Today I want to give some tips on how to use water decals for easy and lasting manicure.
First, color your nails.
Water decals stick best on painted nails. Tip! If you are using whole nail water decals, paint your nail in a color as close to the nail decal shade as possible. This way if there is some inconsistency between the decal shape and your nails it won’t show too much.
Second, soak the decal into water.
Most decals take 10 to 20 seconds to get saturated with the right amount of water. You are aiming to get the decal off its base with a gentle touch. If it comes off easily, you are ready to proceed. If it is hard to get the decal off, soak it in water for 5 to 10 more seconds. Tip! Do not try to pull the decal because this will most probably tear it and ruin the design.
Then, place the decal onto your nail.
By this time decal should be sticky and easy to position onto your nail. Try to get it as close to cuticles as possible and gently push the design onto your nail. Do not worry if you have too much excess around your nails, decals are made huge so that they can fit all nail lengths and widths. Take a fine file and gently file off the excess, it should come off easily without any pressure and with a few touches.
Last, seal your design with top coat.
Last phase is to put your long lasting top coat on. Make sure to cover areas on the sides of your nail, close to the cuticles and the very nail tips. This will ensure that your manicure will last. Nail decals do not wear off, do not fade and do not chip. I have made an experiment to wear the same decal for 2 weeks, just adding a n extra top coat every few days.
This is a nail design I made for this tutorial. I love to use a contrasting color for my main manicure color, I think decals are most noticeable and have a maximum impact this way.
Water nail art decals
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Marshmallow Heaven, number 702
L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base and top coat
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my wedding water decals nail art tutorial!.