Different designs of press-on nails

Press On Nails: Everything You Need to Know

press on nails can be a saving grace: whether you don’t have time or money to head to a salon appointment or just want a variety of easy-to-apply nails, press on nails are there for you. They’re affordable, easy to buy, easy to apply, easy to remove, and varied and colorful. So, how do they work?

What Are Press On Nails?

Press-on nails are artificial nails that you apply straight to your nail by way of glue or adhesive. Also called stick on nails, these nails are meant to be applied easily and quickly while at home or in a rush. They come in a variety of shapes and colors, and can even come as acrylic or stick-on gel nails.

Artificial press-on nails

How to Apply Press On Nails

The actual method of application will be determined by the press on nail kit you buy. They’ll either come with some nail glue, some double-sided nail adhesive or nail adhesive already applied to the nails. Then, just follow the instructions and apply the nails!

Stick on nails don’t damage your nails as much as normal acrylics or even gels can, but if you want to protect your nails even further, you can apply a layer of polish beneath the fake nail to protect your real nails.

Woman is applying nail polish

How Long Do Stick-On Nails Last

Stick-on nails can last up to two weeks, but typically only last 7-10 days. You can make them last longer with a variety of techniques:

– Applying a layer or two of clear polish beneath the adhesive of the nails and allowing it to dry fully. Then, use rubbing alcohol to further clear any residue or grime to make the surface as clear and stickable as possible.

– Apply strong, additional nail glue to your nail and the bottom of the artificial nail.

– Hold pressure on each nail for at least 30 seconds for each one you’re applying.

– Don’t get your nails wet for at least 2 hours after the application to give time for the nails to fully dry and set.

Drying the nail polish

How to Remove Press On Nails

You can remove press-on nails with acetone or cuticle oil, but the key thing is to never try and remove them with force. This will damage your nails and potentially even hurt you by peeling your own nail off or breaking them.

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