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What’s the best way to do nails that are worn just for a special occasion then removed – like prom nails?

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What’s the best way to do nails that are worn just for a special occasion then removed – like prom nails? And how would you price them? The wearers are usually teens.

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What’s the best way to do nails that are worn just for a special occasion then removed – like prom nails? And how would you price them? The wearers are usually teens.

Rima Kitsko: There are a variety of options available for temporary or “party” nails. A common technique is to apply a tip (don’t blend), then very thinly overlay the nail with either a gel coat, an acrylic coat (don’t use primer even if your product company recommends one), or a resin with activator. Then just buff and polish. There is usually no guarantee with this sort of temporary nail but they should last through the night of the event. The nails take about 30-45 minutes from start to polish dry, and average pricing is $25. I also offer free removal so the client won’t damage her natural nails trying to get them off herself.

Debi Waszut: I usually opt for a set of nails using silk wraps and white tips or natural tips with polish. The reason for this is that they can be applied quickly and can be soaked off in 15 minutes. If I opt for acrylic nails because the client’s natural nails need shape correction, I keep my application thinner than usual so that they soak off quickly. Here again I usually use polish because I can sculpt a set in 35 minutes using a natural powder.

Mary Metscaviz: I glue on white tips then apply resin over them. Then I buff the nails and reapply until a smooth surface is achieved. These tips are great for the prom or any special occasion. They can easily be removed with acetone and will not damage the natural nail to the extent that full acrylic coverage of the tips would. They are not for long-term and I only guarantee they will stay on for two days. I usually charge $40 and they take only 30 minutes to apply.

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