13 Shockingly Pretty Press-On Nail Kits and Nail Stickers To Try At Home Now
One of the first things almost every young girl starts experimenting with in the realm of at-home beauty is usually not coloring your hair from a box or waxing your brows—hopefully, anyways—but something way more harmless yet somehow just as difficult: painting your own nails. We grab one of our mother’s classic red bottles of polish and go to town. And boy, do we go to town. Before long, it’s looking like a papercut gone wrong and we’re left asking our mama where the acetone is, tail between our legs.
The point is, painting your own nails at home is no fun and doesn’t really get that much easier as we get older. (Unless you’re ambidextrous, of course. In that case, color us jealous.) That’s why when faced with a long period of time without being able to go to the nail salon, we start to get crafty. Remember those plasticky fake nails from the drugstore that Mama always hated? Well they’ve undergone quite the renaissance in the past decade. Now there are trendy press-on nail kits made to mimic the appearance of your beloved gel manicure and flexible nail polish strips made to look and feel just like the real thing. And the best part? You can have a full manicure done in just minutes without any down time wasted waiting for polish to dry.
So put down the polish and snag one of these natural-looking nail kits instead. Bare nails, be gone!Here are 13 of the best press-on nail kits, strips, and stickers to try if you’re hopeless at at-home manicures.
Kiss Nude Ready-to-Wear Gel Nails
A pink-nude manicure never goes out of style. If you're a Ballet Slippers kind of girl, you'll find these ready-to-wear gel-like nails give you that same polished look in seconds.
Buy It: $7.99; ulta.com
Rebecca Minkoff x imPRESS Press-on Manicure in Sunset Beach
Static Nails Reusable Pop-On Manicure Kit in Tortoiseshell
We've all seen the tortoiseshell nails trending across Instagram for months now and merely resigned ourselves to the fact that it just wasn't in our wheelhouse, no matter how chic. Well now it's very much an option with these reusable nails that you can pop on and off for a few days here and there.
Buy It: $16; urbanoutfitters.com
Scratch Florista Nail Wraps
If you want something a little more flexible than press-on nails, try your hand at polish strips or nail wraps. These are made with real nail polish, which means they wear and remove like it, too. Easy-peasy. Say hello to your sweetest manicure yet—no polish smudges and smears necessary.
Buy It: $10; ulta.com
Rebecca Minkoff x imPRESS Press-on Manicure in Blue Haze
Vika Nailjam Gel Nail Strips in White Ombré
To say the least, we were more than impressed to see the reviews on these best-selling Etsy nail polish strips. Once applied, your manicure looks straight out of the salon. It's the perfect excuse to try new takes on your classic color, like this ombré version á la Funny Bunny.
Buy It: $6; etsy.com
Static Nails Reusable Pop-On Manicure Kit in French Wine
Maybe a rosy burnt pink to tickle the "add to cart" click? We love Static's pop-on manicures for their sheer versatility. You can remove, reapply, paint, and even reshape these warm berry nails for full customization. Plus, pick from different nail shapes, ranging from round to square to coffin.
Buy It: $14; staticnails.com
Olive & June Nail Art Stickers in Everyday Bouquet
The thing is, even if you're not too shabby at doing your own at-home manicures, they never look quite as good as from the salon, right? Make your so-so DIY manicure feel way cooler with these nail stickers from Olive & June. Simply accent a couple nails on each hand and then follow up with another layer of top coat to seal them down.
Buy It: $7.50; oliveandjune.com
Rebecca Minkoff x imPRESS Press-on Manicure in Ibiza Nights
Vika Nailjam Gel Nail Strips in Coral Ombré
Another of the best-selling Etsy nail polish strips, these ombré coral nails will rake in all the compliments. They mimic the professional look and shine of a gel manicure, which is what we strive for (and fail at) when doing our own nails at home.
Buy It: $6; etsy.com
Scratch Geometric Nail Wraps
You can wear this transparent set of flexible nail wraps as just one accent nail, on their own, or over your favorite polish. It features a pretty mix of pastels and subtle metallic details that will make your nails look cooler than ever.
Buy It: $10; ulta.com