How to Apply Press-On Nails
There’s something about having a fresh new set of gel nails. It somehow gives you an extra boost of confidence and feeling like you have your ish together – or am I the only one who feels this way? If you have a hectic and busy schedule, or you’re just trying to save a little more money, spending $30+ every 3 weeks on your nails isn’t ideal. Solution: press-on fake nails! Here’s a full guide on what’s worth it and how to apply press-on nails.
I’ve tried a few brands of press-on nails, and the Kiss imPress Gel Manicures like the one I have on is by far my favorite. With its “PureFit Technology”, these imPRESS Press-on Manicure is super slim and comfortable. These nails have a very gel nails look & feel, and you don’t need to have that added mess of glue!
Step Number 1: Prep Your Nails
Even though prepping your nails is optional, you don’t want to skip this step. This will make make a difference in the longevity on these nails. Here’s what you do:
- Use a wood cuticle stick to carefully push your cuticles.
- This is important: use alcohol or nail polish remover to remove any oils that may be on your nails.
- File and shape your nails with a nail file.
- Use a nail buffer to buff your nails. I find that this step gives the glue a better hold to the nail with the surface is rough.
- Pro tip: never apply a cream or cuticle oil before applying.
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Step Number 2: Find the Right Fit
Before putting on any sort of adhesive, check to see which press-on nail will fit each finger. If the nail is too big for your nail, it will easily pop off. Remember that the thinner, rounder edge is what aligns and faces your nail bed.
Step Number 3: Apply Press-On Nails
The Kiss imPress Gel Manicures already had an adhesive on the back of the nail. All you need to do is peel off the plastic, place it on your nail, press and hold for a few seconds. If the nails you’re using don’t have an adhesive on its back and you need to use liquid glue, add the glue to both your nail and the press-on nail. This time, press and hold for about 30 seconds or until the glue is dry.
Some other FAQs:
- Do press-on nails ruin your nails? Compared to some of the other fake nails you can get done at the nail salon, press on nails doesn’t damage your real nails.
- How long do press-on nails last? Press-on nails typically last about five days to a week. If you follow the tips mentioned in this post, they will last for at least a week.
If you really want to get fancy, shape your nails using a nail file and cutter. I love the almond shape, but you can do round, coffin, or just keep it as is. And that’s it! that’s how to apply press-on nails!