Press-on Nails, Mini Mascaras Part Of Beauty Routine

February 4, 2019 GMT

We don’t always have time for a manicure, and that’s why the glam gods invented press-on nails.

For years, people have asked me about my nails, and they’re usually shocked when I tell them they’re press-ons. I bite my nails, and I relied on acrylics most of my life to curb my need to gnaw on my fingers. Gel manicures will not stay on my nails, and painting my own nails is such a hassle — mostly because I lack the patience to let anything dry.

I give you the press-on nail. No dry time. Can be applied anywhere. Under $10.

Last month, eternal cool girl and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared photos of a late-night press-on manicure session on her Instagram story. And like AOC, I have to say: THEY ARE NOT CORNY ANYMORE.

Like we’ve discussed, it’s not 1984 anymore, and the beauty industry has advanced light years. These nails aren’t flimsy, and the styles and colors are bomb. They stay on for at least seven to 10 days, through showers, washing my hair and applying dozens of oils to my face. Then, I’ll take them off to let my nails breathe for a few days before I pop on a new set.

I get them at any drugstore or Sally Beauty Supply, and KISS is my favorite brand. I use the little glue that comes right in the set, but you can buy your own if you’d like. The nails come in various sizes, so I fit them to each finger first before I glue them on. They’re also numbered, so once I find the fit for one finger, I match the numbers up by nail (13 on my pinkies, 11 on my ring fingers, etc.)

Then, I put a thin layer of glue over my own nail and press the nail on top, firmly sliding my thumb over the nail. This helps to remove any air pockets, which will allow water to get in and affect the nail’s longevity. I always do my thumbs last.

If the shape or length isn’t right for you, wait a few minutes until they’re COMPLETELY dry (about three minutes) and file them how you like. The sets typically come with a file pad, nails, glue and a toothpick for clean-up.

Sometimes, you might have a nail pop off, so I always carry the glue and a few spare nails to fix myself up if need be.

That’s literally it. If you have a wedding or someplace else to go and don’t have the time/money to get them done, definitely consider press-ons. They are the best-kept beauty secret. Even the youngest woman to serve in Congress thinks so.

Ditch the full-size mascara

I love beauty products, so you know I hate wasting them.

It especially pains me to throw out a nearly full tube of mascara just because it’s expired. Mascara typically expires within three to six months, and that’s never enough time to use up the whole tube. I don’t mess with expiration dates of stuff that goes by my eyes, though.

To cut down on my sadness, I only buy mini mascaras.

Almost every brand makes a tiny version of its best mascara and, typically, at less than half the price. Unless I truly love a mascara ( Glossier Lash Slick ), I only buy the mini version, such as Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara (in regular and waterproof) for $12 as opposed to the full-size’s $25 price tag.

Sometimes, you can even get a bunch of minis in gift sets, such as Benefit Cosmetics Lash Leaders Trio with BADgal BANG Volumizing Mascara, They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara and Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara , or Tarte Lash Money Mini Mascara Set that comes with Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara , Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara and Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara plus Opening Act Lash Primer .

Benefit Cosmetics features the brand’s three top-sellers in its Lash Leaders Mini Mascara set .

Some days, I like a ton of volume and drama, whereas other days I want a more natural vibe. Picking a different mascara every day gives me creative agency over my makeup, and stocking up on mini mascaras is easy on my wallet. Plus, it’s less devastating to throw away a small tube when its time in my makeup bag is up.

Try it out next time you’re in the market for a new mascara. Good things absolutely come in small packages.

GIA MAZUR is a staff writer for the Lifestyles Department of The Times-Tribune. Contact her at gmazur@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9127 or @gmazurTT on Twitter.