Water Slide Decals Nail Art Tutorial

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Succulents are really the ultimate plant. They are beautiful and unique while being easy to care for because they can survive long periods without water. There's a variety of ways to display these ornamental plants as well, which adds to their charm. A mix of them potted in a simple planter, hung in a group of glass terrariums, or arranged into a living wreath are all gorgeous presentations.

In this post, I'll show you how to wear a succulent design on your nails using water slide decals. These nail art stickers are really easy to apply and I think it's pretty fun to do, too. Born Pretty Store offers lots of cute designs at great prices. Get an additional 10% off with coupon code PA10K31.

Learn how it's done after the jump.

Water Slide Decals Nail Art Tutorial

For this tutorial, you will need:

Base coat (I used Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat)
Nail polish (I used OPI Gwen Stefani Collection Nail Lacquer in Love.Angel.Music.Baby)
Nail polish remover
Cotton balls or swabs
Orangewood stick or nail clean up pen
Waterslide decals (I used Born Pretty Water Decals in Colorful Rainbow Flower)
Scissors
Small bowl of warm water
Top coat (I used Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat)

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1. After prepping nails and wiping them clean with nail polish remover, apply a base coat to all nails.

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2. Paint 2 coats of a base color and wait for nails to thoroughly dry. If you decals cover your entire nail and are opaque, you can skip this step.

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3. Remove decals from the packaging and remove the protective film.

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4. Cut out the decals and, if necessary (based on design), trim them to fit. A small pair of curved grooming scissors works well for this task.

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5. Now grab a small bowl of warm water. Working one at a time, submerge the decal for about 10 seconds.

6. Remove it from the water with tweezers and slide the decal off the backing. Dip your nail into the water and place the design.

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7. Pat dry with a paper towel and then use a blow dryer to finish the job.

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8. Once dry, carefully and gently remove the excess by dragging an emery board in a downward motion along the tip of your nail.

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9. Apply a top coat to all nails.

Optional, but fun:

pinkiesFor my pinkie nails, I trimmed all the way around one of the succulents in the design. These turned out to be my favorite 2 nails!

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