You don't need super glue to attach acrylic nails.

How to Put an Acrylic Nail Back on Without Super Glue

by David Lipscomb

Acrylic nails, oftentimes, must be applied using a fingernail glue, which is effectively the same as regular cyanoacrylate or super glue. However, plenty of products exist that allow you to simply peel and stick, eliminating a potential mess and facilitating easier removal.

Select the size of nail you want. Acrylic nails come in different lengths and widths to fit a variety of fingers.

File your natural nails so they are fingertip length or shorter.

Clean your fingernails with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball, or the alcohol pad supplied with the kit, if present. If you have any previous nail polish, remove this with acetone or nail-polish remover.

Flip over the first acrylic nail you wish to apply. Carefully remove the adhesive backing with a pair of tweezers.

Center the nail on your natural one. Press and hold firmly for at least 15 seconds, ensuring a tight bond.

File the acrylic nails as desired.

Items you will need

  • Rubbing alcohol or acetone
  • Cotton balls
  • Tweezers
  • Nail file


  • Never attempt to remove a fake nail by pulling it off. You could damage the natural nail underneath, or even pull it off by accident. Press down on the center of the acrylic nail, then slide it forward.

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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