The term "nail stickers" can refer to two different types of small adhesive stickers that are applied to the nails. The first type of nail stickers are those used for decoration; these come in virtually any design, and are applied directly to bare or painted fingernails or toenails. The second type of nail stickers serve as a guide for someone trying to create a French manicure, with white tips.
This second type of nail sticker comes in a half-moon shape, and is applied on the nail below the point where the white nail polish will go. Any nail polish color can be used, but white is the most common. The nail is then painted above the nail sticker, and the sticker can then be peeled off, leaving a perfectly smooth line and a uniform appearance on each nail. These nail stickers are particularly convenient for those who want to give themselves a manicure at home, but find it difficult to paint a straight line across the tip of the nail.
A more common type of nail sticker is the decorative sticker. These are used to place a tiny image on each individual nail; one may place a sticker on every nail, or simply a few. These come in any design imaginable, and can usually be found with the manicure tools and nail polish in stores. More designs may be ordered online. These may include different shapes, such as hearts or stars, flowers, cartoon characters, or holiday themes, just to name a few.
When nail stickers are placed, it is typically a good idea to paint a thin coat of clear nail polish over them to prevent them from peeling or catching on anything. In addition to helping the stickers last longer, it allows them to really become a seamless part of the manicure. Some types of nail stickers come in a small gemstone or crystal design; with this type, it is not possible to paint over them, but they are typically made with strong adhesive, and stick quite well.
It may be a good idea to purchase a larger pack of these gemstone nail stickers than is needed, so one can be easily replaced if it falls off. Nail stickers may be applied to clean or painted nails, natural or fake nails, and can typically be easily removed with nail polish remover. To add flair and style to nails, these types of nail stickers are an excellent, simple, and inexpensive choice.