What are water-slide decals?
Water slide (or slip decals) are water mounted decals printed face up and rely on the dextrose corn sugar residue from the decal paper to bond the decal transfer to a surface. The paper also has a layer of glucose film added prior to the dextrose layer which give it the adhesion properties, the dextrose layer give the decal the ability to slide off the paper and onto the surface. Nail Apparel only used the best quaity materials available! For those of us who arent as talented -or patient - as Robin Moses these nail decals are a godsend!! Looks and feels like designs are virtually painted on.
Are Nail Apparel decals better than 'stickers'?
Many of my customers have tried other traditional 'stickers' on their nails and although they look great to begin with ..they just don't last. Stickers will snag, lose adhesiveness and get caught on clothing and hair. They aren't smoothe and contoured on the surface of the nail. For this reason stickers are best left for decorating paper ..not nails.
Nail Apparel decals are only 22 microns thin and will contour to the shape of your nail and after applying your clear topcoat the image seems to 'melt' right into shape. For this reason these decals are set in for optimum durability.
How do I apply my nail decals?
Nail Apparel water-slide decals are so easy to apply. Unlike 'stickers' they are micro-thin, conform to the curve of your nails and are created using high quality optimized images for sharp, clean and vivid colours. If you're trying Nail Apparel decals for the very first time ..no worries - many free samples are sent with your order. You can practice many times over before using your ordered designs! Free samples are sent with EVERY order, EVERY time.
You can apply your decals to bare nails but white/light base colours help to accent the decals and if using on bare nails using a thin clear basecoat will provide a good starting surface to ensure your designs lay nicely onto the nail.
Here are the steps to cool looking nails...
- Small Scissors
- Small Container of Luke Warm Water
- Paper Towel/Lint Free Wipes
- Clear Top Coat
- Apply a base colour of your choice and let them dry completely | I recommend using white or a light coloured polish for best results
- Cut out the nail decal as close to the design as possible
- Soak the decal in the water for approx.30-45 seconds
- Remove your soaked decal from the water w/tweezers and slide off the backing by 'pinching' with your thumb & index finger
- Position your decal on nail *pattern side up* if you need to reposition simply add a drop of water
- When you're happy with the position of your design use paper towel or your lint free wipe to gently 'dab' excess water and push out any air bubbles or wrinkles *allow to dry"
- Paint at least 2 coats of clear lacquer on top to design to seal and protect. Allow to dry
**You can also add a gel or shellac topcoat for a super shine and ultimate durability ** or decorate with some hand-painted artwork.. glitter..rhinestones ect... Use your imagination ..Sit back ..and admire!
High Quality, Chic nails without the price tag. Each pack contains more than enough decals AND in various sizes to fit your nails perfectly. Super high quality images with exceptional definition. They can be used on natural, false, acrylic, gel, shellac or stick-on nails.
Here's a great video tutorial on how to apply your decals:
What are the sizes of the adult & child decals?
Nail Apparel now offers your choice of adult or child sized sets!
Typical Sets ...... Adult : 24 decals Child: 33 decals
The following images show you approximate sizing....
Are Nail Apparel decals compatible with gels, shellacs and acrylics?
Absolutely! In fact some will even take their decal designs with them to their favourite salon. They can be embedded in a clear acrylic or a clear topcoat of gel/shellac can be applied right on top to add even more durability to your decal and lock it right in.
I have a great idea for custom decals. Can Nail Apparel do that?
Most definitely! If you have your own picture/idea for a set of custom decals please visit the 'Custom Decal Designs' page. Ideas are limitless. Nail Apparel can create ANYTHING your imagination brings to the table!!
Do you offer discounts for larger orders?
Yes. I can provide you with a price list for larger/bulk orders.
Please contact me for details