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nail sticker FAQ & tips!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Nail stickers - I blog about them nearly every week and each time I get comments and emails asking the same few questions so I figured it might be helpful to write up a new post on these nail stickers I love so very much just to clear up any confusion there may be or any issues you might be having. 
Q.  Nail stickers? So, it's the whole design and I don't have to do any painting?
A. No, they're basically just stencils. I've found them to be way easier than using tape and you don't have to do any cutting.

Q. Are they reusable?
A. No, they are not. They're one time use.

Q. The stickers are peeling up my nail polish when I take them off. What's up with that?! 
A. Sounds like your polish might not be completely dry I always suggest painting designs with the stickers in two separate days so you're not rushed. Of course, you don't have to wait a full day but at least give your polish an hour or so.

Q. My nails are completely dry but my base coat is still peeling off. What do I do? 
A. This could be one of a few things. 1. You have a crappy nail polish. I'm certainly not a nail polish snob, I will always snatch up a 99 cent polish but there are some that are just not made very well and these will peel up when the sticker is pulled off. 2. Your sticker is too sticky! Easy fix - put the sticker on the top of your (clean & dry) hand and peel off before placing on your nail.

Q. The nail stickers are leaving a residue, what do I do?
A.  I'm not 100% sure why this happens, I've only had it happen a few times but here are a few things to make note of - Make sure you're doing the trick of putting the sticker on your hand before your nail to remove some of the stickiness before apply it to your nail. Make sure your nails are clean and dry. (I'm totally guilty of snacking and painting my nails at the same time, it usually doesn't lead to pretty nails!) If nothing else, wait for your polish to dry, and then go wash your hands with soap and water before applying the top coat. Sticky gunk comes right off.

Q. Why aren't my lines as crisp as yours?
A. The trick to crisp lines with these stickers is peeling them off as soon as you're done painting. This means polishes that aren't completely opaque on the first coat are far less superior when it comes to using the stickers.

So basically be patient, make sure each coat is COMPLETELY dry before putting down the sticker, and get yourself some great polish (I'm all about Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, Essie & Zoya!) Set aside a little chunk of time to do your nails or do it over a period of a few days and with some practice you'll be doing your nails like a pro!
I'm sure there are many places to pick up nail stickers. The first ones I tried, I'm pretty sure, were from WalMart. But I've found that these ones are the best. Not to mention the shipping is super quick, even coming from the UK to the US.

I also highly recommend watching this silly video that Elycia and I made last summer for more tips on using the stickers. Good luck! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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16 thoughts

  1. I LOVE using nail stickers, ever since I saw you post a few. I always put them on the back of my hand and let them dry overnight before doing the stickers. Great tips :)

  2. Thanks a lot for the tips. I guess I only miss patience then ;)

  3. Very informative! Thanks for the info. I usually find its helpful to watch a movie or television show while I do my nails. This way they have time to dry and I don't get to antsy to move and end up smudging them or something.

  4. Thank you sooo much! This is a super helpful post! xoxo ~

  5. My main problem is the crisp lines. I remove them right away, and they still aren't crisp sometimes! I think it's possible that, sometimes, the stickers get air bubbles(??!) when I put them on my nail, and the paint sometimes seeps through. It's the bane of my existence. It happens on at least 2-3 nails every time I use nail stickers (however, now that I've identified the problem, my nails will probably look better from now on).

  6. Thanks for these tips! I really love your nails and am always so envious! It seems like such an easy thing to do, but if you haven't done it before--- well you catch what I'm getting at!

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

  7. Yay! I love using these nail stickers and I found out most of this through just trial and error. I usually do my base (lightest) color, then a coat of Seche Vite and let dry overnight. Then I do my design the next day. And the stickers do tend to bubble up if you put a bunch of coats over them, so the ones that cover in one coat are best. That way, you get the really crisp lines. My favorite place to pick up good, cheap polish is in Ulta's clearance section. They have a lot of good brands (OPI, Essie, Zoya) marked at half price. Also Target occasionally gives out coupons for Sally Hansen nail polish, so that really helps too.

  8. Love your demonstration of what stickers make which design.

  9. I love the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure colours. Over here in the UK we have "Pound" shops (it's the equivalent to your "Dollar" stores) which I've found quite a few bottles hidden away in the cosmetic aisle! (I'm currently rocking 'Cherry, Cherry, Bang, Bang' & 'Ion').

  10. Thank you so much for this post!! I've been trying to do this for a long time, but it always peels up...I usually wait enough time, but maybe I have to leave them even longer. Will see how it works out next time :)

    A pinch of K

  11. i loooooooove those nail stickers! i've watched that video a few times when i need a reminder, or just a laugh! i usually paint my first coat at night, then do the next one the next morning. and i ALWAYS have to put them on the back of my hand first. they are way too sticky otherwise. i get so many compliments on them too. no one ever believes me when i say how easy it is!

  12. So cool nail design art that I never came across... This are looking very soft and sensible.. All designs are also nice and special.i must try these lovely nail paints tonight


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