Say you get your nails done, and paid an outrageous amount of money for extra decals, crystals, and other nail art. And then, imagine your nails smudging because you didn’t accurately guess the drying time. We have all been there.
But, luckily, you don’t have to wait, or even guess the right accurate time anymore. A simple hack will get you instant nail art: nail stickers (via Oprah Daily). What are nail stickers? Per Allure, nail stickers are, simply, nail polish stickers that you can easily slap on your manicure. And, what’s so great about these hacks is that it’s low maintenance and convenient — no drying time needed.
According to Oprah Daily, there are two types of nail stickers: self-adhesive nail wraps and standalone stickers. The nail wraps, per the outlet, are gel polish stickers that don’t require a UV light for drying. And, standalone stickers are, well, nail art stickers. Think press-on but nail art edition. Both stickers come in several different designs, from floral wraps to geometric designs, Oprah Daily reported.
Interested in knowing how to apply them? Read on to learn more!
Here's how to best apply nail stickers
Applying nail stickers isn’t hard, but can be a bit difficult for any newbie. The first step? Manicurist Holly Falcone recommended completing your regular manicure before adding the nail art stickers, as noted by Allure. “If you’re just applying a decal, make sure your base coat (applied before) is completely dry,” she said. “With tweezers (the needle-nose tip tool works best), gently drop the sticker onto your nail and lay it down with the opposite end of the tweezer, or your finger if you are careful enough.” Take it from the pro.
The process is a bit different with the nail wraps (remember the gel polish stickers?). Per Allure, this time with nail wraps, start off with fresh clean hands and bare nails. Then, wipe each nail down with acetone. Next, trim each wrap so it correctly fits each nail. “Apply the sticker as close to your cuticle as possible, then use your other fingers to pat it down,” Falcone said. “Finish by filing off any excess wrap, and then blow-dry the nails to adhere the sticker to the nail to ensure they don’t move.”
And, that’s it! Pretty easy, right? Now just make sure that you never pick off your polish, and you’ll be good to go.
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