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Nail Water Decals

Anyone who knows me will know that I love nail polish, and everything that goes with it. I like my nails to look pretty. I get excited when new products come out and love experimenting with things I haven’t tried before.

Water decals is one of those things – they’ve been around for a while, but I’ve never ventured into that territory. What are water decals, you may ask? Remember temporary tattoos you’d have as a child? They work like that but you tattoo your nails. Hail The Nail is a website which sells loads of different designs. My favourites were the crosses, bows and moustaches (gotta love a bit of ‘tasche art!), and here’s how it went…

The decals come in a sheet form, with different sizes on to fit your nails. There are 20 decals to a sheet, so, depending on the size of your nails – you could have enough there to wear twice.

They aren’t pre-cut, so you need to cut out the decal that you need. I used the cross decals first, and it became evident that I should have cut more closely around the actual design. 

You then put it into water, leave it for 30 seconds and it will slip off from the backing paper. At this point, you put it over your dry (in the end I’d paint my nails at night and apply the decals the following day) nail polish, and once it’s dried off, apply a topcoat or clear polish over the top. A top tip is to make sure you get the edges and corners of the decal stuck down using your topcoat, otherwise the free edge will catch on something and pull off. It needs to be flush to the nail.

You can see on the cross nails, where I hadn’t cut close enough to the design.

By the time I’d done the bows, I was getting better – it was a nice non-fiddly one to cut round!

And by this time I was a pro!

It is quite a fiddly process and took me about 10 minutes to do, but I think it’s a great way to add some art to your nails!

Have you tried water decals before? What do you think?!


  1. Anonymous
    April 26, 2012 / 1:09 pm

    The last one is really cute!

  2. May 2, 2012 / 11:03 am

    Ah, I NEED those mo's in my life! I wonder if I can find them in Australia?
    Love to blog, have added to my GFC x

  3. May 31, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    Love the blog dear (:

    Newest follower!!

    xoxo Effy

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