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The 5 Best Nail Glues for a Long-Lasting At-Home Manicure

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Achieving a salon-quality manicure from the comfort of your home is more achievable than ever. The buzziest nail companies in the beauty business have continued to embrace the at-home manicure, unveiling beauty editor-approved products that will make your next manicure a breeze. In case you're new to the art of a DIY manicure, or your current product rotation is in need of a refresh, some nail experts are here to help, offering their pick for a most important product — the best nail glue.

Nail glue is a must-have in ensuring the longevity of your press-on manicure. "Nail glue is absolutely safe to use and it's an essential part of a good and strong nail enhancement or if a quick fix is needed before you can get into the salon," Anastasia Totty, LeChat Nails educator tells InStyle.

In order to ensure the longevity of your nail glue, Brittney Boyce, celebrity manicurist and founder of NAILSOFLA, suggested taking the time for prepping the nail area. "Wash your hands, dry them, and use a cotton pad or cotton ball soaked in acetone or rubbing alcohol to remove any excess nail oil. This way, the nail glue sticks to your nail bed. This helps prevent your press-ons from lifting and popping off," she said. 

Totty advised against using too much glue, saying, "Apply a drop to the center of the free edge of your nail, a drop into the well of the tip and line them up perfectly. Press firmly for a few seconds to push out any air bubbles and secure it in place. If you use it to stick press-ons, I would put a drop onto the free edge of the natural nail and a little into the middle of the press-on nail. That way when you press it onto the nail the cuticle area will remain clean, and it will be easier to remove once you are done."

Nail glue is expert-approved for use, but Boyce said damage to the nail area is possible upon removal. To prevent potential removal mishaps, the manicurist suggested soaking the nails in warm, soapy water first. From there, she said to apply olive or coconut oil to the nail to loosen, and then gently move the nail from side to side. By following these steps, "you won't have to worry about nail glue damaging your nails," she said.

Ready to try and apply press-on nails for yourself? Scroll on for some of the best nail glue options available at Amazon and Ulta.

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KDS Nail Glue

Nearly 20,000 Amazon shoppers have awarded a five-star rating to this affordable nail glue. According to multiple reviewers, the glue is a particularly strong option for acrylic nails. "This is by far the best nail glue I've ever tried," wrote one reviewer, who shared that their nails were still in place five days after applying.

Shop now: $7; amazon.com

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Cala Super Nail Glue

Totty personally suggested this best-selling Amazon option. Only a single drop of glue is required to apply each nail. One shopper said the product had an "industrial strength" hold, while another pledged to "never buy any other nail glue." They continued, writing, "This stuff is strong. I've had my press-on nails lasting two weeks.

Shop now: $6; amazon.com

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NKY1 Nail Glue

This quick-drying nail glue has more than 20,000 five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers, including multiple reviewers who were able to wear press-ons for three weeks. "This glue combined with high quality press ons equal a salon quality set of nails that will last," another reviewer wrote.

Shop now: $13 (Originally $18); amazon.com

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Young Nails Brush-On Glue

"Best nail glue ever," wrote an Amazon reviewer, who added, "I use press-on nails and this glue is my holy grail now. My nails stayed on for three weeks." The glue should dry within seconds and an accompanying brush makes for an easy, mess-free application process. 

Shop now: $13; amazon.com

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Static Nails Non-Damaging Brush-On Nail Glue

Called "miraculous stuff" by one Ulta reviewer, this brush-on nail glue promises a long-lasting manicure without leftover residue. The formula gradually dissolves over time, promising that wearers can get at least 18 days out of their press-on nails. Once applied, the glue dries in seconds. 

Shop now: $8; ulta.com