DIY Press On Nails

If you know me, you know I love to have my nails done. But going to the nail salon every few weeks can be pricey. In order to save some money, I tried out press on nails and fell in love.

What I wasn’t loving was the plain Jane designs most press ons have. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and paint them myself. I started off making a set just for the Halloween season. It’s actually pretty fun to do, so check out how I created these slimey bad boys below!

DIY Slime Halloween Press On Nails

What you’ll need:

  • Set of plain press on nails
  • Nail polish of your choice
  • Nail glue
  • Nail file
  • Orange wood stick
  • Poster putty
  • Toothpicks

Step One: Choose which size press on fits each of your natural nails best. (Tip: keep them in order once you find your sizes, especially if your design incorporates different things on specific nails)

Step Two: Using putty, attach each nail to the end of a toothpick. Simply roll up a small piece of the putty, then secure it to the end of the toothpick. Your nail should firmly stick to it, but not so much that it won’t come off when you need it to later.

DIY Press On Nails
DIY Press On Nails

Step Three: Once your press on nails are secured to the toothpicks you are ready to paint your design! Just place a finger on the toothpick attached to the nail you’re painting to hold it still. I used the polish’s brush for my base, then a teeny-tiny paint brush for the ooey gooey slime. (Tip: paint two coats of polish for your base color, let these coats dry completely before going in with any designs!)

DIY Paint Your Own Press On Nails
DIY Paint Your Own Press On Nails

Step Four: Let your nails dry! Letting them dry completely is very important. If your design is very thick (like the slime on my nails), I recommend letting them dry overnight.

Step Five: Push your cuticles back with an orange wood stick, and gently file the surface of your natural nails. Doing this is key in making your press ons last!

Step Six: It’s finally time to apply your nails! Apply one nail at a time, since nail glue dries quite quickly. Cover the surface of one natural nail with a thin layer of glue, then line up the back of the press on nail with your cuticle and press it onto your natural nail. Press on the nail until you feel it is secure, then continue to the next nail. Repeat until all ten press on nails are glued on! (Tip: be sure to wait at least an hour after applying your nails to get your hands wet!)

Step Seven: Rock those claws! 💅🏻

DIY Paint Your Own Press On Nails

Whether you’re dressing up for a Halloween party, a special occasion, or just want to wear some nails for fun, I recommend trying out customizing your own press ons. They’re a budget friendly way to have nice nails and they were fun to make!

If you decide to make your own nails, I would love to see them! Feel free to DM me on Instagram some pictures of what you create.

DIY Paint Your Own Press On Nails Slime Nails Glowing Blacklight

Why you should be Livin’ Lively, too

If you follow me on Instagram, you should know I’m a big fan of Lively, a lingerie company specializing in what they call “Leisurée,” or “athleisure for lingerie” according to Stylecaster.

Lively black mesh lace bralette and panties

The company has over 60 years of experience in manufacturing lingerie, and they source the highest quality materials they can find for their brand. Lively also owns their own factory, meaning they have control over every detail throughout the production process.

girl wearing Lively mesh lace bralette with blue jean jacket

Lively, however, is not only about the products they sell. According to their website:

“it is about a mindset we want to share with women around the world. One that reminds, empowers, and enables us all to live life doing what we love, with the people we love!”

Cool, right? A brand that’s all for empowering women! Lively is also quite inclusive in comparison to some lingerie brands. With a wide array of sizing options and several shades of nudes, there’s something for nearly everyone!

Not only that, but this brand produces some of the comfiest bras, panties, swimwear, and loungewear I’ve ever owned! Seriously, I threw out all of my Victoria’s Secret bras as soon as I discovered Lively.

Not completely sold on the comfort level of Lively’s products? Take my word for it – I suffer from chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, and normally, bras and I don’t get along. They sit on some typically tender spots for me and there’s usually no way I can get through a full day of bra-wearing. Lively’s bralettes have been a game changer, though. I’ve even forgotten I had one on at times, which used to never be a thing!

Lively also offers accessories and apparel like totes and tees! They even have their own signature scent, “Jasmine. Sea. Sun.,” you can buy in your choice of candle or perfume.

The quality and comfort of Lively can’t be beat, and the prices are pretty good as well. They also offer a rewards program, making it easy to earn discounts on future purchases. You get free shipping with every order over $40 and if you don’t care for what you bought, or it does not fit, Lively offers free returns.

Lastly, I would just like to point out that I am not getting paid to write this post – I am just passionate about comfortable undergarments, tbh. So if you haven’t yet, do yourself a favor and try out Lively!

Use promo code AMB-KAT.RIST2 for $$ off your Lively purchase!