Be sure your fingernails are thoroughly clean and free of moisture before applying stickers. This goes for polished and bare nails along with gel or shellac nails. If your nail polish is not totally dry, the sticker may not affix correctly or lift wet nail polish up from the nail. If you have gel/shellac nails, make sure you cure your last layer of gel prior to applying stickers.
Make use of tweezers to lift your preferred nail stickers from their backing sheet. Never touch the sticky part of the sticker with fingers, which may decrease the gluiness of the nail decals.
Place nail stickers very gently on the nail bed – when you are completely satisfied with their placement, only then press it down with a silicone tool.
Smooth sticker on from the middle to the sides, whenever applying it over a nail. This may get rid of any air bubbles stuck under the sticker, which may result in slight bubbling in the topcoat. Use a silicon tool to do it, it’s a lot more gentle on a sticker as compared with an orange stick, and its soft surface guarantees the sticker adheres to nails fully without any wrinkles or air pockets.
Trim the sides of the sticker (once applied over a nail) to ensure it will fit flawlessly and follows your nail shape (free edge) or nail bed. If you’re making use of the sticker right at the edge of the nail or at the nail bed, place your sticker so it’s going over the free edge/polish and then cut the excess with cuticle nippers to guarantee the decal follows your nail shape or nail bed accurately.
Apply two coats of a topcoat (or gel/shellac topcoat) over the full nail and the stickers to seal and protect nail decals. This will additionally make your manicure go longer and smooth out the edges from the stickers.
Color your nails with a base or clear nail polish prior to applying the decals, if you’re doing a negative space layout or applying decals over bare nails. Because your nails develop their own natural skin oils, nail stickers won’t hold well except if nails are polished.