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how to apply press on nails

The Guide: How to Apply Press On Nails

Press On Nails are a fabulous accessory for all, made with various patterns, designs, and shapes to suit nearly any style. Whether you need them for a special event or everyday play, these beauty essentials can instantly make your life easier - especially since you can do them right from home! Just grab your polish remover, paint lab press-on nails, a file, and a few more tools… and watch TV as you give yourself the home manicure that even the salon can’t compete with.

While press-on nails from paint lab are made for easy application, there are still a few things you need to know. From simple tricks to the age-old question of “which style is right for me?” you’re always in good hands with paint lab.


How to Apply Press On Nails


While your nail technician makes it look easy, the art of applying Press On Nails nails on your own can be a bit daunting. How are you supposed to sand them down to the proper shape, make less mess, and ensure that they last as long as you need them to? Follow these six steps for a pain-free, easy-as-can-be nail process!

Step 1: Get your tools


Step 1: Get Your Nail Tools


To begin, ensure that you have the following on hand before you start applying your Press On Nails nails:

  • Nail polish remover;
  • Cotton pads
  • Your favorite set of Press On Nails from Paint Lab.
  • Glue
  • Buffer
  • Nail file
  • Nail clippers or scissors
  • Small container of water

Step 2: Prepare your natural nails


Step 2: Prepare Your Natural Nails


Just like at the salon, you need to remove any excess polish on your natural nails before proceeding with Press On Nails ones. After your nails are clean, soak them in lukewarm water for up to five minutes. This process not only softens the nails but also eliminates any acetone to guarantee that your press-on nails last as long as possible.

Step 3: Trim and buff

Step 3: Trim and Buff Your Nails


Grab your pair of nail clippers, and trim along the edges of your natural nails to make them all the same shape. Ideally, this is the shape of the Press On Nails nails you’re about to apply, whether it’s a coffin, square, or diamond. With a bit of buffing and filing from your other tools, they’ll be looking sharp in no time at all!


A couple of tips? Don’t go too short, as your Press On nails will need at least mid-length to stick. On the subject of extra room, you should also gently push back your cuticles to allow for additional space.

Step 4: Put on your glue and fake nails

Step 4: Apply Glue and Your Favorite Press On Nails


The header says it all! Take your nail glue and apply a tiny amount to your natural nail in a spiraling motion. This technique helps to cover all spaces and leave no inch of your nail without coverage. Afterward, take your first Press On Nailsnail and gently press it on top of the glue, holding it for 5-10 seconds.


If there is any extra glue around your nail after you’ve applied your press-on, gently remove it with a cotton swab. You can then repeat on the rest of your fingers!

Step 5: Enjoy your new nails!

Step 5: Enjoy Your New Press On Nails!


Voila! You’ve created a fresh, flawless set of nails that only took a few tools and less than 20 minutes to apply. You may have found your beauty soulmate with the Queen of Hearts or Luna set, but paint lab also has other styles that are right at your fingertips. Literally. Will you try Green Apple next time? We can’t wait to see it!

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