I know you are the one who adores long nails. But maintaining naturally long nails isn’t in everyone’s luck. And here comes press-on nails to facilitate them in fulfilling their desire to enjoy long nails. Press-on nails are easy to apply and maintain. Plus, they are inexpensive.
But a consistent problem with press-on nails is running out of nail glue. Sometimes the nail glue for press-on nails even dries up in the bottle. So, in such scenarios, looking for an adhesive alternative to nail glue is obvious. And one common adhesive available to us is eyelash glue.
But can you use eyelash glue for nails? Will eyelash glue be an ideal pick for press-on nails? I know there are a few confusing questions like that! But fret not, I’m here to tell you whether you can use eyelash glue for nails or not. Plus, I’ll tell you some of my alternatives.
Eyelash Glue vs. Nail Glue – What’s the Difference?
Although eyelash glue and nail glue are adhesive, they are not identical. Eyelash glue is for gluing the eyelashes onto our eyelids whereas nail glue is to glue the press-on nails onto our real nails. The only factor that creates the difference between eyelash glue and nail glue is the strength of the adhesive which is known as cohesive strength.
Cohesive strength is the capability of the glue to attach two substances under pressure. In simple words, the higher the cohesive strength the stronger the glue.
Eyelash glue is used to attach two delicate substances, the eyelash with the skin. But nail glue is gluing plastic or acrylic press-on nails with our real nails. And both substances are harder as compared to eyelashes and skin.
So, the cohesive strength of nail glue is higher than the cohesive strength of eyelash glue due to its purpose of attaching two hard substances for a longer period. Hence you can practically accept the fact that eyelash glue is not as stronger as nail glue.
Can You Use Eyelash Glue for Nails?
So can you use eyelash glue for nails? I know, by knowing the difference between eyelash glue and nail glue, you might reconsider your decision. But wait! You haven’t completed the reading. This is the section where you will know whether eyelash glue can be used for nails or not.
Even though the cohesive strength in eyelash glue is lower than in nail glue, you can still use eyelash glue for nails. The eyelash glue will be able to glue those press-on nails of yours to your nails. But how long those press-on nails will stay is unpredictable.
A good quality nail glue can hold press-on nails for almost two weeks. Although press-on nails glued using eyelash glue may not last that long, I’m pretty sure if you apply eyelash glue to stick your press-on nails with sufficient pressure and time your nails will not come off in a day.
You can at least enjoy press-on nails that day, plus you will have enough time to shop for new nail glue. And if you can carefully handle your nails (not run them through something) after the application, then you can expect to enjoy them for a few more days.
3 Alternatives to Stick Press-On Nails Without Nail Glue
I know all of you just want to jack up the beauty of your hand by getting those beautiful press-on nails. Therefore, if nail glue is off the table, you can use eyelash glue for sure. But I’ll also share 3 easy alternatives in case you also run out of eyelash glue.
1. Double Sided Tapes
Double-sided tapes are the first alternative to glue for sticking press-on nails. If you run out of nail glue, you can use nail tabs (which are nail-shaped double-sided tapes) for sticking your press-on nails.
You can also create your nail shape nail tabs in case you have double-sided tapes at home. Note that nail taps aren’t capable of sticking to your press-on nails for more than 2 days. Nail tabs will be best if you want to enjoy fake nails for an event or just for a short period.
2. Acrylic Powder and Liquid
I’m pretty sure you’re a manicure enthusiast and in case you have acrylic powder and liquid at home, you can simply create a mixture of them and use it instead of nail glue to stick to your fake nails.
That mixture will attach your press-on nails more strongly than a typical nail glue. But removing your press-on nails will be different. You have to remove them the way acrylic nails used to be removed which is by soaking them in acetone for 20-30 minutes.
3. Base Coat and Transparent Glue
I know you will have a base coat for sure, now all you just need to make transparent glue. It’s quite easy to make as all the ingredients are available at home. Here’s how you can make transparent glue at home. This glue is also known as clear glue.
In this method, we have to work on one nail at a time. First, apply a generous amount of base coat on your nail. And before it dries up, apply a single coat of transparent glue on that nail. Next, stick and hold the press-on nails onto this nail for up to 45 seconds to 1 minute.
Repeat the same process for the rest of the nails to complete your at-home press-on nails application without nail glue. Once the transparent glue is ready, the remaining steps are just a piece of cake. Note that this method will not give your press-on nails the durability of two weeks but at least you can enjoy them for 2 days if handled carefully.
We can’t afford any obstacles when it comes to embracing ourselves with fashion and beauty. But it is surprising to me when I find a DIY hack works amazingly than the real solution to tackle an obstacle.
Wrapping it up, if you run out of nail glue, you can indeed use eyelash glue for nails. Besides, you can use double-sided nail tapes and transparent glue followed by a base coat application for sticking your press-on nails for a short duration. And the mixture of acrylic powder and liquid can be used to stick your fake nails for weeks long.
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Hey there! I’m Raizy, a makeup, beauty, and manicure enthusiast. My passion for nail art and manicures knows no bounds; it’s something I can’t quite put into words. Every day, my goal is to dive into the world of manicures and nail art, and I’m thrilled to share my thoughts and expertise with all of you.