The artificial nails are not a replacement, but an extension for natural nails. There are two main approaches to creating artificial nails—tips andforms.
- Tips are made of lightweight plastic plates that are nail-shaped. They are glued on the end of the natural nail and liquid acrylic is then applied over the entire nail.
- Forms are fitted over the nail. Then an artificial nail is molded out of acrylic. Then the form is removed and the new nail shaped and buffed to a shine.