Manicure Monday: London Calling

With British mania sparked by the upcoming Olympic Games in London, I absolutely had to create a manicure inspired by the hype.

I’ve had this Manicure Monday planned for months, ever since Editor-in-Chief Kristine sent me Rimmel London’s Instant Art Press On Color nail stickers with a British flag pattern.  I knew I had to save them to make a special manicure dedicated to the London Olympics.  I’ve actually been holding onto them since April.  Clearly, that was a bad idea because when I sat down to start my mani, I realized that the nail stickers were dried out.  If I bent them, they cracked in half.  And they didn’t stick.  I had to brainstorm a new idea for my London-inspired mani.  Read on to learn how I brought life back into my dried out nail stickers!

I needed time to think, so I started off with a regular manicure.  After my base coat of Seche Natural, I applied two coats of China Glaze‘s Poinsettia.  It’s the perfect true-red color.  Then I continued to think.

There were two problems with the dried-out nail stickers.

  1. They didn’t stick anymore.
  2. They cracked if you bent them.

I had to figure out a way to make them stick and a way for me not to have to bend them over my nails.  I decided that I needed to cut the nail stickers smaller, so they wouldn’t crack.  I cut each nail sticker in half to and placed the halves on each ring finger and thumb, as accents.  If your base color polish is still even a little wet, the stickers should stick regardless of whether they’ve dried out or not.  If your base color is dry, place a drop of clear polish under the sticker and lay it on your nail.  To seal the sticker, apply a quick-dry top coat like Seche Vite and use a manicure stick to quickly press down all the corners and sides of the sticker.

This mani may not have turned out exactly the way I planned, but it’s not too shabby for a last-minute DIY transformation!

About Kathleen Tower

Kathleen is the style editor for The Collabor-eight. She's a 23-year-old true Jersey girl; big hair, bigger heart. Her passion for beauty and makeup started with an internship at Seventeen Magazine and has grown ever since. After graduating from Villanova, she turned her love for Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter into a full-time job as a social media coordinator! When she's not at work, she's browsing everywhere from the Internet to the streets for her own "Manicure Monday" inspiration. She believes that true style comes from a mix of high and low, designer and drugstore, expensive splurges and nearly steals!

3 comments on “Manicure Monday: London Calling

  1. Love it! I still feel bad that they dried out, but this is a fun, creative fix.

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