Artificial nails are easy to use, and they help you look polished and sleek in minutes. You simply glue them on top of your natural nails, and you’re good to go — until you get some nail glue on your skin. Nail glue can be hard to remove, unless you do it correctly.
Nail glue contains cyanoacrylate, the same chemical found in many types of household super glue products. Despite this, nail glue and household super glue can differ in viscosity.
Unlike household glue, some formulations of nail glue may contain specific ingredients designed to support nail growth. Both superglue and nail glue are designed to dry quickly and will adhere tightly to nails. Both are also waterproof and turn clear when dry.
Glues that don’t contain cyanoacrylate, such as silicone adhesives, epoxy glues, wood glue or craft glue, may not adhere as well, or at all, to nails. Polyurethane-based glues can stain skin, and are messy to use. These are designed for heavy-duty construction projects, not artificial nail bonding.