How to Easily Remove Your Press-on Nails

Press on Nails removal dos and donts inforgraph

Why is it important to remove press on nails properly?

Press on nails have become a popular trend in the world of nail art. They offer a quick and easy way to achieve beautiful, salon-quality nails without the need for a professional manicurist. However, when it comes time to remove them, it's important to do so properly to avoid damaging your natural nails.

What are the risks of improper removal?

If press on nails are not removed correctly, it can lead to damage to the nail bed and cuticles. This can result in weak, brittle nails that are prone to breakage and infection. Additionally, forcefully removing press on nails can cause pain and discomfort.

Do's and Don'ts for press on artificial nail tips removal

How to remove press on nails with warm (soapy) water and nail tools

Follow these steps to safely remove your press on nails:

Step 1: Prepare your materials

Gather the following materials:

  • A bowl of warm, soapy water
  • A cuticle pusher or orangewood stick
  • A nail file or buffer
  • A nail clipper (if necessary)

Step 2: Soak your nails

Place your hands in the bowl of warm, soapy water and let them soak for 10-15 minutes. The warm water will help to soften the adhesive on the press on nails, making them easier to remove.

Step 3: Gently push back the cuticles

After soaking, use a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick to gently push under the faux nails, running along the sides between your real nails and the press ons.  This will help to loosen the press on nails and make them easier to lift off.

Step 4: Remove the press on nails

Starting at one corner of the press on nail, gently lift it up using the cuticle pusher or orangewood stick. Slowly work your way across the nail, lifting it up until it is completely removed. If the press on nail does not come off easily, do not force it. Instead, soak your nails for a few more minutes and try again.

Step 5: File and shape your natural nails

Once all of the press on nails have been removed, use a nail file or buffer to remove any excess nail glue from your natural nails. Be gentle and avoid filing too aggressively, as this can weaken the nails. If you used nail stickers, you can skip this step.

Step 6: Moisturize your nails and cuticles

Finish by applying a moisturizing nail and cuticle oil to nourish and hydrate your nails. This will help to restore moisture and prevent dryness and brittleness.


By following these steps, you can safely remove your press on nails without causing damage to your natural nails. Remember to be patient and gentle throughout the process, and always prioritize the health and well-being of your nails.