Can You Use Nail Glue On Press-On Nails?

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Press-on nails were once considered tacky. But they are definitely back! A lot of celebrities and beauty gurus love them because of how their eas of use. By just putting them over your nails, you can easily amp up your style without going to the salon. 

Press-on nails usually come in kits that include everything that you need to apply them.. Most of them contain the press-ons and double-sided tapes. 

But is there another way to attach them? Can you use nail glue on press-on nails?

The answer is yes, you can certainly use nail glue on press-on nails. In fact, some brands come with nail glue. 

There are various pros and cons to using nail glue on press-on nails. Let’s discuss those below so you can decide what’s best for you. 


Double-Sided Tapes And Press-On Nails

Double Sided Tape for Press-On Nails

When you purchase press-on nails, they typically either come with double-sided tape or nail glue. The tape is already pre-cut and comes in a gel-like consistency.

It’s super easy to use, and you don’t need to worry about how much you should apply. 

All you have to do is to attach them to your prepped nails. Then remove the protective plastic to expose the other sticky part and attach your press-on nail to the natural nail.

Double Sided Tape for Press-On Nails

The double-sided tapes that are included in the kit are perhaps the main reason people love press-ons. the process is just so simple and hard to mess up.

Plus, with the double-sided tapes, it would be easier to remove the press on nails without worrying about damaging the nails. This makes the press-on nails easy to remove and easy to replace. 

Some beauty gurus or those who take videos of themselves use it just to make their hands more presentable for a short time. If you don’t want to commit to artificial nails for a long period, double-sided tapes are your best choice. 

If you don’t want to commit to artificial nails for a long period, double-sided tapes are your best choice. 

Can You Use Nail Glue On Press-On Nails?

Glamnetic Glue-On Press-On Nails

You can definitely use nail glue with press on nails.

Although most press-on nails today come with double-sided tapes, there are still some brands that come nail glue. The Glamnetic package shown above uses nail glue instead of double-sided tape.

Here’s how to apply them:

Glamnetic Glue-On Press-On Nails

Nail glue is absolutely safe to use on press-on nails, and if you like to work with glue, go for it!

Nail glue is absolutely safe to use on press-on nails, and if you like to work with glue, go for it!

Using  nail glue  instead of double-sided tape could be beneficial to you if you want the press on nails to last longer.

As compared to double-sided tapes that could only last for about a day or two, using nail glue makes it last for up to 10 days.

Nail glue sticks better and lasts longer as compared to double-sided tape.

However, there can be negatives to using glue. 

The Downsides of Nail Glue

Glue is stronger than tape, and that means glued nails will be harder to remove than taped nails. Nail glue is durable and it sticks. Be prepared to commit to that certain set of nails for about a week before you could change it.

Nail glue is made of various artificial chemicals. Some of them can be damaging to the natural nails. They could weaken the nails and make them more brittle. 

Another way in which using nail glue could damage the natural nails is if you try to forcefully remove the press on the nail. If you try to pry them off, the top layer of your nails could come off due to the bond. 

It is possible for the press on nails to be damaged after it has been used with nail glue. Removing your press-on nails with nail glue will require soaking them in an acetone-based solution to weaken the bond. 

That could ruin the press-on nails so you won’t be able to reuse them.

With  double-sided tapes , you can loosen the bond by soaking your hands in soapy water. 

Once the press-on nails are removed, you can also remove the double-sided tape, dry the press-on nails, and reuse them. 

How you apply your press-on nails will depend on your goal.

If you only want to wear the press-on nails for hours or days, a double-sided tape will work best.

However, if you want your manicure to last for a week or more, it is best to use nail glue. 

Reminders When Using Nail Glue For Press-On Nails

If you decide to use nail glue to attach the press on nails, remember that you don’t need a lot! Just place a small amount in the middle of your nail and place the press-on nail so that the nail glue spreads. 

You want enough nail glue to spread mostly throughout the nail, but not too much that it overfills the sides or your cuticle as well.

You want to make sure that the press-on nail is attached to your nail only and not your cuticle too.

Make sure you give the nail glue ample time to completely dry up before you wash your hands. Although you just need to press and hold the artificial nail over your natural nail for 10 seconds for it to stick, that doesn’t mean that it is completely dry at that point.

Most will advise waiting for about an hour before washing your hands and nails. This will help make sure that the nail glue is dry. It will also prevent moisture from getting stuck in between your natural nails and press-on nails. 

That’s a recipe for fingernail fungus!

Also, make sure that you are using nail glue and not just any other superglue. Nail glue is formulated for use in close contact with the body. Although it seems similar to super glue, it is still different because it was tested for safety.


If you want quick convenience, go with sticky tape press-on nails. If you don’t mind a little work, but want a lasting manicure, go with nail glue.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).