How to Put an Acrylic Nail Back on Without Super Glue

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Acrylic nails, oftentimes, must be applied using a fingernail glue, which is effectively the same as regular cyanoacrylate or super glue. However, plenty of products exist that allow you to simply peel and stick, eliminating a potential mess and facilitating easier removal.

Step 1

Select the size of nail you want. Acrylic nails come in different lengths and widths to fit a variety of fingers.

Step 2

File your natural nails so they are fingertip length or shorter.

Step 3

Clean your fingernails with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball, or the alcohol pad supplied with the kit, if present. If you have any previous nail polish, remove this with acetone or nail-polish remover.

Step 4

Flip over the first acrylic nail you wish to apply. Carefully remove the adhesive backing with a pair of tweezers.

Step 5

Center the nail on your natural one. Press and hold firmly for at least 15 seconds, ensuring a tight bond.

Step 6

File the acrylic nails as desired.