Nail stickers are my new obsession. I particularly love the foils. They give your nails a really polished look but are suitable for day and night.
You might be considering getting them or already have them. So I thought I’d do a tutorial on them. I haven’t the patience for video so I figured photo’s with description would work just as well. They really aren’t that difficult so you should find it easy peasy.
There are many brands out there. I haven’t used them all so I’m not going to attempt to try and find the best one with this blog entry. Ones I’ve found and have used are the brands ‘Nail Rock’ and ‘Technic’. We’ll start with the latter. Technic are pioneers of cheap make-up. In my opinion they are of a middle of the road quality but as a girl not acquainted with expensive make-up brands it does the job for moi. In fact I’m being a bit mean, I am a big fan of Technic. But I draw the line at their foundation. Foundation is the only thing I’ll blow the budget on. Anyway, nails. They do an amazing array of stick on’s. They also do fake nails, nail jewels etc but today I’m focusing on the stickers. As you can see from the pictures I’ve bought nail foils. They give a really interesting finish. The Technic ones are the monochrome wavy design. I thought they would look awesome on my nails. Very Jessie J. They are quite cheap £1.49 from Bodycare. You get 16 wraps in a packet and they are meant to last up to a week. However I’ve found they only really last for a night out and the day after. You remove these by soaking your fingers in hot water so washing your hair will make these disintegrate.
The Nail Rock ones I’ve got were bought as a present. I’ve seen them in New Look and Topshop but I’m sure most clothes shop stock them. They are the latest nail fad after all. Company did a beauty edit (February edition) and these were one of the looks. They mention Nail Rock in the article, maybe they are the head honchos of nail art…hmm. Price wise I think £6-8 and up. Depending on the style and where you got them from. They are supposed to last up to a week on your nails if applied correctly. Not bad, but I’m guessing washing up is out of bounds.
The polka-dot wraps are my favourite but not that great quality wise. They are by Elegant Touch. I’ve never heard of this brand before but that’s nothing new with beauty. I got these again from Bodycare. I heart Bodycare. These lasted me for one day and they cost £1.99 you get 60 in ten sizes. So even though very disposable, the fact you get 60 makes up for it.
There are many more brands out there so use whichever you like or have already. I’m sure like everything they vary on quality depending on the price. So just be wary of that.
It’s really important to prep your nails before putting these on. If you’ve got any residue on your nails they won’t last as long and your really just wasting your money. It doesn’t take very long and you’ll be grateful when you don’t lose one when your on a night out (Nightmare).
I use nail scissors and a nail buffer/filer. Not anything special, part of most girls nail care regime. Make sure your nails are trimmed and even. I like short nails so in case you were wondering no, you don’t need talons to get the most out of them. You’ll see in the pictures they look just as good. Saying that if you do have long nails then they will look fab too, that’s the beauty of nail stickers.
After trimming, file down any sharp corners and any other lumps and bumps. Then buff the top of your nail to get rid of shine and to create a perfect base for the sticker. Then your ready!
3) Preparing the nail stickers.
In the pack you will get your stickers and usually you will get a small wooden stick and a nail file. Useful! However disappointingly in my packet of Nail Rock wraps I didn’t get either. I’m not sure if this is true for all of their wraps….but if it is then for the price I’m disappointed! Technic and Elegant Touch do offer the extras (yay).
You’ll want to get them out of the pack and check the size of your nails in comparison to the stickers. Determine which ones you need and cut them out of the sheet. Making sure you don’t take off the backing paper just yet. Using the wooden stick provided (or a cocktail stick) peel the sticker from the backing and place carefully on your nail making sure you work from the side and smooth across. They do find their way onto the nail themselves and tend to even out but if it does go pear shaped i found I was still able to un-stick and re-stick. I wouldn’t do this too much though as they may become less tacky and just won’t last as long.
With Nail Rock you have to apply heat. They are not your usual nail ‘stickers’. A hair dryer is perfect. You take the sticker using the wooden stick and apply onto one side of the nail apply heat to the sticker so it ‘activates the adhesive’ ( so say Nail Rock) then apply over the curve. Keep them hot at all times. When they are applied and your happy….continue as below. (Making sure you take into account they need to be kept hot!)
Once your happy with the positioning find the edge of your nail by folding the excess over the top of the nail. Then take your nail file and you’ll find if you start to file away the top of the sticker in a downwards motion the excess comes away very easily. I was shocked how easy this was the first time I did it. I’m quite heavy handed so if I can do this it really doesn’t take a delicate touch. Once your sticker is positioned and filed away your pretty much finished, now for the other nine!
5) After care.
It’s really important to paint your nails with clear nail polish afterwards. They will last a lot longer than without. I don’t really have a favourite, but I tend to stick to the make-up brands found in Boots or Superdrug. You know the ones, Rimmel, Loreal, Maybelline, Collection 2000 etc. Cheap nail polish is runny and doesn’t do the job as well.
There you have it! You should have bee-utiful nails that will hopefully last all night and if your lucky all week!
6) To be continued…..
New obsession to go alongside the current obsession. Lip transfers! I am currently getting everything together for my transformation into (hopefully) the one and only Katy Perry! For a fancy dress party of course. Although if I could get away with it in Wrexham, I would dress like KP all the live long day! So the transfers are a part of my outfit. Stay tuned for a tutorial (or a ‘how not to’ if it all goes wrong!) The whole KP thang is either going to be brilliant or deeply embarrassing for moi especially if no-one ‘get’s it’. Hopefully the blue wig will be an indicator….