How to Apply Press on Nails

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My favorite obsession lately is press on nails. I love that I can get an at home manicure with elaborate designs at a fraction of the cost. Win, win, win! They last a lot longer than regular nail polish — this set here is 1.5 wks old and going strong. Plus they are easy to apply and less messy than other methods. So here’s how to use them:

Step 1

They often come in sets of 12 or 24. Not all will fit. Select the ones that will fit your nails best and arrange them on the table.



Step 2

Now is time to resize them if necessary. You can file the sides if they are too big that way. I always shorten mine. I am a short nails kind of girl plus I find that they last longer if they are not constantly getting caught on things. To do this I use regular old nail clippers. I simply position the fake nail above my natural nail to determine how long I need it and clip away.


After cutting I usually file the new tips to get rid of any choppy appearance left by the clippers. Here are my shorter nails:


Step 3

Nail prep time. The first thing I do is remove my cuticles. You may prefer to just push them back. Then I clip my natural nails short. Don’t want them outgrowing my fakes! After everything is trimmed you will need to file the surface of your nail. By roughing your nail up you are making it easier for the glue to stick.


Wipe away any dead skin cells from the filing. Gross, I know.

The last step you will need to do in prepping your natural nails is to remove any oils by wiping them with either alcohol or nail polish remover.

Step 4

Almost done! The last step is to actually stick the nail on. Some nails will come with double sided glue already adhered to the fake nail. All you have to do with these is stick them on. The ones I am using today did not come with the double sided glue and so I had to use a nail glue. I got mine off of amazon, here, for a couple of bucks. I find that this stuff is handy to have around even when using the double sided glue — if a nail starts coming loose you can just add a dab of this stuff and you’re good to go.

Apply a layer of nail glue to your natural nail and to your fake nail. Put the fake nail on and press for about 10 seconds. Voila, you’re all done!


Step 6

Go out and enjoy all the compliments you get on your new nails!


P.S. I got this set from Chichicho on Etsy :)

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4 thoughts on “How to Apply Press on Nails”

  1. Shea - October 23, 2015 9:19 AM

    Wow I’m impressed with how those turned out! I haven’t worn press on nails since I was a kid, and well, they were REALLY fake looking. I’m such a klutz when it comes to painting my nails so I’ll have to try these!

    1. - October 25, 2015 4:18 PM

      I’d definitely give it another try! I love these things. I thing it all depends on the design and quality if they look fake or not.

  2. Kim - October 23, 2015 10:56 AM

    These nails are so cute! I need to track down that glue, I’m a klutz when it comes to nails so the brush on application sounds like something right up my alley! Great post Natalie! XO -Kim

    1. - October 25, 2015 4:19 PM

      Thanks! Glue on nails are so much easier for us klutzy girls who can’t keep the polish strictly on the nail :)


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