Back before color gel was all the rage, the Minx manicure dominated the lives of nail divas. These pricey nail stickers had zero dry time, lasted two to three weeks, and peeled off. Minx may have been a short lived trend due to its steep cost, but it made way for brands like Sally Hansen and Sephora to create easy-to-apply, inexpensive sets of nail stickers and gems. Now, for less than $20, you can change up your manicure as often as you change your outfit. These 10 must-try nail stickers will make your digits the hottest part of summer.
Sephora by OPI Trend Tips in Gold & Purple Ombre
Ombre isn’t just for your hair. These glittery gold and purple ombre nail stickers create dramatic sparkle with minimal effort. Strips are made of real lacquer, so you’ll get the same high-gloss shine as a real manicure. Each pack includes 16 strips designed to fit all nails (plus, there’s plenty of backup for mistakes). Simply choose which strip best fits your nail bed, stick on (be sure to smooth out bubbles or bumps), and tear off at top of your nail, no file necessary. This design is also available in silver and blue.
$12 at Sephora.
Betsy Johnson Trend Tips in Lips
Betsey Johnson brings the fun, flirty prints that made her clothing and accessories famous to nails everywhere with this limited edition set of nail stickers (made for Sephora). Decorate all ten of your fingers with this pink pattern, or save this print for your “flash” or “party” nail (usually the ring finger of both hands) to turn a classic manicure on its head.
$7 at Sephora.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Love Letter
As Sally Hansen says these nail strips wear “like nail polish because it IS nail polish.” In a beautiful script, the words of a love letter play out across your nails. Strips should last for up to ten days, making them a great gift for the literary buff or writer in your life.
$9.99 at Ulta.
Butter London Nail Skins in Leopard
For just $5, try your hand(s) at Butter London’s furry-looking leopard pattern. With 12 pre-cut nail strips, these stickers give you a little wiggle room to achieve your perfect ten.
$5 at Ulta.
Elegant Touch Blind Nail Wraps in Nail Armour
The latest trend in nail art is 3-D texture. From gems to decals, sometimes your manicure is all about what you’ve added to it. These nail wraps in Nail Armour consist of gold “bling candy sprinkles” on a clear base that look great alone or when layered over any color.
$6.99 at Ulta.
Nail Fraud Do It Yourself Nail Decals in Red and White Dots
Give your manicure a vintage feel with this red and white polka dot pattern. This kit comes with two sets of 20 nails (so you can find your ideal fit), and an emory board with case. Select the right size, place nail strip on top of your nail (from bottom) and file off any excess.
$7.49 at Beauty.com.
Inspired Nails Pink Cupcake Nail Art
These nail decals decorated with a pink cupcake pattern look good enough to eat. Super-thin decals are sized for fingers and toes, so your mani and pedi can match. Layer over a bright base coat for maximum color, then apply a clear top coat to seal the decal.
$10 at Etsy.
Hail the Nails English Rose Nail Art Water Transfer Nail Decal in Pink & Peach
Take spring’s floral trend to the next level with these pink and peach nail decals. These clear water transfers can be applied over any color polish or on naked nails. Simply trim the transfer to fit your nail, place in water for 30 seconds and slide the backing paper onto your nail. Once you’ve decided on placement, dab any excess water off, allow to dry and seal with a clear top coat.
$3.20 at Etsy.
Cha Cha Covers African Lollipop Summer Tribal Stripes Nail Decals
Nothing says summer like a bright geometric print... especially on your nails. This set of water decals add an easy pop of color to any outfit. When preserved under a top coat, these can last up to a week.
$5 at Etsy.
Kate Broughton Cocktail Nail Transfers
With cocktail decals on your nails, anytime can be happy hour. Don a martini, margarita, Bloody Mary and more with Kate Broughton’s illustrations layered over polish or worn on naked nails. Slap on a top coat to protect them from wear and tear.
$4.75 at Etsy.