No Time for the Nail Salon? These Press-Ons Take 5 Minutes and Look Just as Good

Do you want to know what nails I've been wearing for the last two years? Press-ons. Most people are shocked at my response when they ask me who my nail artist is, and I'm always happy to share my secret. I learned a few things about how to make press-ons go the distance because, unlike gel and acrylic options, water and oil can cause them to lift before you're ready.

How Do You Apply Press-On Nails?


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Here are a few tips. The first one is to wash your hands and dry them thoroughly. Next, wipe down each fingernail with alcohol to remove any lingering oil from your nails. If you skip this step, your nails won't last very long. Lastly, make sure you hold the press-on down for at least 10 seconds to make sure the glue adheres to your nail. As for washing your hands, be sure to thoroughly dry your hands after each wash to prevent water from getting under your press-on. If for some reason one pops off, always keep a spare tube of glue in your bag. Popping a press-on back on is easy, so there's no need to fret.

Now, let's get into some of my favorite press-on picks for your next at-home manicure.

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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