How to Design Your Own Press On Nails | Doing my own nails

Kirsty: Hi, everybody! I’m Kirsty Meakin from Naio Nails. In this video, I’m gonna show you how to make your very own Press-on nails. So, some of you may have seen that my nails do not look amazing at the moment. They look a little bit thrashed. They are a bit thrashed. I’ve just got a little bit of gel polish, got a little bit of a builder, Builder In A Bottle gel on and some gel polish on, they have been filed. Look at that! How I filed my own nail because of doing other people’s nails, and I can’t always wear really long nails, however, when I have events, I love to wear press-on nails. So, I will make my very own and press-on nails. And some people have seen these, sort of on my Instagram and things like that and they’re like, “How do you even do that? We want to know.” So, I’m gonna show you how. So, here, I have some full cover tips, and I’ve given them a bit of a buff, I’m going to base coat them all. I love the fact that I can just put them on a piece of metal, doesn’t matter what it is and I can whack them all in the lamp at the same time. It makes it really easy and super quick. I am just gonna wipe over with Gel Residue Wipe-off Solution just to make sure that they are nice and clean because I’m gonna base coat them. I find this quicker than doing a full set on myself. So, if I’ve got an event that I need to go to and I need to have beautiful nails, this is what I tend to do at the moment, and it is because I can’t wear them all the time really long and it’s also because I don’t always have the time to sit and create something with acrylic, you know, that extension, and also I can take these off and use them again. So, I’m gonna base coat all of those and pop them in the lamp. I’m gonna use this colour which is Ocean Ridge. I like a dark colour and I love a dark colour when it’s matte. So, this is why I’ve chosen this colour. I’m gonna coat all of the nails in this colour. I’m gonna do two coats. Now, especially when you’re using clear tips, you may need three coats. You’re better doing three super thin coats, rather than trying to sort of whack it on really thick. Especially when you’re doing press-on tips like this, you don’t want the product to be thick. You want it thin, as that can sort of interfere with when you put… when you actually put them on, you don’t want anything peeling. The thicker the product is, the more it’ll peel. So, you’re better layering thin layers than whacking on a nice big layer. So, imagine if I put it on like that thick, you see how that one’s got more coverage, but you don’t wanna do that, you might end up with uncured gel and it could possibly peel, and we don’t want that because we wanna be able to use these nails again. So, we’ve got our colour on. It’s such a nice colour, that is. It’s lovely for wintertime as well. And then I’ve got a selection of other colours. Adam: I’m just gonna put them back there. Kirsty: Okay, sorry! Sorry!
Adam: Alright! Kirsty: Messing up the display.
Adam: There’s two missing over that side as well. Kirsty: Sorry! Sorry about the mess up of the display. For those of you who’ve got OCD like Adam, yeah, sorry about that. So, I’ve got these colours here as well. I haven’t got a clue what this one is. It’s 490. Adam: Forget Me Not. Kirsty: Forget Me Not! My mum would love this. She loves Forget Me Nots. It’s her favourite. So, we’ve got Forget Me Not, we’ve got Forbidden Garden, we’ve got Winter Sea. Oh, that’s got to be cold. That’ll make you have hard nips We’ve got Cinders Slippers. Oh, it’s like a pantomime, and then obviously, we’ve got the Ocean Ridge. So, we’re gonna use these and we’re also going to use white. Oh, can’t forget the white, Snow White. It’s still very wintery. Look, it’s lovely like a… Just gonna set them aside for a moment while I show you how I do this. I have done this the other week on my cousin and it looked amazing, so, we’re gonna do it today. So, we’re going to do a line of product. I wanna separate them sort of, with something lighter. So, that one’s lighter, look. Now, I’ll go back to the Ocean’s Ridge and we’ll put that there. Then I’m gonna go with the white. I think even if the white mixes with that Ocean Ridge, that will be really nice. And then, gonna put Cinder, Cinderella Slippers just there. Then I think I’m actually going to pick up a little bit of this, trickle it between there and I’m also gonna trickle it between here as well. Love love love that! Then I’m gonna take this brush, this brush is… Adam: Trident.
