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Blame it on the pandemic, but spending two hours and lots of money on a nail art manicure just doesn’t have the same appeal that it used to. There have always been manicure options at home, but the quarantine months paid off in one aspect: spreading and progress in stick-on nail art.
Nail polish is the obvious place to start when it comes to nailing at home. But a few things are missing. Unless you have a surgeon’s firm hands, chances are you will not be able to paint artwork on the small canvas of your nail — thereby depriving you of creativity, bedazzling, and the instant mood stimulation a fresh manicure entails. However, stick-on nail art is the best solution and easy to know as they are nail paper or faux nails pre-decorated for you.
The application process varies from product to product (always see the instructions), but the key is: Start by using a nail polish remover to clean your nails, whether you have nail polish on. Personally, I like these ready-made napkins because they are acetone-free and eliminate any risk of spillage. Then push your cuticles back — many of these sets come with a wooden stick for this, but I prefer this double-ended tool in stainless steel, which is also great for general nail maintenance. Shape your nails using a small nail clipper or glass nail file, iron with a nail polish remover pillow again, and voila! You are ready for your DIY nail art session. Continue scrolling for 10 nail art stickers.
Artips Isa Gel cuticle
Marilyn Monroe famously circulated through two different shades of red. So a good red nail is an eternal classic. This Artips set is a subtle, fun twist on the iconic look.
Hard girls nail polish strips
Clueless’ Dionne Davenport would certainly wear this manicure while strutting through the halls of the high school. These nail stickers have a double end with both a square and a round tip that fits all nail shapes.
Maitys nail stickers
These are the best bang for your buck buys. One purchase includes 12 nail plates, which equates to 168 individual pieces. Each sheet is in a different color scheme or fun in the chosen style, of which there are five. I personally recommend the classic (marble), Retro and Chic Style layer sets.
Paintbucket Breana Mani Nail Wraps
Paintbucket is actually a salon in Brooklyn, New York that specializes in elegant, minimalist nail art. The Breana sets are a neutral beige shape with line drawings that adorn the stickers.
Ciaté London Snydeark
In favor of nail art stickers, but with some creative control, Ciate’s sticker sheet is a solid choice. Paint your nails with your chosen color, or put them on your bare nails. The clear background provides space for experimentation.
Paintlab Press-On Gel nail set
A set that is nail art on actual press-on nails? Now we’re talking. You can reuse this set of nails from Paintlab again and again. Although long-term application requires nail glue, you can choose the gentler option with the included adhesive tabs.
Chillhouse Chill Tips Press-On Manicure Kit
If you were to visit Chillhouse’s flagship in New York City, a gel-nail-art manicure starts at $ 62 and goes from there. However, these stick on tips are only $ 16 and have salon signature graphics but minimalist aesthetics.
Manime’s nail stickers are on the more expensive side, but they are also the cadillac for nail stickers. Before clicking on the box, take some photos of your nails, which are used to customize the stickers. In my personal experience, it has meant long lasting, easier to apply manicure. The brand’s nail art opportunities are too so big, and often includes collaborations with celeb-loving nail artists.
Orly x Lisa Frank Nail Wraps
Lisa Frank nail stickers will make you the happiest you’ve been since the Scholastic Book Fair. Orly is a brand that usually makes high quality polishes so these nail stickers are the same. For an extra Y2K boost, finish your DIY manicure with Orly x Lisa Frank Iridescent Top Coat.
Scratches of freshly picked cuticles
A fresh bouquet of flowers at your fingertips, this $ 10 set is evocative of the romantic flowers of Liberty London and Rifle Paper. These stickers come on a transparent bottom if you want to zhuzh up your manicure with an undercoat (I suggest glitter).