If your formative beauty experiences were anything like ours, then press-on nails (or stick-on nails) are products you’ve probably consigned to your teenage, or even pre-teen, days. They were fun, easy to use but perhaps not the most sophisticated, meaning we’ve since graduated on to other manicure options. Recently, however, press-ons have had a surprise renaissance and are back with a mega bang.
Nickie Rhodes-Hill, a session manicurist and celebrity nail technician, says that the key lies in matching the shape of the false nail to the natural nail. ‘Hold each press-on nail to your natural nail and look left, right, up and down: if you see any of your natural nail, it is too small,’ she says. ‘When applying, dehydrate the surface of the natural nail with an acetone-based product and then apply the adhesive tabs. Elegant Touch do press-on adhesive tabs (£2.65, www.feelunique.com) which can be removed easily if you want a more temporary look.’
When you wish to remove the nails, it’s important to protect the natural nail by taking them off carefully (read: no picking). ‘When removing press on nails, gently apply cuticle oil so that it seeps under the press on nail to the tab,’ Nickie recommends. ‘Next, put your hands in a bowl of warm water and gently rock the press ons left to right and up and down: they should release easily.’
Now take a look at some of our favourite stick-on nails...
Now take a look at some of our favourite stick-on nails
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