Application Instructions and Hints & Tips
How to best apply our Strips:
We found the simple illustration below best describes to apply the Nail Polish Strips. If you have any further questions, please reach out to us here
Please note that when applying our LITE range of strips, the silver tab is not perforated. Please trim with scissors if you would like to use that end of the strip.
Below are our Tips for the best application:
1. Push back cuticles and wipe well with the included alcohol wipe; to remove any dirt, oils or lotions (make sure that the Strips are not touching skin or cuticles, as this will cause the Strips to lift and/or crack). It’s always better to size down slightly rather than to use a strip that is too large.
2. The best time to apply your strips is at nighttime before bed (and after a bath/shower). Even though the Strips are completely dry to the touch, the adhesive still needs a few hours to fully cure. It's best not to wash your hands/apply lotions for an hour or two after application.
3. If you want to apply at any other time of the day thats perfect too! Just avoid washing your hands or keeping your hands submerged in water for a few hours after application.
4. Always file in a downwards motion only and try not to file off too much at the tip (this can sometimes happen depending on how you angle the file). Strips can sometimes shrink slightly, like regular nail polish does when it dries and if you angle the file too far forward, it can look like you already have the tip wear on the first day.
5. As our Strips are made from 100% real nail polish, try to avoid being too hard on your nails and using your nails as "tools". If you do a lot of cleaning/washing up, try to use gloves to get the best longevity out of your manicure.
You can also apply a Top Coat or a Gel Top Coat (although this isn't necessary). Some people find this helps their manicure last much longer. We also have a clear strip that we like to use as a Top Coat which works great and can be found here.
NOTE: Some Top Coats do not react well to strips, so always test it on ONE nail and wait to see that it does not cause any cracking/peeling or lifting before applying to the rest of your manicure. We recommend using Sally Hanson’s Miracle gel top coat (no uv light needed)
6. Our different ranges of nail strips apply differently as all the finishes are made up of different formulas however please contact us if you receive a set that is dried out, cracks when applying, or does not want to stick at all. We want to make sure you have the best experience possible and will work with you to achieve the best possible application.