13 Adorable Press On Nail Designs Perfect For Lazy Girls Or Those Whose Nails Simply Refuse To Grow

There has been a real trend for adorable nail art over the last couple of years, and it doesn't appear to be going away any time soon! But not all of us are gifted with a dotting tool and a toothpick, but still want to rock a gorgeous summer manicure that doesn't cost the Earth! Or maybe we have short nails that don't lend themselves so well to the intricate designs in the first place. That's where press-on nails come in.

I am a huge fan of the instant manicure. As much as I love to paint my nails and make my own attempts at nail art, lately all of my nails have broken and, as someone who spends a significant proportion of time typing, they probably won't be growing back promptly. So, I started wearing press on nails instead. There are so many gorgeous designs available at the moment that I am just spoiled for choice. I tend to go for quite loud and quirky sets, as they suit my style and I enjoy them the most, but there are definitely more subtle designs available.

One tip I would give if you are considering wearing press-ons is to buy your own nail glue — don't rely on the one that comes in the pack with the nails. I use a fast-drying one that seems to hold the nails on for much longer than the standard glue provided. My second tip would be to always have a bottle of glue in your purse, just in case of emergencies.

If you are a nail biter or generally keep your nails short, it is worth wearing press on nails that are short at first so that you can get used to them. Either buy shorter sets or if you fall in love with some that are too long for you, you can always file them down yourself.

Whatever you choose, have fun with it!

by Sarah Martindale

Lovely Lilacs

We had a lilac tree in my garden when I was growing up and their sweet scent and beautiful color always reminds me of summer. This set is rather long but could definitely be filed down if needed.

Lilac Fake Nails, $21,

Glitter Ombre

These glittery, dreamy nails feature a soft design that is just so pretty. They are not excessively long and come with two adhesive options. This would be a great set for someone who is not used to wearing longer nails.

Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails — Charmed Life, $8,

Bold Roses

These high contrasting nails feature red roses with a sort of gothic vibe.

Elegant Touch House of Holland Nails — Thorn In My Side, $13,

Pop Art

Maybe florals aren’t your thing and you prefer something a little quirkier. These pop art nails feature comic book designs on bright backgrounds. I need them in my life.

Retro Comic Fake Nails, $21,

Bright Floral Ombre

This beautiful set is about as summery as it gets. The pastel pink-white-green ombre background is perfect for the bright colors used for the flowers.

24 Set Fake Flower Nails, $22,

Nude Feathers

If you like to keep your nails interesting but have a strict dress policy at work, these could be perfect. They are so subtle and elegant, but absolutely gorgeous with a hint of glitter down the center of each feather.

Soft As A Feather Nails, $9,

Kawaii Strawberries

For me, nothing says summer like strawberries. If you are a fan of the kawaii aesthetic, you’re sure to love these adorable nails, which aren’t too long and will really stand out.

Strawberry Nails, $19,

Nude, Mint, Dots, And Roses

These pretty pastels are so delicate and have a real vintage feel to them. They are hand-painted so you could even try to pass them off as your own work… you know, if you wanted to.

Polka Dot And Rose Fake Nail Set, $13,


House of Holland for Elegant Touch nails are so playful and unique. If you want something different, these are the nails for you.

Elegant Touch House of Holland Nails — Jewel Thief, $13,

Beach Party

These are so much fun, totally my style. It’s a beach party on your hands!

Beach Nails, $26,

Contrast Floral With Gems

If you want something a little fancier, this set combines beautiful vintage florals with a deep teal to contrast, plus bejeweled accent nails. This set would also not suffer at all from being filed down if needed, as the main design elements are all high up on the nail.

Vintage Flower Stiletto Nails, $23,

London Sunset

These nails from Lily Allen’s line for Elegant Touch give you London at your fingertips! Perfect for all you anglophiles.

Elegant Touch Lily Loves Nails — LDN, $11,

Vintage Florals

The very subtle pink to white ombre is just beautiful.

Vintage Flower Nails, $21,