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The use of artificial nails as part of nail-care cosmetics has gained much popularity in developed countries. Various types of artificial nails are known: preformed nails (press-on nails), nail wrapping (silk nails) and sculptured nails (acrylic nails). Currently, photobonded sculptured nails (‘gel’ nails) are the most in use. In this kind of nails, polymerisation of acrylic monomers, mainly ethyl methacrylate, methyl methacrylate and hydroxyethyl methacrylate, starts by means of a photobonding technique in the presence of a weak ultraviolet source, with benzophenone-3 and -4 as light-absorbing activators.1–4
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