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Acrylic Nails- The New Staple?

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Acrylic nails now seem to be the staple of any celebrity’s beauty routine, from Billie Eilish and her statement nails to the Kardashians- everyone is wearing them.

I first got acrylics when I was just 12 years old and every time a holiday rolls around, it definitely feels weird not to go and get my nails done. Even though nails can be quite the luxury, especially on a student budget, they definitely finish off any outfit. So, for any newbies, here is my experience with acrylic nails and my tips.

Practicality:

Try not to go too long on the length because texting and writing becomes so much harder! Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of having long nails but getting them too long can make everyday tasks that little bit harder. Be sure to chat to your nail technician first, especially if it’s your first-time getting acrylics.

Longevity:

Now this one is a hard one and honestly, it depends on which nail salon/ nail technician you go to. Sometimes, nails can last months or weeks. However, no matter what length of time you have them on, you’ll feel glamourous all the same!

Styles:

When I first had my nails done this was a tough one. When they asked me what shape I wanted, I froze! I didn’t realise there were so many shapes and styles. Personally, I’m a fan of the almond/rounded shape however, I always recommend before going into the salon to have a look online and to see the different shapes. This will then give your nail technician a clearer idea of what you want.

Design:

This is probably the most important part of getting your nails done. Personally, if it’s for a holiday, I love having a fancy design but if you’re wanting nails for everyday I’d opt for a plain design, just so they don’t clash with your outfit as much.

Cost:

This again really depends on where you go and how fancy your design is- the fancier the design, the more it can cost. So do your research, talk to friends who have had their nails done regularly, look online at other people’s reviews and look at photos of what the technician can offer.  One other tip I have is to look out for trainee nail technicians as often they cost a lot less but can still do a great job of your nails for half the price!

So that’s it, my top five tips for getting acrylics. Remember to do your research and take a photo with you, so you know what design you want. You’ll walk into the salon like a nail pro.

Written by Olivia Ann Schofield

Edited by Madeleine Gill

Madeleine and Hesther are your health & beauty editors

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