A beginners basic guide to creating and selling custom nail tips.

Hello everyone!!

I’m here today to share with you, a new venture that I am starting in 2018. And that is setting up a shop to sell pre-made custom nail tips. So that’s what this post is going to be all about. If this is something that you have been putting off because it was going to take too much time to research…. keep reading because, I have done a lot of the work for you already. And for free no less!

Here are some examples of the Pre-made Custom tips I have created and sold.

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You have probably seen the pictures people post, of the beautiful designs on 10 perfectly shaped nails in a little box and thought to yourself ” Hey, I could do that!” Then you start wondering , what kind of box is that? Where are those tips from? How do they stick them in the box? How much can I make doing this? And maybe 100 more questions. Today I am going to be answering the top questions I have seen posted in various nail groups on this subject. So lets start with number 1.

What kind of box do I use?

People generally use a necklace box, there are A LOT for sale on the internet. You can get them with cotton inserts, velvet inserts, or no insert. Its completely up to you which you use. You can also use greeting card boxes, if you are wanting a more square look. I suggest you have a look at the options in your area. Search on EBAY and ALI BABA, maybe even amazon. Here is an example of some that you might like to purchase. Usually, they are costing anywhere between 75 pence and a pound each from the cheapest sellers I have found.

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An example of the kind of boxes you can use.

Here is the link to purchase these boxes.(highlighted in blue below)

To find these Necklace boxes on Ebay,

I searched for “ Necklace Boxes” on Ebay… Easy enough right? Well, maybe so. But there’s all different shapes and sizes, depths, and colours; even outside of this listing. So you will just have to decide what is best for your needs and get the ones you want.

What kind of tips do I use, and where do I find them?

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An example of full cover tips you can use.

Great! Now, you have found some boxes. You’re on your way 🙂 Next, lets talk about the actual nails that you are going to put in these boxes. Again, I went on to Ebay and searched for Full Cover Tips. There are literally hundreds and hundreds to choose from. You are going to have to decide, which ones will suit you best, depending on your budget and what shapes and lengths you are going to be offering to your customers. I would suggest starting small with just a couple shapes so that you don’t have to fork out a lot of money to get started. Once you have a few orders under your belt, and some profit in your pocket; you can order some different shapes. You’ll have to file the little knobbly bits off the ends. But they are already shaped!!

How do they stay stuck in the box?

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Craft glue strips, who knew!?

I looked on the internet for this glue for almost an entire year before finding these. So, you should count yourself VERY lucky that I am giving you this information. This stuff is like gold dust to me and I am sharing my seller with you all because I am a nice person. There are a few different variations of this type of glue. A big brand that sells it is called GLU . They sell it in dots, and little lines as well. But these Craft Glue Strips are the most cost efficient ones I have found and I swear down, if you buy them all… I will look for you…. Just kidding. But no seriously, don’t be greedy.

How do I hold them while I am painting them?

This is pretty basic, but you may not have thought of it, so I am just throwing it in here quickly. Grab yourself some orange wood sticks, or something “stick like” such as a paintbrush. Use a little blob of blue tac to attach the nail on to the stick like thing of your choice, and go to town! I’m not including a link to purchase these. You will find them easily enough by searching for them on Ebay. I cant do everything for you, or there would be no sense of accomplishment 🙂

What can I use to decorate these nail tips?

You can use anything you like to decorate them. I have done them in regular old school nail varnish, gel polish, hard gel, and acrylic. Keep in mind though, they are the most flexible ( and therefore give the best fit) when you do them in regular polish. Now, that’s not to say that doing them in gel polish doesn’t work. I just found they were a lot stronger/harder once the gel polish was cured, and didn’t want to conform to the shape of a natural nail as easy. You will have to do some experimenting with your products, and see which will give you the best results. I suggest making a few sets, and asking a couple of your girlfriends to trial them for you.

How are customers going to stick them on their nails?

The people who buy these beautiful creations, aren’t likely to keep them in the box and take them out on special occasions to admire them. I mean, that’s what I do with a lot of mine, but in case you haven’t noticed yet… I am far from normal. So, you have a few options here.

You can either provide the adhesive, or you can let them fend for themselves, and go to the shop to buy some glue. If you decide to provide the adhesive for them, there are more options. Do you send glue? With a brush? Do you send adhesive tabs? Do you send both? This is completely up to you. Both work, but have different purposes. If you send glue, the customer will get a single wear out of them, they may last up to 2 weeks. If you send sticky tabs, they may get a couple days wear but they will be able to wash the sticky bits off the nails and reuse them. Providing they haven’t completely ruined them while out on the town with Susan on Friday night. I suggest offering all options to your customers and letting them decide what they want to buy.

Can I actually make money doing this?

Yes! You can make money doing this. How much money you make will depend entirely on you though. I can not formulate your business plan or build your website for you. Not for free anyways 🙂 You will need to do some research now. I suggest you troll around different sellers websites and Ebay shops. There are hundreds of them. You will get a lot of ideas like: sizing charts, descriptions, terms and conditions, extras like little nail files and instruction packages. Some people sell 10 nails, some sell 20. Some make customers measure their own nails, some have set sizes, and packages in their descriptions. You will learn a lot from those who have already done this successfully. DO NOT blatantly steal someones pictures or their exact ideas. Use your imagination and create something that works for you, based on what is working for them. If you look at enough examples, you will get a rough idea of what all the sellers have in common, and what might set you apart from the rest.

There is a lot more that goes into opening an online shop selling custom tips, than I can include in this blog. But I do hope that you have found this helpful and it sends you on your way to making a bit of pocket money by being creative ! If you would like to get more information, please feel free to join our Facebook group, dedicated to creating custom tips.  Please answer all the questions upon request, or you wont get in. 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by and don’t forget to follow this blog to get an email every time I post! OH!! And, please please please, if you see anyone asking about this subject (or any of the others I have posted about) on the Nail Tech Network, or Nail Techs Helping Nail Techs, send them the link! I’m having a hard time keeping up with everyone’s posts and sometimes I miss an opportunity to share the knowledge.




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  1. Thanks so much for this info Courtney! You’ve saved me a lot of work. It’s a great addition to doing acrylic nails when there aren’t any bookings and business is slow. Thanks again xx


  2. I’ve just come across this and would like to add something like this to my business. Is it possible to have a look at the designer package.


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