Nail Strips Tips & Tricks

Applying nail strips is not difficult, but there are a few tips and tricks to make it a little easier and help you get the most life out of your manicure!

1.  Apply strips at room temperature. 

If they're too cold, they will be stiff and could "break" if you try to stretch them.  They also won't adhere to nails as well.  Too warm and they could be more difficult to position/re-position on the nail.  It's best to apply them when they're at room temperature.

Also, nail strips should be used immediately after opening, as they will begin to dry out once the vacuum-sealed package is opened.

2. Prep nails before applying.

This one is important.  Nails that are clean, dry, and free of any oils or lotions will result in a longer-lasting manicure.  Wash hands (some use dish soap to remove the most oils) and wipe nails with alcohol.  You can also use a file to "rough up" the surface of the nail so the strip will adhere better.  Just be sure to remove any nail dust or debris before applying strips.

3. Allow time for your manicure to "set".

The best thing about nail strips is the convenience.  You can just apply and go! But remember they are nail polish that is almost completely dry and will finish drying upon application and adhere to the nail during this time.  They won't smudge or feel wet, but be gentle with them for the first 15 to 30 minutes until they have time to set. This set time also allows for you to re-position the strip if needed.  Also avoiding prolonged exposure to hot water for the first couple hours is helpful.  You can wash your hands (it's best if the water is not too hot), but dishes and showering could affect the staying power of your fresh mani.  

4.  Multiple layers or a topcoat can be used.

Nail strips can be layered for a deeper shade, to combine shades, or add accents/glitter on top. However, it’s best to wait a few minutes before applying the 2nd layer. This allows the first layer some time to set so that the 2nd layer doesn’t pull it away from the nail.  You can also use our clear strips, On A Clear Day, if you don't want the color to be affected Liquid clear top coat can also be applied. 

5. File carefully.

When filing the excess strip, be careful not to file too much or too hard.  It shouldn't take a lot of filing to "cut" the strip.  The more you apply strips, you'll find what works best for you. Some prefer to trim it with nail clippers or scissors first and then file closer to the nail later.  Waiting a few minutes to file close to the nail is also helpful if you notice your strips tend to pull away from the tip of your nail as they set. Some also use their thumbnail or edge of a nail file to score the nail strip and gently pull off the excess.  There's really no right or wrong way, just whatever works for you!

6. Healthy nails = longer lasting mani.

Everyone is different when it comes to wear time.  Strong, healthy nails tend to have longer wear than thin, weak ones.  If your nails are brittle and bend or break easily, the nail strip will be bending repeatedly with your nail, which could lead to cracking or chipping.  Also keep in mind that your mani may be more delicate immediately after a hot shower or doing dishes.  Just like soaking in hot water softens your nails and makes them more prone to damage, it does the same to your nail strips.  But don't worry, they will harden back up as they dry.

Bottom line, some of us are harder on our nails than others, so naturally our manicures will not last the same amount of time.  Someone who scrubs dishes multiple times a day will likely not get as much life out of their manicure as someone who doesn't.

7.  Practice makes perfect!

The more you apply them, the better you'll get. You'll discover your own tips and tricks to make application even easier and make them last as long as possible.