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How to apply Press-on Nails?

Applying press-on nails is a relatively simple process that you can do at home without the need for professional assistance. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to apply press-on nails:

Materials Needed:

  1. Press-on nails set
  2. Nail file
  3. Cuticle pusher or orange stick
  4. Nail glue or adhesive tabs
  5. Nail buffer
  6. Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (for cleaning nails)


  1. Prepare Your Natural Nails:

    • Start by removing any existing nail polish with a nail polish remover.
    • Use a nail file to shape your natural nails and create a clean, smooth surface.
    • Push back your cuticles using a cuticle pusher or an orange stick.
  2. Clean Your Nails:

    • Clean your natural nails with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover to remove any oils or residue. This ensures better adhesion of the press-on nails.
  3. Select Press-on Nails:

    • Choose press-on nails that best fit the size and shape of your natural nails. If needed, you can file or trim the press-on nails to achieve the desired length and shape.
  4. Apply Adhesive Tabs or Nail Glue:

    • Depending on the type of press-on nails you have, you can use adhesive tabs or nail glue. Adhesive tabs are usually pre-cut and self-adhesive, while nail glue may come separately.
    • Apply the adhesive tabs or nail glue to the back of each press-on nail.
  5. Apply Press-on Nails:

    • Press the press-on nails onto your natural nails, starting from the cuticle and pressing down towards the tip.
    • Press and hold each nail for a few seconds to allow the adhesive to bond.
  6. Shape and File:

    • Use a nail file to shape the press-on nails to your desired length and shape. File in one direction to avoid splintering.
  7. Buff the Nails:

    • Use a nail buffer to smooth the edges and create a seamless transition between the press-on nails and your natural nails.
  8. Optional: Apply Top Coat (if not pre-applied):

    • Some press-on nails come with a pre-applied top coat, while others may not. If your press-on nails don't have a top coat, you can apply one for added shine and durability.


  • Follow the Instructions: Always follow the specific instructions provided with the press-on nails or adhesive product you are using.
  • Avoid Excessive Water Exposure: While press-on nails are generally water-resistant, prolonged exposure to water may weaken the adhesive. Try to avoid activities like soaking in hot water for extended periods.

By following these steps, you should be able to achieve a professional-looking and long-lasting press-on nail application.

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