Tutorial: How to apply fake nails at home with KISS*

Ever wanted beautiful salon nails but didn't want to splurge on it, or commit to it and risk the chance of damaging your nails? Well, KISS has been making gorgeous, on-trend false nails and they sent me a few sets to review. I remember that I used false nails when I went to prom because I didn't want to get gel or acrylic nails since I played piano back then and obtaining the length I desired just wouldn't be wise. I would be clicking and clacking on the piano keys. Back then, I didn't really know the best way to do this so I would always either make a mistake, pick the wrong the nail size or figure out later on that I used the wrong nail and didn't have one for a similar nail size - for e.g. index finger vs. ring finger. 

If you want to learn how I apply the nails now then just keep on reading below....
When you first purchase the pack of nails, you will see that there are already a few nails that are displayed to show you the pattern that you are buying. The rest of the nails that you will need are nested in the plastic case on the top.

I personally like to dunk out the entire package, lay out the designs and pieces and visually map out what I think will work before going ahead to apply them - see below. This set also came with a orange stick, nail cleanser pad and a small nail file (that I like to use to trim the fake nails itself sometimes to have it fit exactly to my nail shape, especially near the bed area).

Once you have the proper fake nails laid out in front of you, clean your nails with the pad to prep them for nail application. 

These nails have come a long way since when I used them, it used to be squeeze a dot of glue on the back of the nail and press on to your actual nail and wait. Now, there is a peel off sticker from the back of the fake nail and you just press it onto your nail itself. 

I am taking photos for the purposes of a tutorial and demo-ing it, but I won't be applying it for now because of all the baby diaper changing I'm doing and getting thick diaper cream under the nails is hard to get out and I don't want to accidentally scratch baby. 

However, as you can see from the images below, lining up the nails first before applying them guarantees that you have what you want when you need it. If you can see, the pinky nail is rounded and the index nails are quite pointy in the upper corner. In this case, I like to just use the file included to round out the top corners to make it more aesthetically pleasing. 

KISS has so many different designs and shapes to choose from that I guarantee that you'll find something you like. I hope you find this tutorial helpful!

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.


  1. I've heard SO many good things about these nails, I'm so tempted to try them! I always saw fake nails as a kind of weird beauty trend, but KISS is really bringing it up a notch!

    Melanie | I'm Not a Beauty Guru

    1. I really appreciate that their designs are so ontrend and not the old school one design way you know what I mean? That looks ultra fake

  2. Their French Manicure line is amazing too! I've used them a few times for special occasions (weddings, holidays, etc) and you can have a PERFECT French mani for under $10 (or half of that, if you catch them on sale), and only about 10-15 minutes if you're going slowly and carefully. I've even done my nails in the car en route. ;) Woohoo!