Give your natural nails a break, without breaking them.

By Omenaa Boakye
Feb 02, 2021 @ 5:51 pm
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A few years ago, a colleague of mine introduced me to press-on nails.

I remember admiring her manicured hands, assuming she had been to the nail salon. When she told me her French-tips were actually press-ons, I screeched, "Really?" I was in shock, mainly because they looked professionally done.

Before that moment, I used to think press-on nails were brittle pieces of off-white plastic with an undesirable roundish tip, but clearly, they've evolved.

Today, these pre-manicured nails come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found in stylish, cutting-edge designs, including gorgeous metallic finishes, holiday themes, and embellished patterns.

"Press-on nails help you to achieve a DIY manicure in minutes and prevent your natural nails from breaking," says Julie Kandalec, celebrity manicurist, and author of the Nail Art Design Book.

Another plus is that most press-ons come with an adhesive backing or sticky tabs, that press directly on your nail, which means no glue, no drying time, and no damage.

The designs can last up to a week, but Kandalec says to make sure the tips stay put, it's important to get the right size. "If you need to apply pressure to make the nails fit, they are more likely to pop off," she says. "Go up a size and file the sides down to fit the sidewalls perfectly."

To remove the nails, gently peel them off or soak them in pure acetone and finish by applying cuticle oil to your natural nails.

Ready to find your next set? Here, we've listed a few of our favorite brands to get you inspired.

Dashing Diva Magic Press

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Achieve a salon standard manicure and a seamless natural finish with these trendy designs. Styles range from high-gloss futuristic gels to Pantone color collections. The nails are vegan, cruelty-free and have a sleek waterproof design for added protection.

To shop: $9; dashingdiva.com

Kiss imPRESS Press-On Manicure

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These durable, chip-resistant nails are available in varied lengths and come in every design you can imagine. Whether you're looking for glitzy tips for a special occasion or a simple solid color for day-to-day, you can always count on finding the latest trends and looks you'll love.

To shop: $6; target.com

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Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails

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Get a long-lasting gel manicure in minutes with this range of perfectly polished nails. The artistic designs stay shiny and bright with an ultra-smooth finish and no chipping.

To shop: $8; walmart.com

Sinful Colors 3D Claws Press-On Nails

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Create pro 2D and 3D manicures with the brand's Claws collection. Designed by leading Japanese nail artist Naomi Yasuda, the press-on nail artistry includes designs in bold camouflage, sweet cherries, and glittery ombre.

To shop: $8; walmart.com

The Nailest Instant Luxury Acrylic Press-On Nails

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These beautiful instant acrylic nails are formulated with top-quality gel for those who like a super shiny gloss or velvet matte finish. Every set includes a full prep kit and 30 luxurious tips that look and feel like acrylic nails from the salon. 

To shop: $21; thenailest.com

Très She Acrylic Press-Ons

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These instant acrylics can be filed or clipped to any length or shape, making them fully customizable. Expect strong, comfortable, long-wearing false nails that feature a natural curve and a seamless cuticle line. Each set comes with 24 multi-sized acrylic nails and an application kit.

To shop: $30; tresshe.com