Manicure Mastery: Pro Tips for a Long-Lasting Nail Makeover

Are you tired of spending time and money at the salon, only to have your manicure chip and fade within a matter of days? Say goodbye to the struggle of maintaining a long-lasting manicure, because we have the perfect solution for you. At Bella Luna Nails, we believe that everyone deserves salon-quality nails without the hassle. That means we don’t want you to have to go to a salon if you rather skip the trip. Our custom luxury press-on nails are the secret to achieving a manicure that lasts, so you can enjoy beautiful nails from the comfort of your own home.

The Importance of Nail Preparation

Before applying your press-on nails, it's crucial to properly prepare your natural nails. This step is often overlooked, but it plays a significant role in the longevity of your manicure. 

I suggest you follow the same steps you would do to prepare your nails for soft gel polish. To do this, use a file to gently buff away the shine from your nail and clean off the excess dust with 91% alcohol. Having rough instead of smooth nails will give the glue something to “grab” on to.

Here are some tips, in order, to ensure your nails are ready:

  • Always start with clean nails. Remove any old polish and residue using acetone-free nail polish remover.
  • Shape your nails using a nail file to achieve your desired length and shape. When wearing luxury press-on nails, it’s best to keep your nails as short as possible. When filing, make sure to gently file in one direction to prevent splitting and damage.
  • Push back your cuticles using a cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick (if you have a Bella Luna Nails press-on set, this was included in your prep kit). This will create a clean canvas for your press-on nails to adhere to.
  • Buff your nails lightly with a buffer block to create a slightly rough surface. This will help the press-on nails adhere better and last longer.

Choosing the Right Size and Style

At Bella Luna Nails, we offer a wide range of custom press-on nail sets that are completely customizable to suit your individual style. We know how important it is for your nails to suit your lifestyle and we also know sometimes your preferences change, we’ll be here for all seasons of your life. Whether you want long nails with art and rhinestones on every finger or something short and understated for work, we have you covered. The great thing about luxury press-on nails, especially those made with premium soft gel products, is that you’re able to reuse them multiple times!

When choosing the right size and style for your manicure, keep these tips in mind:

  • Measure your nails carefully to ensure a perfect fit. Our press-on nails come in various shapes and sizes, so it's essential to find the size that matches each of your natural nails. The only way to ensure your nails fit perfectly is to purchase a sizing kit (there are other free methods but these don’t guarantee a good fit).
  • Consider your lifestyle and personal preferences when selecting a style. Are you looking for a classic, elegant look? Or do you prefer bold and colorful designs? Whatever your style, we have a press-on nail set that will suit your taste. Want something custom? Send me a message and let’s talk!
  • Don't be afraid to experiment with different styles and designs. Our press-on nails are easily removable and reusable, so you can switch up your look whenever you like.

Proper Application Technique

Applying press-on nails may seem intimidating at first, but with the right technique, it can be a breeze. And remember, the first time might feel like a disaster but the more you practice, the better, easier, and faster the application becomes.

Your Bella Luna Nails come with detailed application instructions on the card and below you’ll find a condensed version.

Follow these steps for a flawless application:

  1. Clean your nails once again to remove any oils or residue.
  2. Arrange your nails according to your left and right hand and by the finger (i.e. pinky, ring, middle, etc).
  3. Apply a thin layer of nail glue or adhesive tabs to your natural nails. Nail glue provides a stronger bond, while adhesive tabs offer a temporary option that is easy to remove.
  4. Align the press-on nail with your natural nail and press down firmly for a few seconds to ensure a secure bond.
  5. *DISCLAIMER: ideally you’ll have purchased a sizing kit so you don’t have to do this but in case you do, make sure not to skip step 6* File and shape the press-on nails to your desired length and shape. You can also file the cuticle area for a more perfect fit.
  6. Finish off with a top coat to seal the edges and provide extra protection against chipping.

Nail Care Tips for Longevity

Once your press-on nails are applied, it's essential to take proper care of them to ensure they last as long as possible. Here are some tips to maintain a long-lasting manicure:

  • Avoid exposing your nails to excessive water and harsh chemicals. While our press-on nails are durable, prolonged exposure to water can weaken the adhesive and cause the nails to lift.
  • Wear gloves when doing household chores or working with chemicals. This will protect your press-on nails from damage and ensure they stay in place.
  • Avoid using your nails as tools. While our press-on nails are sturdy, they are not indestructible. Using your nails to open cans or scrape off stickers can cause them to break or chip.
  • Moisturize your cuticles regularly to keep them healthy and prevent dryness. Our Argan Cuticle Oil is the perfect companion for your press-on nails, providing deep moisture and strengthening your natural nails.
  • Be mindful of how you use your hands. Avoid picking at or pulling on your press-on nails, as this can cause them to loosen or come off prematurely.

By following these tips and incorporating them into your nail care routine, you can enjoy a long-lasting manicure that looks and feels salon-quality. Our custom luxury press-on nails are designed to provide a flawless finish that lasts, making them the perfect choice for those who want beautiful nails without the need for a salon visit.

Don't just take our word for it - check out what our satisfied customers have to say on Instagram. Join the press-on nail revolution and experience the convenience and luxury of Bella Luna Nails. Get ready to master the art of a long-lasting manicure!