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DIY Press-On Nails

Are you feeling extra inspired today, or are you thinking about preparing for busy months ahead? If yes, press-on nails are perfect for you!

What are Press-on Nails?

"Press-on nails" are faux glue-on nails made of acrylic resin or plastic that you may prepare ahead of time and apply at any time. This is like an updated sturdier version of the fake nails that were popularized in the late 90s, but with just the same amount of fun! However, now we've got more skills to boot! 

You could make as much as you like for every season, and even profit from them! Most press-on nails could go from $30-$80.

How Long Do They Last?

As long as you want! Your body will constantly renew your cells and grow your nails. However, if you remove them properly after your nails grow (around two weeks), you could re-use them. 

How to Re-use Them: All you'd need is cuticle oil and nail polish remover. However, the nail polish remover may also remove the press-on nail acrylic itself. So be extra careful with removal. You could take a pointy cotton bud (Q-Tip) and soak it in acetone. Afterward, take the cotton but and carefully remove the press-on tip from the corner by the free edge. However, you have to be very patient with this method. Never pull them off. Yanking them may cause cracking and chipping as you may pull parts of your nails with it!


✓ Aesthetic
✓ Healthy
✓ Easy-application

What You'll Need:

What are you waiting for? Grab colors that inspire you and let's get our nails on (literally)!

How to Prepare Press-On Nails.

1. Size Matters.

Size your pro gel tips per finger. As mentioned in our article How to use Pro Gel System - Press, Cure, and Polish!, each clear nail should fit without force just inside your cuticles.

2. Keep Them Steady.

Place your tips on a stand or safe balanced place. Let your stand be your easel! 

3. Artistry.

Let your imagination roam! Apply your chosen design with gel or powder. Feeling diverse or looking to glow up? Try our Mood Gel Colors or LB Glow in the Dark Gel. 

Curing Time: LED (30 seconds), UV/LED (60-90 seconds), UV (2 minutes) depending on lamp wattage.

4. Top it off with Top coat!

Apply your top coat of choice. If you've yet decided between our different top coats, we've attached a summary below.

    • Original Gel Top Coat - This needs to be cured, then wiped with alcohol after its final curing.

    • No Cleanse Gel Top Coat -This needs to be cured, but no wiping (cleansing) is necessary.

    • iGel Matte Top Coat - This needs to be cured, and does not require cleansing. However, we do recommend using the No Cleanse Top Coat before the Matte.

Curing Time: LED (30 seconds), UV/LED (60-90 seconds), UV (2 minutes) depending on lamp wattage.

5. Fate of your Nails.

Set them aside and wait until your ready to use, sell, or gift them.

How to Apply Prepared Press-on Nails.

1. Prep Your Nails

Haven't prepped yet? No worries! We got the article just for you: How to Prep your Nails Like a Pro

Pro Tip! Apply a layer of polish under your press-on nails for protection. It would also help when you start removing the nails for re-use!

2. Pro Gel Perfection!

Use your Pro Gel Base or Pro Gel Base Pen to attach your 

(Article: How to use Pro Gel System - Press, Cure, and Polish!)

Pro Tip! If your press-on needs that extra shine and protection, we highly recommend adding Top Coat. Especially if none has been added yet!

Are they safe

Yes, again! Press-on nails are absolutely safe if applied and removed correctly. We love a good soak-off. However, if you are looking to re-use them, we recommend the cotton-bud-at-crease method as mentioned above.


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