I like to think of myself as a hands-on person except when it comes to getting my nails done (I mean a girl deserves some pampering & self-care). As a result, Ive always cherished the services of nail artists & manicurists since I wanted nothing to do with taking care of my nails by myself. Fast forward to 2020 (you know it), the “Rona” hit and nail appointments went extinct leaving most of us scrambling to figure out alternatives.
Then press-on nails came back to the limelight and I had no option but to indulge in some beauty DIY (so glad I did). The first concern was the incorrect notion I had that press-on nail designs wouldnt appeal to me. I dont know about you but my introduction to press-ons were the sets I saw at drugstores and those just didnt appeal to me (to each his own – one mans meat is anothers poison as they say). Contrary to that notion though, there are lots of gorgeous ready to purchase designs that I later discovered through sites like Etsy.com, and even on Instagram.Whatever your taste, theres a press-on design for it. You can actually order pre-set designs online or you can order custom made ones (its also a great way to support nail artists/ small business owners during these times we find ourselves in). The best part is theyre so easy to apply. I tried it myself and heres my application process (you can also watch the below video demonstration).
How to use press-on nails
1. Prep your own nails Push back cuticles, remove any existing nail polish and thoroughly clean your nails.
2. Apply nail glue Press-on kits usually include nail glue. Apply a small amount at the centre of a given fingernail (see the below video demonstration)
3. Apply the press-on Once youve applied glue, follow up by applying the press-on nail and then press on the nail to apply pressure. I usually start out at the centre and then distribute the pressure.
Have you tried press-on nails/ would you?
Ella is a Beauty & Fashion blogger known for her flair for effortlessly mixing prints & styling pieces in unique ways. She has been featured on ESSENCE Magazine, Refinery29.com, Nylon.com, TheCut.com, among others. Ella is very passionate about community development and uses her platform to encourage growth and positivity. Follow her on Instagram @ellasfashionfix