Fingernail Former

Form artificial fingernails on customers' fingers.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $31,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fingernail Formers do?

Forms artificial fingernails on customer’s fingers: Roughens surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel. Attaches paper forms to tips of customer’s fingers to support and shape artificial nails. Brushes coats of powder and solvent onto nails and paper forms with handbrush to extend nails to desired length. Removes paper forms and shapes and smooths edges of nails, using rotary abrasive wheel. Brushes additional powder and solvent onto new growth between cuticles and nails to maintain nail appearance. May soften, trim, or cut cuticles, using oil, water, knife, or scissors, to prepare customer’s nails for application of artificial nails.


Should I be a Fingernail Former?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Fingernail Sculptor, Fingernail Sculpturer, Finger Waver

    How to become a Fingernail Former

    Most Fingernail Formers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9uaaaa&chl=no+college+%2857%25%29|certificate+%2843%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,57,57
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