Easiest Manicure Ever with imPress

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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Kiss and Broadway Nails sent me a big box of goodies recently including a bunch of nail art supplies and few sets of artificial nails. I honestly have never thought of myself as the faux-nail type but I was intrigued. The imPress Accent Press-On Manicure sets look an awful lot like real nails and they come pre-polished with an included accent nail. I'm in a rush so zero drying time is pretty amazing.

Curiosity aside, my nails were having a situation. The frigid temps and dry air here in Chicago along with all the house cleaning I've been doing lately have destroyed my nails. My last one nice nail, my thumb nail, lost a battle with a stuck purse zipper.

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I was not happy but what a fantastic excuse to try out an imPress Press-On Manicure! You guys -- I love these nails. They are so easy to apply and they last really well. One of the most fun aspects is that you can paint or embellish these nails any way you want before they are on your fingers!

Lead manicurist, Gina Edwards, painted a gorgeous feather pattern on one nail and added a pearl to the others for Bibhu Mohapatra's Fall 2015 show at New York Fashion Week...


...and embellished them with gold accents after painting them a soft mauve for Erin Fetherston's show.


I borrowed Edwards' idea and added an embellishment from Kiss Salon Secrets Rococo Veil Kit to one nail on each hand. The step-by-step application instructions are after the jump!

Embellished imPress Accent Press-On Manicure Tutorial

For this manicure, you will need:

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1. Start with clean, trimmed, and filed nails.

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2. Select the correct sizes for each of your nails and arrange them in order.

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3. If using an embellishment from the Rococo Veil Kit, simply peel it away from it's backing and center it on the desired nail. Once you are happy with placement, press down firmly to secure it and apply the top coat included in the kit.

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4. Wipe your nail beds with the prep pad included in your imPress kit.

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5. Carefully peel off the backing.

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6. Line up the press-on at the base of your nail and press firmly down the center and then from the center out to the sides.

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7. For the next half hour, periodically press them down against your nail bed. Avoid extended contact with water for at least an hour and be gentle with your hands.

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8. After your hour is up, you are free to file them them and get them wet. I usually wear my nails a little less square, so I filed the corners down a bit.

Enjoy! They can last up to 7 days depending on how rough you are on your nails. Here's how mine looked on day 3... Pretty amazing considering that my hands are always in water.

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When I took them off later, I was shocked at how easy it was. I simply shimmied a nail under the press-on and they popped right off with absolutely no damage to my real nails. Yay!

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