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Are press-on nails just a trend that should be limited to the amateurs among us who aren’t so steady with a nail polish brush? Not necessarily.
Press-on nails are definitely “in” and are more than just a fad within the nail art community with many designers using the trend on models for runway shows and photo shoots. They’re quick, easy-to-use, and barely do any damage to one’s existing nail.
Overall, press-on nails are a great alternative for the woman who needs a manicure on the go or someone who simply wants to experiment with new nail trends and colors but doesn’t want to go to the salon or break the bank doing so. They’re also great for the longtime DIY manicure enthusiast who may be tired of jagged-lined, blemished, and rushed manicures done the day of (or minutes before) a big event. With press-ons, you don’t have to worry the hassle of glue, polish dry time, or chipping. If applied correctly, no one will even be able to notice that you’re wearing false nails.
Here’s a quick mini tutorial using imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails to show you how easy they are to use. Impress Nails come with salon-quality gel-shine, are water-proof, don’t chip, and can last up to 7 days with proper care and handling. Their newly launched Accent collection comes with 24 color nails and 6 accent nails with each design. You can experiment with a unique “statement” by choosing the location of the “accent” nail.
Here’s how to use them:
1. Take the nails out of the packaging. Select the correct size press-on to fit your nail. (Tip: For an easier application, lay out the nails in the order you’ll place them on your fingers. This will help so that you don’t get confused later on.)
2. Wash your hands with soap and water to wash off any excess oil that may be on your skin. Use the prep pad that is included to carefully wipe each nail. (Don’t skip this step! The press-on won’t stick to your nail properly if you don’t clean the nail beforehand.)
3. Apply the nail. Gently peel off the plastic backing. Line up the press-on nail with your nail. Press and hold for at least 20-30 seconds. Continue this process for the rest of your fingernails. (Tip: Do your thumbs last. Doing so makes it easier to apply the other nails during the application process.)
4. Use the nail file to file down the nail tips and make sure there is a smooth finish. You can also use the nail file to shape the nails if desired.
5. Pack up the unused nails and store them. We’d recommend keeping these spare nails handy in case a press-on falls off during the day and you need to quickly replace it.
6. To remove, gently peel from the sides of each nail and lift up slowly.
I’ve used imPress Manicure nails a few times before and love how easy they are to apply and wear. For the most part, I was able to get a week’s wear out of each package, but had to do the occasional replacement of my thumb and pointer nails, as I tend to do a lot of pulling and prodding with those fingers. The nails are durable, realistic-looking, and have saved me many times when I needed to jet off to a last minute after work event and had no time (or desire) to try manicuring myself.
Impress Manicure Press-on Nails can found in your local Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid, Kmart and Walmart.
Check out of some designs from their newly launched Accent Manicure collection by scrolling through the next few pages: