How do I use Nail Vinyls?
Nail vinyls are meant to be used as a guide, or stencil, and not as a “permanent” part of your nail art.
However, some of the vinyls can be used as a sticker 🙂
- Begin with a good base coat and then paint your nails with 1 or 2 coats of your base color
- Allow this color to dry. This step is very important. Personally, I prefer a fast drying top coat. Most of them will dry the nail and prepare it for the next step in about 10 minutes. (Without a true quick dry top coat, you may have lifting of the base color even if it’s allowed to dry for hours. This is due to the ingredients in some nail polish that prevents it from completely drying).
- Using tweezers, lift the nail vinyl from the sheet and place on your nail however you wish. Before you press the edges onto your skin, use the back of your tweezers to press the vinyl to the edges of your nail around your cuticle. This step prevents color bleeding under your vinyl.
- Paint your nail, directly over the vinyls, with your second color. Do not apply this too thick or it could potentially run once the vinyls are removed.
- While this second color is still wet, use tweezers to gently lift the vinyl from your nail. Do this carefully and slowly as to not disturb the design.
- Apply top coat and Voila! Easiest nail art ever!
- (Remember to use a top coat that will not smear your nail art!)
Can I reuse the Nail Vinyls?
Unfortunately not, once they have been used they will not be able to be reused. Polish is a solvent and it will change the shape and form of the vinyl.
(If you are having trouble getting your vinyl to stick, This can happen if you have used a base color or top coat that leaves an oily residue on the nail. This can also come from touching your nails. Quickly swipe over the nail with some rubbing alcohol and avoid touching the surface of the nail. )
Can I use the Nail Vinyls with Gel??
- Paint your gel base coat; cure.
- Paint whatever base color you want to use. Cure.
- Wipe the nail you are going to place the vinyl on with alcohol to remove the tacky layer, then place your vinyl. (This is the most important step because if you leave the tacky layer on, the sticker will move and lift and you won’t get the nice clean edges.)
- Paint over the sticker as you would with regular polish; cure.
- Repeat step 4 as many times as necessary to get the coverage you desire.
- Remove the sticker. I use a pointy pair of tweezers to do this. It can be a little tough to find the edges because the gel is already hard, but you don’t really need to worry about messing the polish up because it is already cured. Any minor dings or dents will be smoothed over when you put your top coat on.
- Apply your gel top coat and cure.
- Wipe with alcohol to remove final tacky layer and you’re done!
How do I use the Stickers?
- Clean the area thoroughly with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
- Prepare the sticker for application by firmly rubbing a credit card across the clear transfer tape. This removes any air bubbles that may have formed and makes the sticker cling to the transfer tape.
- Peel the white paper backing off the sticker. If the sticker clings to the backing, slowly replace the paper backing and repeat Step 2.
- Slowly lower the sticker onto the surface and rub it in place firmly with a credit card.
- Slowly peel the clear transfer tape off at an angle. Be careful not to pull the sticker off the surface. If sticker pulls away from the surface repeat Step 4.
*For best results do not apply a sticker in extreme hot or cold temperatures.
Please practice patience when applying stickers.