Press-on nails are the next best thing to a gel manicure. Here are some of our favourites

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If your nail art skills aren’t quite as impressive as your manicurist’s, press-on nails could be the answer.

With nail salons across the UK closed throughout lockdown, most of us have had to learn how to do a proper manicure and paint job at home. Of course, our art skills aren’t akin to masterpieces and so, many people, and even celebrities, are turning to press-on nails instead.

If you aren’t gifted with the skill of creating meticulous nail art like your manicurists, lots of nail brands sell press-on options decorated in fun designs, making it the easiest way to get close to a shellac manicure.

Additionally, wearing press-on nails is also a great way to support your local nail salon. Some nail arts, have started selling pre-painted press-on nails online to help them retain some business during the health pandemic.

During the first lockdown, Ariana Grande drew attention to press-on nails when she posted a picture of a set on Instagram Stories, thanking @bettyinacherry, the nail artist who sent them to her.

In the picture Grande posted, she is wearing a set of almond-shaped nails, all of which are decorated with a pearlescent cloud-effect. Other nails in the set include rectangle-shaped nails with heart-shaped holes on the tips.

Another celebrity who relied on press-on nails was Chrissy Teigen. Posting a series of Instagram Story videos about celebrity nail artist Patricia Yankee’s press-on nails in the Veil style, Teigen told fans: “This truly changed my life. I shaped them a little bit with a file but they act like totally good real nails.”

In the market for new nails? Here’s some of our favourites that are available to buy right now…

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