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The 11 Best Press-On Nails That Will Make You Want to Talk With Your Hands

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Once hailed by girls in the early ’00s but quickly forgotten, press-on nails have been cropping up in beauty routines everywhere lately (and TBH, we’re not mad about it). Whether you’re someone who doesn’t want to shell out for pricey salon extensions every few weeks or just can’t motivate yourself to buy a UV nail lamp and do your gel mani at home, press-ons are the next best thing.

In addition to saving you major time and money, press-ons also have a new level of cool that they didn’t a few years ago. From fresh French manicures to bedazzled coffin-style tips, today’s offerings come in a range of elevated shapes and designs you’ll be eager to plop on and take selfies with. Heck, some are so sleek, they may even fool people into thinking they’re your actual claws—so as long as you prep your nails properly, that is.

“Definitely groom and clean your cuticles to ensure a seamless look,” advises Ann McFerran, CEO and co-founder of Glamnetic. “Also, making sure to pick press-on nails that are slightly smaller than your real nails will help with sizing.” Duly noted.

To bring you one step closer to a quick and flawless finish, we sifted through customer reviews to find the 11 best press-on nails ahead. Additionally, we spoke with McFerran to get all her tips on how best to use them.

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1

Best Overall

Glamnetic

Reusable Press-On Nails

2

Best For The Minimalist

Static Nails

Square Pop-On Reusable Manicure Set

3

Best Long Nails

Allkem

Stiletto Press-on Nails

4

Best For Nail Art

Chillhouse

Checked Out Chill Tips

5

Best For No Mess

KISS

imPRESS Color Press-On Manicure

6

Best For Sizing

Olive & June

The Instant Mani Press-On Nails

7

Best For Selfies

Quickies

Such A Gem Press-On Nail Set

8

Best For A Budget

Lottie London

Abstract Swirl Press-On Nails

9

Best For Damaged Nails

Dashing Diva

Magic Press-On Nails

10

Best For Events

Clutch Nails

Press-On Nails

11

Best For Fancy Nails

Tip Beauty

Press-On Nails

What is the best way to apply press-ons?

“The best way to apply press-on nails starts with prepping your nails,” says McFerran. “Push down on your cuticles and clean your natural nails with the alcohol pad in the kit. Then find press-on nails that fit your nail. Apply glue on both your nail and press and nails and apply.”

What’s the best way to remove press-ons?

“The best way to remove your press-ons would be to soak your hands in warm water with oil and dish soap for 10 minutes,” says McFerran. “Then grab either your cuticle stick or use the edge of a press-on nail to gently pop off your the press-ons on your nails. Never force the nails to pop off because that can result in damage. If a press-on nail is being stubborn, soak for five more minutes before trying again.”

How can people avoid damaging their natural nails when applying press-ons?

“Making sure to follow the removal steps can help people avoid damage to your real nails,” says McFerran. “Also following up with cuticle oil and lotion to keep your hands hydrate will also help.”

Meet the Expert

Ann McFerran is the CEO & co-founder of Glamnetic.

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