Press On Nails 101.

Press On Nails 101.

Do you love to get your nails done but hate the hassle of having to spend a thousand hours in the saloon?
Do you love to switch up your outfits to match your nails?
Do you get bored of your nail design quickly?
Do you hate to take off your gel polish and acrylic?
Do you want healthier nails?
-If you answered YES to any of this, PRESS ON NAILS should be on your radar

While these might seem like relics of the past, the cheap press-on nails you remember from childhood have gotten a rather luxe update for modern-day. There is a press on kit available if you decide to wear your nails long or short, polished to perfection or accentuated with gems. Since it may have been quite some time since you last ventured the world of press-ons, ahead you’ll rediscover what they are, how they work, and how to ensure they look their best for as long as possible. Happy DIY-ing!

What are Press On Nails?

Press-on nails, also known as glue-on nails, are just artificial nails. They are made of an ABS acrylic resin. There are many acrylic resins available and the specific ingredients can change between different brands and models. They come in a variety of shapes, styles, and colors, not to mention a range of budgets. 

How do they #AnaMariaBeaute Press On Nails work?

Our Press-on nails typically come in a kit that includes 24 nails, a nail glue, a nail file and a cuticle pusher. The nails themselves come in multiple sizes for each nail so that you have a good chance of finding a press-on that perfectly matches your nail shape and size. And, if they’re a bit off, that’s where the file comes into play. 

Once you select your press-on, you glue them on or use an adhesive tab to stick them down. It’s as simple as that. (But, if you’re fretting over the process, no worries! We take you through a full run-down of how to apply press-on nails at the end of this article.)

How long do they last?

Depending on the method of application, press on nails can last up for seven days to two weeks with proper care.

Our rule of thumb is: More glue equals longer wear.

The cool part about press-ons is that you actually can wear them for very short periods of time too if in this case you use an adhesive tab. Just look at Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance. “There’s no salon backstage. “She just switched out her press-ons!” So, whether you want flashy nails just for the weekend or you’re hoping for a longer-lasting mani, press-ons might just be the answer to your prayers.

Are they safer and a healthier alternative to other nail extensions?

Compared to acrylic extensions and gels, press-ons are a lot safer. Damage to your nails comes in the form of erosive substances like acetone and in order to remove acrylic extensions or gel polishes, you have to soak your nails for at least 15 minutes—your nail beds are crying!” Plus for the acrylic polymer to stick, technicians have to buff your natural nail, making it paper-thin, which, as you can imagine, isn’t exactly good for your nails.

Press-ons, on the other hand, don’t require any excessive buffing or soaking. “To remove press-ons, all you need to do is soak in warm soapy water for 15 minutes until they loosen naturally—no chemicals needed.

Our best application tips

Cut and file your real nails as short as possible prior to application (don’t miss the sides) if you opt for a shorter nail length.

Wash your hands after filing and make sure they don’t have any lotions or oils on them.

If you want your set to last longer, use the glue. As the adhesive nail tabs don’t last as long.

Put a thin coat of glue on your real nail AND the fake nail. We’ve tried to cut corners by only using glue on one or the other, and they did not last nearly as long.

Press together for 15-20 seconds to prevent air bubbles (you can sometimes see the air pockets beneath if you get a light color and don’t do this step).

Try to wipe any excess glue that squeezes out of the sides before it dries.

You can file the fake nail to perfect the shape and length!

Removal Tips.

You will not have damage if you are patient and wait for them to pop off on their own.

If you need to remove them before the time that they pop off on their own, you can soak them in an oil and water mixture.

If you want them to pop off faster and don’t feel like soaking them, use cuticle oil or any other oil you have available a few times a day so that it slides underneath where they’re lifting and speeds up the process.

If you have any glue left on your nails after removal, try to let your nails breath for a day or two afterwards before putting on a new set. I find that with simple hand washing and showering, the glue will work itself off.

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  • Thank you for this tips. Love it

  • Very informative


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