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10 Instagram Accounts for Press-On Nail Inspiration

The manicure of your dreams is just a “swipe up” away.

By: Jacquelyn Greenfield

As stay-at-home orders begin to lift across the country, we’ll admit that were still a bit wary of heading back to our favorite bars, restaurants, and especially salons. While we definitely miss them, we’ve gotten pretty crafty at maintaining our beauty routines from home, if we do say so ourselves. But for as many of us who have perfected the self-manicure, there are still plenty of us who seriously miss our acrylics. The solution? Press-on nails.

Now, we’re not brand-new to press-ons, a trend that has revived the 90s staple and has become more advanced than ever in terms of formulation and design. But as summer approaches, we want something a bit more exciting than the ordinary French tips from the local drugstore. Ahead, 10 Instagram accounts that offer some of the coolest press-on designs we’ve ever seen. Everything from shortcut pastels to dramatic neon lengths, we’ve got you covered. Your new summer claws await.

 

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Not that we need a reason for tie-dye anything, but we’re head over heels for these tie-dye press-ons! Based in Chicago, Spifster Sutton uses colorful and abstract patterns on perfectly symmetric almond-shaped nails—which is very hard to do. These nails will be the perfect mani for our summer activities.

 

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Based in the UK, NailedIt! is run by Chelsey herself and herself alone. Ranging in different sizes and shapes, Chelseys designs range from not-so-basic basic press-ons to intricate hand-painted nails. Plus, how could you not love these juicy 3-D fruits?

 

If you’re anything like us and swoon over coffin-shaped ombre nails, then The Nailest is your place to go. Their recent collab with Jackie Aina is the perfect amount of glam for your nails. Along with these precisely shaped press-ons, the subtle nude tones offer a fabulous twist on the classic French mani. 

 

 

And speaking of a classic French, these pink-and-whites are to die for. With ’90s nostalgia here to stay, we can think of no better way to channel those vibes than with this set. Every single one is hand-painted and custom-made to order, so you know your tips will be one of a kind.

 

Because your toes need some love, too! Based in Atlanta, the Sassy Nails Studio creates complete custom manicure and pedicure press-ons that you can reuse over and over again. This electric yellow is perfect for summer days spent (hopefully) by the pool.

 

Diamonds are your (and your nails) best friend. Queen Custom Claws is the place to go for all your embellished nail needs. They have everything from crystals to chains and pearls—you just name your sparkly must-haves. Beware, your nails might have more jewels than you...

 

It’s time to get ready for Hot Girl Summer round two! These flame French tips are coming back again in a special collab with Shrine. Alice Mc Nails is a one-stop shop for pastel-colored press-ons and trendy designs.

 

If you wanted to try your hand—or rather, your nails—at a clear set, these press-ons are a great place to start . Nail Mail XO can hand-paint anything your heart desires, from designer logos to your favorite cartoon characters.

 

If you’ve ever wanted to have a literal masterpiece on the tips of your fingers, this set is for you. Nailz by Dev does the most intricate hand-painting we’ve ever seen on a set of nails. The attention to detail will blow your mind. Don’t believe us? Just check out this set.

 

Our heads are in the clouds daydreaming of these press-ons. This pink jelly-like manicure is perfect for summer—just grab a popsicle (or even better, a jello shot). These press-ons are also reusable, so you can shape them differently each time for a unique look.

 

Top photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@naileditbychelsey

 

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