I. NAIL GLUE OR ADHESIVE TABS ? :
A. Adhesive Tabs/Strips - tabs last between 1 -3 days, usually one day if you are using your hands a lot to get into your purse and things like that. This is not the life of the nail, but how long the tabs are made to stay on. (The life of the nails can last months and months if you care for them properly.)
The benefit to tabs is that they are easy to remove with warm soapy water and this does not damage the nails so that you can wear them again and again. Another benefit to tabs is that they are breathable for your nails.
The disadvantage to tabs is it is easy to bump off your nails if you did not secure them properly, otherwise, they do stay on pretty well.
B. Nail Glue - This is what you use if you want to wear the nails for about 14-30 days straight. The Markartt nail glue is non toxic and won't harm your nails or body.
This option is beneficial for better nail security, but the disadvantage is you have to leave them on unless you want to use nail polish remover to get it off, which will ruin the nails. They do eventually loosen if you leave them on, but the possibility of it falling off and you not noticing is increased because with the tabs you are in the habit of always checking to see if the nails are secure. The glue does works great. They have really improved it over the years.
II. APPLICATION :
Be like that Snail above and Take Your Time. Follow the instructions for the best results.
A. Adhesive Tabs - You will get one sheet of tabs, enough strips for two applications and a few extra for mistakes.
1.) Use an orange stick and push your cuticles back.
2.) Use alcohol to remove any oils from your nails. Be sure to allow 15 seconds or more for alcohol to dry. a. ) If you really want to go an extra step to have them to stick to your nail even better, before you clean them with alcohol, buff your nails with the mini buffer provided with your order. Then, wipe with a cloth to get any dust off. Then use alcohol wipe provided with your order to clean your nails before step 3. Be sure alcohol dries completely. (If you do not the nails to stay on very long skip buffing the nail.)
3.) Next, choose a strip that fits the nail that you are applying it to and press it to that nail with the clear tab stick off the edge of the nail. Press the strip down well and be sure massage it all over for at least 15 seconds. I let the tab rest on my nail for a minute or two and rub it again before removing the clear cover. It is a good idea to apply All the tabs to All the nails and remove their protective clear sheets prior to applying any nails. Be sure to get all the protective cover off the tab, or else your nail will not stick well. (Also, if you are applying the false nails over natural nails that are already long, then you might need two tabs placed next to each other to better hold on the Press-On nail. ) Also, if you have trouble with this method for getting the tabs on your fingernails, then sometimes I just carefully remove the protective sheet before I put the tab on my nail.
4.) Now you apply the false nails, one by one. Once the nail is on and in position, press firmly down on the nail while bracing the top your finger with another finger or solid object. Hold down the Press-On Nail to your braced finger for 20 seconds or more. Then be sure to press thoroughly and all over the nail, not just in the middle Press from the middle outward.. You want to try and get all the air bubbles out and have a s secure fit over the entire nail. Repeat this process for all ten fingers. Then I recommend refraining from activity for 30 minutes to an hour to allow the nails to settle. During that time press on them more periodically. In fact I press on mine periodically the whole time I wear them. It is easy to loose nails that are not properly secure. Sometimes some nails just don't cooperate. If that happens you can replace the tab with a new one. I often carry extra strips with me. You can order them by the box online. I use the Laza brand.
B. Nail Glue -
1.) Push your cuticles back with an orange stick.
2.) File the sides lof your natural nails and cuticle area for an accurate and secure fit with 240 grit nail file.
3.) Buff your nails with the mini buffer provided with your order. Then wipe dust away with a cloth.
4.) Clean your natural nails with alcohol. Let them dry for at least 15 seconds.
5.) Choose the Press-On nail you want to attach and apply the glue to your natural nail. Be generous with the amount of glue. Be sure to cover the entire nail with glue. But don't put so much that it oozes too much over tip of your natural nail, or out the sides of the press on nail. Wipe off any excess.
6.) Attach the Press-On nail to your natural nail starting at the cuticle and press for 5 seconds, and don't leave any air bubbles.
7.) Allow 5 seconds to dry, keep them dry for at least an hour. I recommend no manual use of your hands for an hour.
Tip : Whether you choose tabs or glue, stay mindful that the nails do eventually come off as you wear them, so try and check them to see if they feel loose so you have a better chance to save them so that you can wear them again.
III. REMOVAL :
A. Adhesive Tabs - Soak in warm water for one minute. Then use an orange stick, that was provided with your order, to gently pry off the nail. Then you can put it back in the box and use them again.
B. Nail Glue - THIS WILL MOST LIKELY RUIN YOUR PRESS-ON nails. ONLY USE THIS METHOD IF YOU MUST REMOVE. Soak your nails in fingernail polish remover/acetone until the glue dissolves. You can try wearing them off, and as they loosen, wiggle them gently to see how secure they are. If they still feel firm, leave it alone, but if it starts to feel like it is coming off, you might trying wiggling it enough to get your orange stick in there with some acetone on it to get it off.
Tip : Don't pull the nails off. This will damage your natural nail. Gently wiggle them to test how well them are loosening. Once they get loose enough to get the orange stick under the press on nail near the base of your finger, you can gently coax the nail off by moving it around the nail edges to help it lift off.
Notes : The life of the Press-On nails depends on how rough you are on them, and using tabs versus glue means the life of the nails will be greatly extended..
1.) Take care when doing manual work.
2.) If you are not used to wearing press on nails then the first time you wear them might feel weird, but you adjust pretty quickly. A good tip for those just starting is to is to start with a shorter length of nail and work your way up to longer as you adjust to wearing them.
3.) If your nail hurts you after attaching it, you might have a size that is too big for that finger and it is digging in your cuticle.
4.) Please be aware that some people may have allergies to these application products and should cease to use them if you experience complications. I personally have not met anyone yet that has had a problem but it is good to be aware.
5.) Using lotions and lubricants prior to application of nails will hinder the stickability.