They never lose their shine or shape. And if one pops off prematurely, you can clean it with alcohol, file down the edges, and glue it right back on. Your natural nails are much safer underneath a pair of press-ons than gels or acrylics
How to Apply Press-on Nails?
Press-on nails come in kits which include either nail glue, double-sided glue gel strips, or your fake nails might already have an adhesive strip applied to them.
Each set comes with instructions explaining how to put on fake nails. It is actually quite easy.
Even if your kit comes with an adhesive, I recommend buying additional nail glue to have on hand. Below are the steps to give yourself a press-on manicure using one of these kits:
Step 1: Pick the right nail for each one of your fingers. I typically figure out a pattern I like and lay the nails out on a flat surface in front of me. When you are selecting the nails, don’t forget to pay attention to your fingernail beds.Step 2: File the nails down for length and shape if needed. Because there is a wide variety of shapes and lengths available, once you know what brand and type work for you, you likely won’t need to do this too much.Step 3: Remove any left-over nail polish or residue off your nails (see removal methods below) and push back your cuticles. Wash your hands thoroughly.Step 4: This step is VERY IMPORTANT and KEY to keeping your nails healthy! Some kits will tell you to buff your nails, however, I would advise against this because it damages your natural nail over time. Instead, apply a coat or two of clear polish and let your nails dry. This will help protect the nail from any chemicals in the glue because it serves as another layer between your nails and the glue. You can lightly buff the surface of the polished nail, but I find it unnecessary.Step 5: Wash your hands again, or use an alcohol wipe to clean the surface of your nails. This step removes any residue and oils left on your nails. Dry thoroughly.Step 6: You are ready to apply your nails. When applying the press-on nails to your natural nails, make sure to start from your pinkies and work your way in. Always leave your thumbs for last. And just like that, you’re ready for the red carpet!How to Make Press-on Nails Last Longer?
You can make your press-on nails last longer by following these 4 simple tips:
Tip 1: Whether using clear polish under the glue or not, always make sure to use rubbing alcohol to clean off any remaining residue and natural oils before applying. Tip 2: Use a strong adhesive nail glue by applying it both to the back of the press-on nail and your natural nail. Tip 3: Put pressure on every nail for 30 seconds as you are applying. This lets the adhesive spread across the full surface thus ensuring a stronger bond. This will, in turn, make press-on nails stick better.Tip 4: Do not wash your hands or come in contact with water for at least 2 hours after application to help your press-on nails stay on longer. I find that doing this overnight is the easiest (no risk of accidentally washing your hands). Tip 5: Use a top hardener coat to make your nails look polished and help them stick better. This also has the added benefit of hardening the actual nail surface which makes it more durable.How to Remove Press-on Nails?
You can take off press-on nails without damage without much difficulty if you just follow a few easy steps. The one thing you should never do is try to physically pull them off.
Below I will outline the 3 easiest and best ways to get faux nails off and remove glue residue while keeping your digits healthy.
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These are great methods for removing gel manicures and dip powder manicures as well.
1. Double-Boiler Method:
Fill a larger bowl with a couple of inches of hot water. Then place another smaller bowl filled with acetone inside it. Once the acetone is warm, place your fingers into the bowl for about 5-10 minutes. Because acetone is so drying, I recommend slathering your fingers in olive oil beforehand. I use a timer and just space out in front of a TV.
2. Cuticle Oil Method:
Use a queue tip to apply cuticle oil to your fingers all around the nail. A cotton ball soaked in cuticle oil works just as well. Let it work on your nails for a few minutes and you should see the falsies come off pretty easily.
3. Nail Clips Method:
You can buy these here. Nail clips are way easier to use to remove faux nails and even gel nails than the old foils. Your own body heat will speed up the process. You can use either acetone or oil using this method as well.
How to Make Press-on Nails Look Real or Like Acrylics?
The best ways to make sure your press-on nails look natural is to make sure you pick the right shape for your fingernails, match them well to each finger, and shape them when necessary.
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Once you have applied your falsies, I recommend that you use a top coat to give them that polished look. But do not try this on matte nails.
How to Reuse Press-on Nails?
Another great thing about press-on nails is that you can reuse them. I would recommend using the cuticle oil or non-acetone nail polish remover when you take them off if you plan to reuse, however, as acetone will eat away at the acrylic.
It’s also important to note that kits normally come with 20+ different nails. That means that even if you used half of the box, you can keep the rest of the nails to mix and match with other sets in the future.