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How to Trim Press on Nails

Last Updated on September 21, 2022 by SulaBeauty Staff

Are your press-on nails looking a bit too long and in need of a trim? In this blog post, we will show you how to trim press-on nails in a few simple steps. Keep reading to learn more!

Can You Trim Press on Nails

Yes, of course. Press-on nails have been designed so that if the original shape or size does not fit your requirement, you may easily trim and file them. You may modify them before or after gluing them to your natural nails; howsoever it suits you better.

You can easily trim or cut them using a nail clipper just the way you do while trimming your natural nails. 

Press on Nails Too Big? How to Trim Press on Nails

Stylists state that wearing extremely long press on nails could seem fake. And we want them to look as natural as possible. So, it is better to trim and file them based on the size of your natural nails. 

Even though press-ons can easily be trimmed before or after applying press-on over your natural nails, manicurists suggest the latter. Let’s go through the entire procedure to be able to trim down those big press-on nails:

  1. Prep your natural nail beds well. Start by washing your hands with warm and soapy water, then wipe them with cotton soaked in nail polish remover. It helps remove the natural oils on your nails, allowing the press-ons to bond stronger with your natural nails.
  1. Now push the cuticles back, and remove any excess to provide ample surface area for the press-ons to get glued well. Also, your natural nails must be trimmed short and filed to prevent them from getting damaged.
  1. Apply nail glue on the tip of your natural nail and to the bottom-backside of the press-on, and press it gently on your nail. Repeat the same for all the fingernails and allow them to sit for 2-3 hours to bond and cure.
  1. After all the nails are appropriately glued and you wish to shorten them, use a nail clipper and trim them to the center from both sides. Do not try to put the entire nail in the mouth of the clipper.

This way, you can easily trim them down to similar lengths. Repeat for all the fingernails. And then, using a nail file, you may smoothen their edges and shape them as you desire. 

And you’re good to go.

Can You Cut Press on Nails With Regular Nail Clippers?

You can use regular nail clippers for trimming your Press-on nails. Cutting them is as easy as your natural or acrylic nails. The only factor to be ensured is that the nails are allowed to sit for 2-3 hours to bond strongly with your natural nails. And then they are ready to be trimmed and filed per your requirement.


Press-on nails offer the convenience of trimming the long ones to your desired length and shape. These can be cut as quickly as your natural nails. You trim them enough so that your press-on nails look real.

All you require is a nail clipper and press on nails that are already glued. It can be a great alternative to short nails if you run out of them.

If you’ve been struggling with the same concern, we hope the article helps you through it.

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