From now until August 19th, take $1 off anything in my Etsy shop! Use coupon code 1OFFAUG during checkout. This is an especially great time to stock up on cuticle cream. Summer has been harsh on my skin and cuticle cream is really saving the day for me!
And of course, I have many fun nail decal sets available. Consider this coupon your chance to give something new a try.
I made a video about how to apply water slide nail decals and I thought I’d use this post to go over some tips.
Use warm water
If you’re having trouble smoothing out the wrinkles in your nail decals, try using warmer water. This should make the decals a little more pliable, but be careful not to stretch them out so badly the image gets washed off!
Dip your finger in water
Do you have trouble getting your nail decals to align on your nail just right? Dip your fingernail in water just before you apply the decal because that will help keep the decal wet. As long as the nail decal is wet, you should be able to slide it around on your nail easily. Use caution though, since rubbing the decal too much will make the image wear off.
Use cuticle scissors to trim excess
These little scissors are so handy! I use them to trim off decals that are already on my nails. The small size makes them the perfect choice to make your nail decals fit just right.
Use a better top coat
Clear top coat is so important when using water slide nail decals. My personal favorite brand is Out the Door since it’s a quick-dry top coat that goes on thicker than cheap clear coats. Seche Vite also has a good quick-dry top coat. (BTW, neither of these brands are sponsoring my blog or are connected to me in any way. These are my honest recommendations.)
Seal in the nail decal on all sides with top coat
This is easy to do with small decals, but with larger decals, you need to make sure to trim a little from the sides. Otherwise water will seep in and destroy your brand new manicure.
Touch up your top coat
Top coat wears off in our day to day lives. The best thing you can do to keep your manicure looking sharp is to apply a new coat of clear coat every 2 days. Apply it more often if you have a very hands on job (hair stylist, scientist, tailor, etc.).
I hope these tips help! I’m always available to answer questions by email or convo on Etsy.
I’m so happy to introduce my homemade cuticle cream! This balm has been a lifesaver for me this winter. If you don’t already know, I live in Minnesota and winter is lasts like 9 months of the year. So a lot of time is spent indoors in very dry air. I developed this cuticle cream specifically for harsh weather or people who work jobs that dry out their hands and nails. I also wanted it to be very natural so there are no artificial preservatives.
I’m so not a traditional french tip fan. It’s great for those certain professional environments where you can’t have lots of different colors on your nails. And while that’s fine, I love french tips so much more when colors are involved!
I’m so happy Essie did a re-release of Starry Starry Night. I love the dark blue color. The chrome is OPI’s Push and Shove.
I love how this came out! And it was so easy to do. I used my stripe vinyl nail decals on my ring and pinkie fingers to help me paint the colors. I find vinyl stripe decals so much easier to use than the striping nail tape that comes on a roll.
Here’s the nail polish I used: Sally Hansen – Mint Sorbet, Zoya – Logan, Sinful Colors – Feeling Lucky?, and Fingerpaints – Masked Beauty.
I haven’t busted out my neon nail polish in a while and I wanted something bright! I remember the 90’s as a series of geometric shapes in neon colors. I used my step pyramid, weave, and chevron nail vinyls to create most of the shapes. The thumb and pinkie were stamped.
After the last high effort manicure I did, I wanted something a little easier.
Luckily I had this beautiful nail polish from Aliquid Lacquer called Saturn Unbound. It has just the right amount of holo glitter in it. I decided to do a couple accents nails using Nails Inc. – Leicester Court for the index finger and Nicole by OPI – Heavenly Angel for the ring finger. I like how this came out. My only complaint is that star glitter loves to defy the top coat. I used two coats of Out the Door on my index finger and the tips of the stars are still sticking out and snagging on my clothes! I’ll try adding another coat tomorrow. Maybe that will help.