& Make Them LAST
by Miranda Mendelson
Nail strips, or nail wraps, are a polish alternative that stick onto the nail to add color or patterns.
Dashing Diva makes my favorite nail strips, which last up to 14 days, and don't damage the nails.
After trimming and shaping your nails, prep for strip application by removing any dirt and oil. Many strips come with a prep pad, but you can also use acetone.
Find the size that fits your nail best, then press it onto the nail from the cuticle up to the tip. Keep pressing in the direction of your tip to work out any air bubbles or buckling.
Once you've smoothed out the nail strip, fold the excess over the tip of your nail, then use a nail file on the tip which will detach the extra material. Continue to gently file to smooth the edge of your nail.
Here's how they look freshly applied. I personally think Dashing Diva strips look the most natural and lay the flattest out of all that I've tried.
Here's what they look like one week after application. There is only slight tip wear. These usually last me about 9-10 days before I feel like I need to replace them.