Put press-on nails on top of gel nails?

Applying press-on nails on top of gel nails is not a recommended practice. Gel nails provide a durable and long-lasting extension or overlay to your natural nails, and placing press-on nails on top can compromise the integrity of the gel application. Additionally, the press-on nails may not adhere properly to the gel surface, leading to an uneven and potentially short-lived result.

If you have gel nails and wish to change your nail design, it's generally better to remove the gel polish and apply a new set or a different design. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to safely remove gel polish:

Materials Needed:

  1. Acetone
  2. Cotton balls or pads
  3. Aluminum foil
  4. Nail file
  5. Buffer
  6. Cuticle oil


  1. Prepare Your Workspace:

    • Ensure you have a well-ventilated area. Acetone can have a strong odor, so adequate ventilation is essential.
  2. File the Surface:

    • Use a nail file to gently buff the shiny surface of the gel polish. This helps the acetone penetrate the gel layers more effectively.
  3. Soak Cotton Balls in Acetone:

    • Soak cotton balls or pads in acetone. Use enough to cover each nail.
  4. Place on Nails and Wrap with Foil:

    • Place the acetone-soaked cotton on each nail, and wrap each finger with a piece of aluminum foil to secure the cotton in place.
  5. Wait for Soaking:

    • Allow the nails to soak for about 10-15 minutes. The gel polish should start to lift.
  6. Gently Remove Gel Polish:

    • Use a gentle rubbing motion to remove the softened gel polish. If needed, use an orange stick or cuticle pusher to help lift the polish.
  7. Buff and Shape:

    • After removing the gel polish, use a buffer to smooth and shape your natural nails.
  8. Apply Cuticle Oil:

    • Finish the process by applying cuticle oil to nourish your nails and surrounding skin.

Once the gel polish is completely removed, you can either reapply a new gel polish design or opt for press-on nails if you prefer. Always follow proper nail care practices to maintain the health of your natural nails.

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