Fashionistas who rock long, acrylic nails probably get as many questions as people with tattoos or piercings.
The press-on manicure was popularized by American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, AKA Flo-Jo. In 1988, she became (and still holds the title of) the fastest woman of all time — all while rocking acrylics. Since then, long nails have been a staple in Black and hip-hop culture.
But they can also be a curiosity to those unfamiliar, the main question being: how do you do anything with your hands?
A TikTok user named Miriam, however, put an even more specific inquiry out into the internet.
“I have one request. I want to see somebody with acrylic nails taking their contacts out,” Miriam said in a TikTok.
That’s when the user @vialsss, who was more than qualified with her lengthy blue, glittering nails, stepped up with a brief tutorial.
“Finally, it’s my time to shine. This is my No. 1 long nails life hack,” she said.
Instead of her fingertips, @vialsss used her knuckles to pinch her blue eye contact out of her lid in about half a second.
“Boom, baby, it is literally that easy. Always protect the nails and the eyeballs,” the TikToker said.
TikTokers were blown away and the hack received over 4.3 million views.
“I came here to learn, not to get schooled,” Miriam replied in the comment section.
“I can’t even do it that smoothly with my fingertips,” someone wrote.
“This is the kind of flex I want to have in my life,” another said.
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