People often stop me and compliment my nails designs. Being the modest person I pretend to be I always admit that my nails are press-on. YES, I admit I use press-on nails. Press-on nails have intricate designs and cool effects that catch the eye. Also they are simply much cheaper than getting your nails done professionally. Especially if you like the extra add ons like patterns, glitter, rhinestone or holographic effects like me. Normally these extra design elements would cost you the price of a utility bill in a salon but you can get the same or an even better manicure for less than $15 at your local drug store.
Now the next question you’re probably asking is “How do you get them to stay on?” I know press-on nails are notorious for coming off as soon as the wind blows but I have found a way to keep them on for longer than a day, up to a month to be exact. YES, a whole month!
Applying Press-On Nails
- To get my press-on nails to stick I use a nail file to buff the entire surface of my nails. It’s important to not over buff your nail because this will make them super thin and that’s no good.
- Once I’m done buffing my nails I layout the faux nails I’m planning on using.
- I grab my nail glue and apply it to my nail. I prefer to buy a brush on nail glue so I can control the amount of glue being applied on my nail.
- After brushing a good amount of glue on my nail I immediately grab the faux nail and align it onto my cuticle. I hold the faux nail down for 5-10 seconds and then I release.
This method is not completely fool proof. It takes time to perfect but if done right your press-on nails will last up to a week. If you’re lucky up to 3-4 weeks.