Kirsty: Trident. Kirsty: And it is the one that has got like these three little sections to it.
Adam: Like a trident. Kirsty: Yes, and then what we’re gonna do is, with the middle nail, we’re going to slide the brush, pick up the colour and we’re gonna start at the top and slowly bring down the colour, giving it a bit of a twist so it draws off the brush, creates a bit of marble. I’m gonna come back through here because I think that’s too solid, and then the colours on the brush will still mix, and I’m gonna do the same down here. So, it’s important to have that colour in the background. I’m gonna do one more scoop and I’m gonna come from here up, give it a twist until you’re happy with your marble effect. Just gonna pull that blue through there. Look at that! How easy was that? Cure that in the lamp. I’m gonna also do that onto the thumb. So, again, you don’t need to clean your brush, you can just go straight into those colours. Keep your brush quite flat and you can see everything will just draw off. Then we’re gonna come here. See what’s the left on the brush for this part. How cool is that? Pop that in the lamp. I’m gonna clean the brush now just because it’s all getting a little bit too mixed. So, I’m cleaning that with the Gel Residue Wipe-off Solution. Put it on a Lint-free Pad and then just pulling. So, I’m not doing any of this business, I’m literally placing it on and pulling it through like that. Make sure that’s nice and dry, and the we go again. This one, I’m just gonna do towards the top, it’s gonna be really uneven. Don’t think about getting this even at the top, you want it to be uneven. It’ll look more effective. Adam: That’s what a cuff would look like if I did it. Kirsty: A cuff nail will look like that. It probably would. Be fab that. Let’s go again. I kind of love watching it come off the brush. Something quite satisfying. You can play with it until you’re happy. Pop that in. We got our last piece. This one, I’m just gonna come down in like a bit of a swoosh. It feels like it needs a little bit of white, so you can almost take a brush with a bit of length and pull through. And just pull a little bit of whatever colour it is that you think it might be missing, Kirsty: …if it’s got a bit lost on the way.
Adam: Right! Kirsty: I want, you know, I don’t want people thinking that they can’t have lovely beautiful press-on nails without having to sculpt out, you know, an extension and I just want to use something that’s quite simple. Gel polish is really easy to use and getting this kind of look is pretty cool. You could do this in any colour. You know, I think it’d look cool in Khakis as well because it’ll be a bit like an army kind of effect. Adam: Car keys?
Kirsty: Khaki! Adam: Car keys.
Kirsty: No, Khaki. Khaki! Kirsty: Right! What I’m gonna do now is, with the Urban Graffiti Top Coat, anything that is marbled will have top coat. The solid blue section will have the matte. So, we’re gonna do this first. Just gonna go over the marble that we’ve done. I’m actually gonna get them to cooking. So, with this one, just to trickle some off the top coat over that section of marble, and then I’m just gonna use a small brush just to tease the top coat to the edges. Then I’ve got the Ultra Matte. So, with the Ultra Matte, we’re gonna put this on top of our solid colour. I’m gonna get as close as I can with the brush, that little marble cuff section, and then I’m gonna take my little brush just as I did with the other nail and I’m just going to tease the top coat, matte top coat, up to that marbled section. Pop that in. Again, going down as close as I can with the brush, just so I get the bulk of that matte top coat on there. Do the side first, I’m gonna use my little brush again. Do this side. Look at that! How gorgeous does that look with that part matte? Adam: It does, isn’t it?
