needs. Once you know their preferences, you can send them a kit with a bunch of different tips to choose from - some natural, some structured, and varying in length.

How to fix extremely curved press-on nails.

If you have flat natural nails and your press-on nails are too curved, you have a couple of options. 

You could try dipping them in hot water. 

For this hack, you need a small pot, water, a strainer, a cutting board, and a stove. 

Step 1: Add water to the pot and put it on the stove on low-medium heat. Watch the pot; once you see several tiny bubbles on the bottom, reduce the heat so the water is simmering and not boiling. 
Step 2: Dip the press-on nail, one nail at a time, in the simmering water using a small metal strainer. Dip them for 1-2 seconds and bring it out; dip them 2-3 times. 
Step 3: After dipping them, place the nail tip on a hard, smooth surface and press it down firmly. Do not press it with all your strength because the nail tip could break just enough for you to notice it flatten out a bit. 


Apparently, this hack works well since most mass-produced press-on nails are on the more curved side. That is one of the benefits of buying custom press-on nails: the nails are made to fit your specific nail shape, and there's no need to reshape. I used to think that you could reshape press-on nails, but Jerri from Dippy Cow Nails, who has been in the press business for over nine years now, advises against doing this because using a nail file breaks the seal on all the gel layers and leads to peeling. 

Instead, she encourages clients and artists to communicate more in-depth about their needs. Hence, clients provide more information that the artist needs to make the necessary adjustments before sealing and shipping a set of press-on nails. This can be asking the client for more hand pictures, suggesting a sizing kit, or asking the client to take a picture with the sizing kit tips on so we can adjust the cuticle area for a better fit. 

Also, this hack will work with solid-colored nails or painted nail art but not so much with nails with embellishments like nail parts or stones because they could pop off. 

How to wear c-curved-structured press on nails. 

Lastly, I want to share a hack to wear structured press-on nails if you have flat nails. We will use glue tabs and nail glue because we need to fill the gap between the flat natural nail and the high apex c-curved nail.  

  1. First, apply a glue tab on the natural nail 1-2 mm away from the cuticle area. Then, apply nail glue on the entire natural nail and on top of the glue tab. 
  2. Then, apply the press on nail. Start with the edge at a 45-degree angle at the cuticle area, then press down. If you notice there's still a gap in between, double down on the glue tabs. Stick another glue tab on top of the one on the nail, then apply the nail glue. 
  3. You can use regular nail glue or our third hack, nail gel glue. You can use the Nail Fast Bond by Dashing Diva. This is a thicker gap-filling nail glue, like a gel, but does not require UV/LED lamp to cure it. 
  4. Apply it on the natural nail and the nail tip, hold them together for at least 30 seconds, and actually count 30 seconds out loud; otherwise, they will not stick, and you will get frustrated like me, ending up with a nail glue mess. Hold the press on the nail for 30 seconds, then move to the next nail. 

If you use this gel-like nail glue, know that your nails will last for weeks. This is a very strong nail glue, so forget about removing your press ons 1-2 days later because you will be ripping them off and severely damaging your nails. 

I am all about natural nail tips, but I really wanted to try the extra-long sculpted nail tips by Apres x Chaun Legend. My nails are flat, and these tips are extremely curved, so I tried different things to make them work. The only hack that worked was using the glue tabs and the FastBond nail glue. My nails lasted for 4+ weeks, and I had to soak off some of them.

In the end, I was really happy with the result because I got the sculpted nail look, and my nails lasted for weeks, so I say you give it a go if you want to wear your c-curved high apex nails. 

And that's it from me today! If you decide to try any of these tips, let me know in the comments section below or tag me on IG @nail.fabs. I would love to see your sculpted nails. If you have any other questions, I am more than happy to help. 

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today! I hope you have a beautiful rest of the weekend, and I'll see you next week. 

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