13 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Press-On Nails

One of the main reasons why people love press on nails is the price factor, it’s a more affordable option to getting your nails done at a salon. They also cause absolutely no damage to you natural nails when applied with adhesive tabs.

But sometimes they can fall off prematurely due to improper applications. Press on nails applied with liquid glue can last 2 weeks when applied properly.

It doesn’t matter if you use the strongest glue in the world or buy the most expensive press-on nail kit you can find. If you don’t prep your natural nails properly before applying press ons, you’re going to have the same problems with lifting and separation over and over again.


Here are some essential steps you should take every single time.

  • Remove old nail polish or gel from your fingernails.
  • Clean nails with alcohol pads or wash hands thoroughly with soap and wipe dry
  • Use a cuticle pushers to push you cuticle back a bit.
  • Trim and file your nails.
  • Buff your nail beds properly. Now this is the most important part. Use a nail buffer to add texture to the surface of your nail plate to enable the nails stick properly. A perfectly smooth nail bed will give room for the nails to slide off easily. 
  • Pick the right nails size for your nail bed. This is also another essential part that helps the nails stay on longer. When you apply a nail that is too big or too small for your nail bed, it would cause it to pop off too early. So you need to pick a perfect fit for each nail bed.
  • Apply enough glue to avoid air pockets, secure adhesion and extend wear. Apply glue to the back of your artificial nails and to your natural nails.
  • Nail placement is key, align the press on nails with your cuticle, gently press down and hold for some seconds. Allow the glue to dry completely before moving onto the next nail.
  • When done applying all the nails, Avoid water or washing your hand for the first 2 hours.

Read more: How to Wear Press-on Nails

Things to avoid doing:

  • Once the nails are on, avoid picking at it.
  • Avoid opening cans with your nails. Instead, use the flesh of your thumb or index finger. 
  • Avoid putting lots of pressure on your nails.
  • Avoid “soaking” your nails in water. Water will make the glue weaken around your nail allowing it to separate from your natural nail.

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