Kirsty: Oh, it’s so nice! Kirsty: We’re gonna use some foil, nice and stack up, and we’re going to use the Foil Glue Gel. Let’s pop some of that on. I’m gonna take some of the Foil Glue and trickle that between your marble and the solid colour. Pop that in the lamp. And this one. And we’re gonna just sweep round the edges of this as well. Don’t try and neaten it up. Make sure everything is, you know, quite irregular. It looks better. Pop that in. Let’s get some of the foil. I’m gonna cut that off. I’m gonna clean this side, I’m gonna clean the matte side of the foil, just with a bit of the Gel Residue Wipe-off Solution. Just give that a wipe over and let that evaporate. Pick up the foil. To this one first. Press on, pull off. Oh, look at that! Beautiful! It really just finishes those nails off. I wanna use a clean piece on every nail. Don’t worry if little bits go off like that because they will actually just sort of smudge off. You can even wipe them off like that. Bit of Gel Residue Wipe-off Solution on there. This one, I’m kind of rubbing…Oh, no, I’ve took it off the bloody stand. Bloody hell Give that a rub. And again, I’m just gonna clean up those little bits that have transferred where I didn’t want them. Then we’re gonna take a little bit of top coat, this is the Urban Graffiti Top Coat. In with your little brush, and then we’re just gonna seal the foil. Pop that in. I think that these ones need a little bit of that foil, so I’m just gonna trickle through in a wiggly line. Cure that. Press too hard. Adam: I didn’t know you could press too hard on it. Kirsty: I press too hard because it’s popped off the stand. So, once I’ve added that little bit as well, I’m gonna put a topcoat over that. So, this is still the Urban Graffiti topcoat. The reason I’m using this is because I’m using this over a flexible nail and a flexible gel polish. If you use Mega Gloss, then you’re gonna find that it’s gonna be too rigid and it’ll crack. Same goes for the new… Where are you?! So, you can’t use that on it, you wanna use this. Kirsty: And where’s the other one? I only used today.
Adam: I saw it. Kirsty: That’s it. So, those two, you don’t wanna use those over the top of these nails because you’ve got gel polish on and they are flexible. You need a flexible top coats of this, is what you need, the Urban Graffiti Top Coat. There’s only one more thing to do. Adam: Bling! Kirsty: Obviously! Just gonna put this big stone on with a bead of Clear Acrylic. A little bit of Acrygel, I’m gonna put that around the edge of the big stone. That’s gonna help keep it on, and it’s also going to help adhere some more stones. Then I’m gonna put the Urban Graffiti Top Coat right over the top of that and throughout the length of the nail. I’m gonna place some stones into the gel. Pop that in. So, a little bit of Acrygel in the corner. Bit of Gel Residue Wipe-off Solution on my brush to just move that around to exactly where I want it. So, wherever you’re gonna put your stones. And then obviously, we need the matte over this one. And then we gonna pick a stone up and press those in. Pop that in the lamp. Blinged-out Marble Press-on Nails, bit gorgeous! So, you can either use sticky tabs to put them on or you can glue them on. Now, I’ve made these so these will actually fit on top of my existing nails that I have on. I haven’t glue them on, just literally placing them on for you. That’s beautiful! Adam: They definitely worked!
Kirsty: Yes! Kirsty: So because I didn’t want to take off the gel polish on my nails, I have made sure that they fit over the top of the gel polish. So, when I size them up, they actually fit directly over the top. So, there you are, guys. That’s how to make your very own Press-on nails, using a bit of gel polish and a bit of bling, obviously. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video. Don’t forget, check us out on Facebook and Instagram. Everything that I have used in this video will be listed below. I’ll see you in the next video. Keep watching! Bye-bye!


