Hooray! You have Color Street! Now it’s time to go through that process: how to apply Color Street nail polish strips. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to get the best manicure with Color Street.
Color Street is 100% nail polish that is 95% dry already – it’s 5% wet, so it can finish drying – or “cure” to your nail. It comes in the form of a “strip” so that you can easily apply it. The process of applying Color Street isn’t necessarily difficult. It’s just different from what you may be used to. Never fear, follow these steps and you’ll be a Color Street application pro in no time.
Step 1: Choose your strip.
This might be one of the hardest steps! There are so many amazing choices. No matter your style, there is Color Street for that – glitters, solids, patterns – even French tips.
For this post, I chose Made in Milan, a deep, dark solid with brown and burgundy shimmer undertones.
Step 2: Prepare Your Nails
This is relatively simple: if you need to clip or shape your nails, now is the time.
Protip: use your nail clippers to reduce nail length, rather than using an emery board. Need a good set of clippers? Grab these on Amazon – a good set of nail clippers will change your manicure routine. Emery boards should be used for final shaping, not for shortening nail length.
Step 3: Match Strips to Your Nails
Each package of Color Street nail strips comes with 2 sheets of 8 double-sided strips. That means that you have 16 different sizes to choose from. Simply match the strips to your cuticles to find ones that are the perfect fit.
Note: Each package is intended for 1-time use.
Step 4: Wipe Your Nails Clean
When you open your Colore Street package, you’ll find three things:
- Packet of nail strips
- 2 alcohol prep pads
- 1 miniature nail file
Use one of the alcohol prep pads to wipe away any natural oils away from your nail bed. This allows the strip to better adhere to your nail, which will create a longer-lasting manicure.
Step 5: Remove Clear Top & Peel the Nail Polish Strip from the Paper Backing
Now you’re ready to start applying! Tear apart the nail strips. It is best to start from the pinkie finger and go outward to your thumbs. Lay out the strips as needed for all your fingers so you can apply quickly.
Each nail strip comes with a clear plastic top (to keep it from drying out) and the nail polish strips are on a paper backing, like a sticker.
Step 6: Place Strip on Your Nail
Carefully line up the strip with your cuticle, and set it on the nail. If you mess up, it’s ok! You can reposition the strip if needed (as long as you haven’t pressed it down yet).
Step 7: Press Strip Down
Starting at the base of the nail, closest to your cuticle, gently press down on the nail strip. Slide your thumb down the center of the nail until you reach the tip. Then, smooth the strip down from the center to the side. There will be excess at the bottom – hang tight; we’re getting to that.
Step 8: Tuck the Bottom Edges
Use your thumbnail to tuck the bottom of the strip under the edge of your nail (this is why you should do your thumbs last).
Tip: if you are applying a glitter set with chunky glitter, you can use sharp nail clippers to trim the glitter.
Step 9: Wipe Nail with Included Alcohol Wipe
As a final step, use the included nail wipe on the finished application. This helps the polish cure slightly faster.
There you have it – now you know how to apply Color Street nail polish strips. What did you think – easy? Will this be your new nail polish go-to? Now, it’s time to learn how to take it off. Click HERE to see my blog post about Color Street nail polish strip removal.