As someone who's worn long nails for extended periods of time, here are 15 of the most annoying things I've experienced in no particular order.
1. Putting on any type of jewelry that has a clasp.
You can forget about clasping your favorite statement or dainty necklace with fake nails on, because it's damn near impossible. Your only options for putting on any type of jewelry (unless it's a ring) is to wait until you're at work or with a friend to get their assistance. Otherwise, allot 20 minutes to half an hour of pure frustration trying to get your bracelet on and know you still might not succeed.
2. Inserting earrings into your ears.
If your nails are long and your earrings are little, they're going to fall into the sea that is the underside of your nail. So you have a few options: (1) put in your tiny studs when your nails are short and never look back, (2) try, with every ounce of effort in you, to hold on to the small stud with the actual pads of your fingers while you secure it, (3) phone a friend for help, or (4) wear bigger earrings, like hoops or chandelier earrings, that you can actually hold on to.
3. Typing on a keyboard.
You typically type with the tops of your fingertips close to your nail, but with long AF nails, you have to change your typing ways and use the pads of your finger more. Same goes for typing on your phone. Also, be prepared to hit the wrong keys ALL THE TIME. alsk@%$@#!
4. You can't be silent while texting or typing.
Whether it's your keyboard, phone screen, or whatever, you're constantly followed by this tap, tap, tapping sound that either soothes you and contributes to the white noise, or annoys everyone around you.
5. Retrieving any type of card from any type of slot.
6. Putting on any type of makeup that you'd usually apply with your fingers.
Kiss putting on foundation with your fingertips good-bye, because you'll most likely create all types of divots in your makeup when you try to apply it while wearing fake nails. You also can't blend anything onto your face, like blush or bronzer, because one false move and an accidental nail swipe can look like you're trying to etch your name into your face.
This is hard enough to do when the floss is so tightly wrapped around your finger that you feel like it's going to fall off. Then you throw long nails into the mix and they're poking your gums, keeping you from really getting in there and cleaning between your teeth. So just stock up on floss picks, so your dentist doesn't yell at you.
8. Buttoning anything.
A shirt, pants, jacket—it's all a struggle. You used to be able to button or unbutton your shirt or pants at the speed of light, but now you have to use both hands and the sides of your fingers to get any button done or undone. It's no longer the cat eye that makes you late for work; it's your button-down shirt.
9. Opening a can of soda.
You now have to use the side of your finger to try to jimmy it open to avoid breaking or bending your nail backward. Ouch!
10. Wearing gloves.
Your gloves used to fit you until you added half an inch or more to the end of your fingers, and now they fit all weird, so you're forced to wear mittens.
11. Applying false lashes.
This is hard enough to do with short nails. But with long nails, you now you have to use tweezers to place your false lashes on your lash line, which is terrifying by itself—*sharp tool near eyes.*
12. Holding an eye pencil or using a slant-tip brush to put on eyeliner.
Just like holding a writing pencil or pen is more difficult, so is wielding an eyeliner to try and create a gorgeous graphic cat-eye on your face. Also, forget fixing smudges.
13. Putting in contacts.
What used to be a pop-them-in-and-go type of routine has now turned into a potentially blinding situation. One false move and your vision is blurry, your eye is watering, and your liner and mascara are making their way down your face like this:
14. Running your hands through your hair.
If you wear acrylics and you run your hands through your hair as they start to grow out, chances are strands will get caught between your nail and the edges of the acrylics. And more often than not, the strand of hair pulls out and gets stuck under your fake nail, which is always awesome. #Not.
15. Wiping yourself when you go to the bathroom.
You have to be super careful for obvious reasons.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.