Shikha Mittal


Everything You Must Know About Press On Nails

We spend lot of our time for our hairs, eyebrows, lips, facial hair but, we spend very less time on our nail which is as important as body-parts however, we used nail polish for beautifying our nails but neither everyone has long and strong nail nor nail polish is long lasting So, what can we do for that or to be precise what is a better alternative to that? There are so many options for making your nail beautiful that is nail extension and press on nail. Here we will discuss about Press on nails.

What is Press on nail?

Press on nails, also known as glue on nails, were super popular in the late 90’s/early 00’s. They are artificial but looks like natural, acrylic nails that are already made up; the client simply has to glue them onto the top of their natural nail. These are the awesome, popularized and beloved by many women.

How long do Press-On nails last?

Unlike nail polish as we discussed above they are more durable and looks more beautiful and does not require nails to be long and strong. When applied correctly, press-on nails can last up to two weeks that means application technique is the key to achieve a long-lasting nail.

How long it takes to apply nail press?

Nail press is very easy and convenient process which hardly takes time from your busy schedule. It takes the time as polishing your nail takes.

What are the Steps to apply Press on Nails?

  • Remove the old nail polish

The very first step of this manicure is of course you have to remove old nail polish. After this then your nail is prepared for the next step

  • Cleaning and buffing of nail

After removing old nail polish; start by washing your hands, clean your nails of all remnants of polish or adhesive, and give yourself a mini-manicure by trimming your nails, buffing them, pushing back your cuticles, and trimming any excess skin around your nail beds. You should always keep your natural nails short, so your press-on nails can lie seamlessly.

  • Soak your nails

Now you have to work on your cuticles. Place your fingers in warm water for two to three minutes. Use an orange stick to push your cuticles out of the way for a clean-cut look. Follow up with a bit of cuticle oil at the base of your nails to keep them looking healthy and moisturized.

  • Identify your nail size

For determining what size of press-on nails to use the right fit, you should lie flush with the edges of your natural nail bed, perfectly covering your whole nail. To help make the process easier, many brands have a number system when it comes to sizes. The numbers go from biggest to smallest, with zero typically being for thumbs and higher numbers for pinkies.

  • It’s glue time

Depending on how long you want to wear the nails will determine how much glue you use when applying. If you want your nails to last 1-2 days you'll need to apply a thin strip of glue from your cuticle to the tip of each nail.  If you're wanting your nails to last 7-14 days, apply glue to your natural nail and let it dry just a few seconds and apply some glue to the back of the static nail as well. Whatever durability you choose, you'll need to press on each one and apply pressure for 20-30 seconds to ensure the glue is given enough time to adhere.

  • Shape up your nail if you want to

Shape your press on nails if you want to make press-on nails look real and last. Many fake nail sets are very long or very pointy. If you're not used to nails like this or you want a different style, all you have to do is take a pair of nail clippers and a file, and shape them the way you like. Plastic press-on nails are surprisingly easy to cut.

  • Apply coating (optional)

Last step but Apply a clear nail coat overtop. This step is crucial to give the look of a fresh manicure.

What is the removing of Press on Nails?

Soak your finger in acetone just for few minutes (until you are easily able to pull the nails away from the glue) so that the nail start to loosen the glue. This process will safe for removing the glue. Soak until the glue breaks down and the nails become loose enough to effortlessly pull them off or until they fall off on their own. Have patience. If you yank off your press-ons before they’re ready, it could strip layers off your natural nails and damage them. If you aren’t a big fan of acetone, then you can try using acetone-free nail polish remover to get your fake nails off. If you’re soaking your nails and notice that they’re still not easily coming off.  Use a soft nail buffer to carefully remove them. Never, ever pull up the false nails or file harshly. Apply a cuticle-oil soaked cotton ball to your press on nails, especially focusing on the edges so that the oil can get underneath to the glue. You can even use tape or aluminum foil to keep the cotton ball positioned against your nails. The glue should start to loosen after about five minutes and you should be able to easily pull off the press on nails.

Is nail press reusable?

Even though press on nails last a long time with proper care, better yet, they can even be reused once you remove them!

Does Press on Nails ruin your real nails?

Perhaps your previous experiences with fake nails have made you wary of all types, but you definitely don’t have to worry about damaging your natural nails by wearing press on nails. 


No doubt that Press on nails is super impressive and easy to use. Like other nail extensions press on nails also require to be diligent about applying them properly, removing them safely, and generally following basic nail care guidelines if you are looking to obtain (or maintain) beautiful and healthy nails!