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.
- They didn’t stick anymore.
- 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!
Love it! I still feel bad that they dried out, but this is a fun, creative fix.
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