I've been getting regular Calgel manicures for over a year now. Some people say gel manicures are dangerous, but what can I say? I don't smoke or do drugs and rarely drink, so I have to find a way to get the pulse racing every now and again.
When it comes to my fingers, I'm a bit of a creature of habit. I love glitter (NO KIDDING!) and so whenever I get my nails done, I usually just pick a color of glitter and let them have it.
But I'm not entirely opposed to new things. My manicurist, from the amazing Sakura Nails here in New York, recently convinced me to give these fantastic stickers a try. My last manicure consisted of stars, hearts and skulls.
I mean, really.
Yesterday, she showed me these psychedelic doily nail stickers. I couldn't resist. I think they're so Granny Takes A Trip, and I was massively inspired by Alison's piece encouraging us to be crazy old ladies while we're still young.
I tried to find to where they buy their nail stickers in a subsequent phone call, but she was tight-lipped about where they came from. My guess is somewhere really cool and top secret in Japan.
But if you'd like to give nail stickers a try, you can buy them online and do it at home. Some of the coolest stickers I've seen are sold on Etsy. I adore these comic book word bubbles, typography nail stickers and chevron nail stickers. There's even Morrissey nail stickers. Amazing.
I also think there are a lot of fun opportunities in spelling out words across your nails -- like knuckle tattoos but with less chance of turning your mother's hair entirely white. You can give it a shot with these LOVE/HATE block letters, though I am sure you can find a regular alphabet set somewhere!
The trick to applying a good nail sticker is to stick it onto a smooth surface, so buff your nails and paint them as neatly as you can manage beforehand. You might also want to use a toothpick to help move the sticker & press out any air bubbles. Once you have it in position, cover it with a couple of layers of clear top coat. Then go out and waggle your fingers precariously close to people's eyeballs.