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TWELVEXSIXTEEN nails review & how I apply them!

Hello everyone!

I thought it would be nice to tell you a bit about my favourite false nail brand and how I apply them.

So I was contacted by @twelvexsixteen quite a while ago to trial their nails and see what I thought. At first, I was a bit hesitant as I had never really worn false nails before in any form, so this felt new to me. However, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try, and I am SO glad I did!

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The ‘Black Louboutins’ in the ‘Coffin’ shape

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@twelvexsixteen honestly provide the best service and quality of product that I have come across so far. They have a range shapes and colours to choose from, allowing you to customise your purchase (check their Instagram for more). The fact that these are ALL hand made is really incredible because they have such a professional finish to them.

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the ‘Greige Almonds’

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Now, as to how I apply them, I will detail step by step what I do. So read carefully for the best result.

I will be showcasing the:

  • ‘Black Coffin Louboutins’ – glue application
  • ‘Greige Almonds’ – glue application
  • ‘Bare Coffins’ – sticker application

What you will need

    • Your @twelvexsixteen false nails
    • Buffing block
    • Nail file
    • Nail glue/Stickers (dependent on methods detailed below)
    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Nail cutter



Hand prep:

  1. Firstly, I like to cut my own nails down to a fairly small size so I don’t have any nail showing underneath the false nail. I file these off to get rid of any sharp edges.
  2. Next, I buff my whole nail, using one of those 4 way buffer blocks, something similar can be found from Boots, here. Try not to buff your nail too much as it will thin down the thickness and make it more prone to damage, but enough to smooth it out a little.

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That’s all you need to do with your own hands. Next onto the false nail prep:

  1. I choose nails from the sets that best fit each finger, for example I choose the 3rd largest nail for my thumb.
  2. Now not all of these will perfectly fit your finger nails, so you need to grab yourself a nail file and file down anything from the side or cuticle side to fit your nail better. (please keep the file away from face or wear something over nose and mouth to prevent inhaling the plastic dust.)
  3. Set the nails out in order in front of you for each hand.

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Now that’s all for the false nail preparation. Next you will need to actually apply the nails, however I will be detailing TWO methods to do so, firstly with glue and secondly with stickers that make the nails instantly peelable.

GLUE APPLICATION

Before I apply ANY nails, I make sure I have thoroughly washed my hands and then wait until they are dry. Cleaning and making sure they are dry will prevent any bacteria build up that can cause infection, your hygiene is a must here!  Please note that the glue is provided separately upon request.

  1. Grab any of of the nails and use the cuticle side to push back your cuticles (all of them), this will help the nails to look close to natural as a little bit of the false nail will be under your cuticle.
  2. Grab one of the false nails that you want to apply first and add a little bit of glue to YOUR OWN nail (this will easily spread out once the nail is pushed on). Click here to see what glue I have used  in the past (wears for 5-7 days).
  3. Next, as soon as you can, take the nail and put the cuticle side under your cuticle to position it right and get it under your cuticle as nicely as possible.
  4. Push down the false nail as soon as possible and adjust quickly if needed.
  5. Hold for about 5-10 seconds and the glue will have dried. (waiting time will vary depending on glue type).
  6. Repeat for all other nails.



Now, for this method I would at least wait 4 days before I started peeling the nails off, this is because the glue may still be quite strong and therefore can break and weaken your nail which can take many weeks to recover.

To get rid of any glue left on your nails simply soak in ACETONE nail polish remover for a while, (make sure it’s acetone) which can be found here.

If you do not wish to re-use the nails, simply place your fingers in ACETONE nail polish remover for a while, and the nails should pop off.

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the ‘Bare Coffins’

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STICKER APPLICATION

Like described for the glue method, ensure your hands are thoroughly clean and dry. Some steps will be the same, however I will repeat for the sake of it being step by step. Please note that the stickers are provided separately upon request.

  1. Grab any of of the nails and use the cuticle side to push back your cuticles (all of them), this will help the nails to look close to natural as a little bit of the false nail will be under your cuticle.
  2. Take one of the stickers, and cut it to a shape that best fits YOUR nail. This will make sure you get maximum strength between false nail and real nail, and prevent any excess sticker glue from peeking out.
  3. Use some tweezers (not necessary but makes it WAY less fiddly) to pick up the sticker and place it on the back of the nail, as close to the cuticle side as possible.
  4. Press down on the sticker so the glue becomes attached to the false nail.
  5. Using the tweezers, peel of the paper part, and you should see that the glue has stuck to the nail.
  6. Next, as soon as you can, take the nail and put the cuticle side under your cuticle to position it right and get it under your cuticle as nicely as possible.
  7. Press down for about 5-10 seconds.
  8. Repeat for all other nails.

To watch a video on me applying via this method, click HERE.

I would recommend this type of application for one or two day special occasions, as the glue is not as strong but can hold very well if tugged on etc. To re-use, use the tweezers to peel off the glue.

Finish off the whole process by moisturising your hands for a glowing finish!

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As a whole, I really do love and recommend this brand to anyone, prices vary depending on the type of nail shape and colour chosen, but they really are an instant manicure!

Prices vary starting from £10.95 standard sets to £12.95. Bridal sets vary depending on the ‘glam’ requested.

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I feel like I’ve talked enough for today, but I really do hope you enjoyed this step by step guide and my thoughts on the nails.

For anyone who wants a set of these beauties, be sure to use my discount code ‘SEPIA10’ for 10% off your purchase! To order, simply direct message them on Instagram @twelvexsixteen, or alternatively e-mail them via twelvesixteennails@gmail.com. These are all on a pre-order basis, as they are all so cutely hand crafted.

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Be sure to like and comment your thoughts on this post, and follow my Instagram, @styledinsepia for all my latest updates and mini reviews that I don’t post on here!

Lots of love,

Iqra x

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