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Tutorial: How to Apply Sally Hansen Nail Strips

Last night I posted a review of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Cut It Out.  I've always liked these strips as they wear well, come in interesting patterns and let you get two manis per pack.  I did, however, have questions on the best way to apply them as if you don't do it properly, they won't stay.  

 First up, your tools.  You'll need nail polish remover (any kind), cotton pad, the strips and the included cuticle stick and nail file.  I couldn't find the stick so I used another I had on hand. 


 Eek, my nails are terribly stains.  For science, so please don't look too long :)

 This, in my opinion, is the most important step.  Even if you have clean nails, rub each of them thoroughly in nail polish remover.  Any oils or hand cream will mean that your strips won't stick.

 Here's the range of sizes you get in the pack.  I personally use the second, third, fourth and sixth for my fingers and each of the seventh and eighth for my thumbs.  Keep reading for how to get two hands out of eight strips. 

Choose your strip and remove the plastic film (not pictured).  Separate the strip from the backing paper and fold back about half way. 

 Apply to your finger!  Just stick it lightly on at first, making sure it's straight.  Then, keeping the backing attached, cut the strip in half and save it for a moment.

 You'll now have a strip slightly longer than your nail.  Using your cuticle stick, push the strip all the way around the edges, almost pushing it under your cuticles.  The wooden strip is sharp enough that if you have extra, you can score the strip and remove the excess.

 Fold the strip over the edge of your nail.  Press the strip flat so that there are no bubbles and the end of your nail is clearly visible. 

Taking the nail file, rub it gently over the end of your nail and the extra should come off.  

 A better view of the strip as it's first applied. 

Press in around your cuticles and smooth flat and fold over the nail.

Done!

Repeat for each and nail and there you have it!

The verdict:  Application does take a little practice but I was able to apply this whole set in about 15 minutes.  I certainly couldn't do this pattern by hand! These last a really long time too, and no drying time!

Comments

  1. Thank you thank you so much for this!
    Now I know how I will be applying the ones I just bought! I'll post about it when I do it!

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  2. Also this!!
    http://www.justaddpolish.com/2012/01/salon-effects.html

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  3. Tried these - easy enoguh to get on, but gettig them off was almost impossible. I gave up on using remover and just chipped them off.

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