  • What on earth is Adam rattling around with in the background? Chill Adam man.

  • Can you use another type brush if you don't have the triten brush? I love it!

  • So beautiful

  • Probably my favourite design on this channel

  • How do you take them off so you can reuse them?

  • Always love watching you work! I am recently retired and have started making press/glue on nails for myself and my 10 yr old granddaughter. She has also started making them with me. Now I discover my thumbs are reacting to the acrylic full coverage tips I use. The other nails are fine, just the thumbs crack, itch and peel. I will experiment with flexible gel tips and see if that makes a difference. Hate to think my new hobby and my body are not compatible! I wonโ€™t go down without a fight!

  • Looks like the geode nails which I LOVE

  • These are gorgeous! Um will you make me a set of press-on nails and will you show us the ones you have๐Ÿ˜

  • I love these! I wonder what they would look like in pink

  • Gorgeous!!!

  • Ya'll always ruin gorgeous nails with big stones

  • OMG!!! I asked for this video a while ago and youโ€™re doing one!!! Iโ€™m so excited to watch this later tonight. Iโ€™m trying to learn to do my own nails…not because Iโ€™m cheap b/c I do believe nail tech like Kirsty deserve to be paid upward of $100+ and would have no problem paying it…but Iโ€™m a nurse and we canโ€™t have long nails at work ๐Ÿ˜ฉ…so I pay $150 to look fancy on special occasions or vacation…only to have to take them off in a few days before returning to work! So I had to learn to do these press ons so I can be a little fancy on holiday! Anyway, thanks lady for your videos and technique tips…I canโ€™t wait to try them and practice on my own!

  • You are so talented and I love this set of nails. I wish you would do the cube nail. Thank you for sharing

  • Does this marbling technique create a lot of thickness on the nail? Iโ€™m wondering if I need to make sure my extension shape is really thinned down in order to kind of offset any thickness from the gel.
    I do love the technique though. So beautiful ๐Ÿ˜

  • They're so stunning ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Beautiful Kirsty !!!! I donโ€™t really know if I could wear press ons Iโ€™d be worried about losing one all the time LOL

  • Luv these x

  • Who is disliking ur vids. Seriously. HATERZZZZZZZZ. BIG OL DUMMIES

  • Hi Kirsty. how would you remove these without damaging them?

  • NO Bling

  • Ooh these are gorgeous, I've never used press on nails, but I'm tempted now. I wish I'd thought of this whilst going through chemo. I wasn't allowed any extensions, just bit of polish on my sausage fingers ๐Ÿ˜‚ .These would of been perfect โค

  • These are beautiful ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž

  • Absolutely beautiful. Have you ever painted on canvases? If so, I'd love to see it, you're an amazing artist. My apologies if you have and I don't know about it.

  • Brilliant!!!

  • I just love these so much!! The matte blue is stunning!! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’™

  • Such a cool way to do a marble-effect design. I'm loving it!

  • Looooovvveeee!!!! ๐Ÿฅฐ gorgeous nails ๐Ÿ˜

  • Brilliant. I have a hard time doing my hands but can do these and secure with clear acrylics for a longer wear easy.

  • Hey Kirst, what are some different ways to adhere the press ons? ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’–

  • I just cannot get Naio nail foil to work on acrylic nails. The marble is a fab idea n looks great.

  • Gorgeous set! Makes me think of the Arcic Ocean or Antarctica

  • Yeah…
    Really like this design ๐Ÿ’™

  • Can you do it in RED please for Valentine's Day ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  • โคโคโค๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  • What type of glue to use so I can reuse them? I love seeing your beautiful work, your videos are so much fun to watch. Adam does amazing camera work too, great interaction between the two of you. When is Faye coming back? Lol

  • So talented.. love the design.. excited for every video u share with us. ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰โ™ฅ๏ธ

  • Gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜

  • Iโ€™ve been making my own false nails since I was a kid

  • Plz make a polish with the name Kitchen Sink ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿคฃ shifting colors with some glitters ๐Ÿฅ‚

  • Ok Iโ€™m in absolute love with those,

  • Iโ€™ve been waiting for a video like this!!

  • I feel so relaxed watching this ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿพ

  • Wow absolutely gorgeous always wondered how you did these nails x

  • Omg that is amazing

  • Would the sticky tabs be the best idea if you wanted just wear the nails a day or two ? Or would glue be ok to use and still easy to take off the press on nail ?

  • Love these colors with this technique! Looks like a geode.

  • Kristys the most skilled nail tech hands down man shes a straight up artist ! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿค—

  • Fantastic video thank you Kirsty for sharing your skills with us โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

  • So dope! I can't wait to try!!

  • Adam is so conscientious. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜€

  • I'm getting to were I like the mat finish more and more especially on dark colors.

  • Hola hermosa amo tu trabajo te escribo de Jalisco Mรฉxico quiero pedirte una peticiรณn esperando leas mi comentario. Si podrรญas hacer uรฑas animal print una cara de leopardo

  • How do you put them on so they stay on and how long can you keep them on?

  • ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜

  • Beautiful

  • I just starting doing my own nails , I learn a lot with you , you are the best teacher artist ever I see here โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅฐ ps: hope one day I can afford your nail art material ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฅฐ

  • bravo magnifique gros bisous Martine ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ‘„โค

  • What does Kirsty mean by full covered tips?? Does she mean nail tips with acrylic on or something else because Iโ€™m really confused

  • Hey BEAUTIFUL!!! greetings from Colombia South America (just in case ๐Ÿ˜‰)… I wonder how you glued them, what kind of glue you use, and do they last??? I have trouble to do my own hahaha and I think this can solve all the problem!!! I LOVE YOU!!! Your style and ideas, and laughing from no where! I have sooo much fun seeing you!!! Many kisses and hugs!!

  • I miss seeing her do her own nails! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • Kirsty, or anyone else, please help me! I have the flattest nails, so all full cover nails and tips only hit my nails on the very sides and never can attach to 90% of my nail. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Love those nails so beautiful ๐Ÿฅฐ

  • So, do tell…what type of nail tip??? What product /How to adhere so they STAY on???

  • What are these tips please? I've been looking for full covers like these. Anybody know or suggest some similar legth and shape?

  • Beautiful love it

  • Beautiful design!

  • What exactly do you use to stick them on over your gel polish?

  • Awesome live them

  • I love blue color ,very beautiful worrking you are experts Bravo

  • That is so cool

  • Omg this set is super gorgeous!!! Would love this design on my own nails!!!

  • Love it!! And I love gdoing pressings too but sometimes I get bumps on my natural thumb nails how can I get rid of them?

  • Sorry if he has ocd. I do. Its a horrible thing to have. It can be about anything. The display dont bother me. Hope it's not too bad for adam. I end up hueting myself with mine. ๐Ÿ˜”

  • Love love them

  • What do you use to put on your press on nails and how do you take them off with messing them up?

  • I've said it before, I'll say it again! You're a nail genius! I'm absolutely trying this painting technique out! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • BTW, if you want to wear them longer and not reuse then you can apply the full cover with some clear acrylic and top with clear acrylic to get a more rigid structure and apex. Lasts just as long as any mani.

  • These are quite honestly my favorite nails to date! Quick question: how can I become a Naio Nails rep in Canada? I LOVE your product and haven't even used it yet!

  • Adams idea. Tux nails with one cuff and link

  • ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I want do that on my nails!! Itโ€™s gorgeous!!! ๐Ÿ’Ž

  • do a video on the beat acrylic nail kits please

  • I absolutely love this set!!!

  • Speaking of OCD…there is a jar of acrylic missing to Kirsty's left.

  • Oh what a gorgeous set if nails!! I play golf and ones nails can't be super long, the press on is such a great idea!! Love the colours! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿฅฐโ›ณ๏ธ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  • ๐Ÿ’œ

  • Cool technique

  • NailedByNina

  • Could you please link or tell us where to get the full cover tips from please? I can't see it linked in the description??
    Also, was the contact area of the tip etched before sticking the tip onto the nail, or would you leave it smooth?

  • Me over her trying to figure out what color carkeys would be ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ gorgeous set!

  • Absolutely love these! They look like they were carved out of stone, like lapis lazuli. ๐Ÿ˜

  • Thank you for sharing your work I always learn a lot from you. If you were to use glue, how would you remove the nails to be able to reuse them? Thanks

  • This is what I do! Omg I thoight u was the only one! It makes it so much easier to create designs on them plus if you are using regular polish that needs time to dry they can dry before you put them on so no dealing with wet nails!

  • Gorgeous, Iโ€™d buy those for myself. No bling….You should design some press on nails like these!!!


  • I love ๐Ÿ’• the reveal shot of Kirsty and her new nails!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š I want to try this new marble technique itโ€™s so cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Question: where do you get your nail tip holders/stands?? ๐Ÿค—

  • Do a are you being served set.

  • The ones with the combination of blue and marble remind me of geodes. How do you put them on and then remove them without damaging them?

  • Simply stunning!

  • I only ever use press on tips after years of searching Iโ€™ve found some really strong tips going to try this soon havenโ€™t got those colours but itโ€™s an interesting technique KIRSTY could this be done with normal nail polish too ?

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