How do you apply press on nails (using nail glue)?

Applying press-on nails using nail glue is a straightforward process. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you achieve a secure and long-lasting application:

Materials Needed:

  1. Press-on nails
  2. Nail glue
  3. Nail file
  4. Cuticle pusher or orange stick
  5. Rubbing alcohol or acetone
  6. Cotton pads or lint-free wipes


  1. Prepare Your Natural Nails:

    • Start with clean, dry nails. If you have old polish on your natural nails, remove it using nail polish remover.
  2. Shape Your Natural Nails:

    • Use a nail file to shape your natural nails to your desired length and shape. This step helps create a smooth surface for better adhesion.
  3. Push Back Cuticles:

    • Gently push back your cuticles using a cuticle pusher or an orange stick. This helps create a clean surface for the press-on nails.
  4. Clean Natural Nails:

    • Dampen a cotton pad or lint-free wipe with rubbing alcohol or acetone and wipe each natural nail. This removes any oils or residues that may affect adhesion.
  5. Select Press-on Nails:

    • Choose press-on nails that match the size and shape of your natural nails. Lay them out in order for easy application.
  6. Apply Nail Glue:

    • Apply a small drop of nail glue to the back of the press-on nail. Concentrate the glue near the cuticle area and along the sides for better adhesion.
  7. Place Press-on Nails:

    • Press the press-on nail onto your natural nail, starting from the cuticle area and pressing down toward the tip. Hold the press-on nail in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to bond.
  8. Repeat for Each Nail:

    • Repeat the process for each nail, working one nail at a time to ensure accuracy.
  9. File and Shape:

    • Once all press-on nails are applied, use a nail file to shape and refine the edges. This step helps create a seamless and natural look.
  10. Optional: Nail Polish or Nail Art:

    • If desired, you can apply nail polish or nail art to enhance the appearance of your press-on nails.

Remember to follow the specific instructions provided with the nail glue you are using. Additionally, be cautious not to use excessive glue to avoid spills and mess. With proper application, press-on nails can provide a convenient and stylish solution for a temporary manicure.

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