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10 Nail Glues Pros Swear By for Perfect Manicures

By Danielle James, Dori Price of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 18: We updated this article in October 2022 to add more information about each featured product, based on extensive research and vetting of online reviews. Our original recommendations remain the same, with the addition of picks from Beauty Secrets and IBD.When doing manicures at home with acrylic nails or press-ons, you're going to need some good nail glue. All nail adhesives aren't created equally, and there's nothing more annoying than a nail popping off a day or two after application. That's why it's essential to use a high-quality nail glue that bonds quickly to ensure your nails stay on longer and stronger. "Look for a fast-setting nail adhesive," advises Jenny Bui, owner of Nails on 7th in Harlem, New York, and OPI artist ambassador. "To find out if an adhesive is fast-setting, turn the wand to its side and check how quickly the air bubble moves: if it moves quickly, it’s fast-setting," she says. And it's not just about the formula — how you store your nail glue is also important. According to Bui, you should always store nail adhesives covered and in cool places to prevent them from drying out. "High temperatures will coagulate the adhesive and make it not adhere properly to the nail’s surface," she adds.Beauty editors at Good Housekeeping sought out the best nail glues you can buy for all your faux nail and nail art needs, including brush-on formulas, vetted by nail pros, top-rated reviews and personal editor favorites.Our top picks:Once you've completed your perfect DIY mani, keep your nails and hands in tip top shape with one of our favorite cuticle oils and hand creams.

We updated this article in October 2022 to add more information about each featured product, based on extensive research and vetting of online reviews. Our original recommendations remain the same, with the addition of picks from Beauty Secrets and IBD.

When doing manicures at home with acrylic nails or press-ons, you're going to need some good nail glue. All nail adhesives aren't created equally, and there's nothing more annoying than a nail popping off a day or two after application. That's why it's essential to use a high-quality nail glue that bonds quickly to ensure your nails stay on longer and stronger.

"Look for a fast-setting nail adhesive," advises Jenny Bui, owner of Nails on 7th in Harlem, New York, and OPI artist ambassador. "To find out if an adhesive is fast-setting, turn the wand to its side and check how quickly the air bubble moves: if it moves quickly, it’s fast-setting," she says. And it's not just about the formula — how you store your nail glue is also important. According to Bui, you should always store nail adhesives covered and in cool places to prevent them from drying out. "High temperatures will coagulate the adhesive and make it not adhere properly to the nail’s surface," she adds.

Beauty editors at Good Housekeeping sought out the best nail glues you can buy for all your faux nail and nail art needs, including brush-on formulas, vetted by nail pros, top-rated reviews and personal editor favorites.

Our top picks:

Once you've completed your perfect DIY mani, keep your nails and hands in tip top shape with one of our favorite cuticle oils and hand creams.

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