Press-on nails are making a major comeback and I am living for it.

All manicure lovers know how challenging it has been to get their nails done due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Not only were beauty spaces closed during lockdown but even once they re-opened the mere idea of going and potentially catching Covid-19 felt like too much of a risk for some.

This left those that enjoy getting their nails done in a bit of a pickle as there was no way of getting them done and this has led to the return of press-on nails.

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For those that do not know, press-on nails are basically artificial nails that you can glue onto your own nail.

When people think about press-on nails they probably think short, red or French tip manicured nails but that is no longer the case.

They come in a variety of colours, shapes, lengths and different designs now which allows you to switch up your look as frequently as you want

They are usually reasonably priced and really easy to put on. YouTubers like Jackie Aina and Kristina Kouture Nails have embraced the press-on nails trend.

 

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Aina who revealed she has been a big fan of press-on nails even before Covid-19 has a video detailing how she puts them on and information about where she gets them.

Her taste is a little pricey though as she admitted she has spent around $75 (R1115) on a set of nails. Aina also revealed that her favourite place to get her press-ons is Etsy, but a simple Google search will reveal that there are plenty of places to get them.

The downside of this trend is that unlike an acrylic or gel nails, press-ons might lift or pop off sooner than expected. The upside though, is that you can just stick them back on or soak them in acetone and put on a new set. They are convenient and that is probably why more and more people are opting for them as an option.

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Here are some trendy press-on nail designs to prove that press-ons are fun.

Marble nails

We have all seen marble nail designs on Pinterest and Instagram, this trend is clearly here to stay.

 

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Almond shaped nails

This cute shape has been predicted to be the most popular of 2021.

 

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Sparkles

Nails with a little (or a lot) of sparkles are definitely a good way to add some shine in your life.

 

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Animal print nails

Animal print nails have grown in popularity with people shifting from the usual leopard print and embracing the cow print a bit more.

 

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Crayon box nails

These nails are perfect for when you can’t stick to one colour.

 

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