The Beginner's Guide To Press On Nails

Modern press on nails have evolved into an easy and affordable solution for an instant manicure.

20 years ago, wearing press-on nails was synonymous with embarrassing moments of nails popping off in public and trashy style.

Now all that has changed.

Nail Glue: Traditional nail glue formulas have evolved to be a reliable and effective application method.

Adhesive Tabs: Two-sided adhesive tabs that binds the natural nail with the press ons.

NAIL GLUE OR ADHESIVE TABS?

Think of the tabs as Command Strips for your nails. Most sets already have the adhesive tabs applied to the back of the nail.

Because of the surface area the adhesive covers, a set of nails can last 14+ days.

ADHESIVE TABS

While all nail glue formulas are not created equal, the key to longevity is in application technique.

Nail glue is available in several delivery methods, including brush-on, and often comes in bottles that resemble super glue.

NAIL GLUE

No matter if you're applying adhesive tabs or glue, an oil free nail bed is a must. Use an alcohol pad to thoroughly clean the surface of your nail.

Next, use a file to rough up the top layer of your natural nail. This allows the glue or adhesive to grip better.

NAIL PREP

MAKING YOUR OWN SETS

In addition to purchasing pre-designed sets from the drugstore or indie brands, did you know that you can buy blank nails & paint them yourself?

HOW TO FIND THE CORRECT SIZE NAILS

The good news is that nail sizing has come so far that sets from major brands can fit almost any size nail bed.

A good rule of thumb is if you are between sizes, choose the smaller size for a more natural result.