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If this were a natural nail I would prep the nail and add a base coat. But since it's not, I started by painting two nails black, two outlined in black, and one black french tip as pictured above. I did two coats of polish on each nail. If you're using gel polish, cure in between each layer in an LED/UV lamp. If using regular polish, make sure it's completely dry before moving on to the next coat.
Use scissors and cut the water transfer to your desired length and shape.
Use your tweezers to remove the protective sheet off of the transfer. Do not skip this step! The transfer will just stick to the plastic and it'll be ruined.
Put the transfer into the water with the paper side facing down. I use a lint free wipe in my water tray as well. You don't have to do that but I find the transfers easier to work with when they're not completely submerged in the water. Do what works best for you.
After about 30 seconds the transfer should be ready. Slowly slide the design off of the paper. If it does not slide off easily, put it back in the water for another 30 seconds.
Place the transfer onto the nail. Press down gently to remove any wrinkles and extra moisture that may be underneath the transfer. Let it dry. Apply a top coat. You could stop there, but I gotta add some studs!
To add the studs you can use nail glue if you're using regular polish. If gel, add a top coat layer and place the gems and cure. Add another layer of gel top coat around the studs to secure them and cure again. Wipe off the tacky layer with a lint free wipe and isopropyl alcohol.
Transfers are an easy to use, flawless, diy mani product even beginners can apply! If you haven't already got them, check out more designs here.
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The design possibilities are endless. Here's another design made possible by water transfers:
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