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We get it. This looks like a lot of work. But don't worry, darling it only gets easier! It's like riding a bike -- once you've got it, you won't forget it!

Our step-by-step instructions tell you exactly what you need to know. So take your time and learn the steps and you'll be applying the product like a pro! And if you're still wondering if you can do it: Yes 👏 You 👏 Can 👏 Girl 👏! If even the guys in the MANIKO team can do it, so can you!

How To Apply Maniko Nail Polish Strips

STEP 1: Push back cuticles
A perfect manicure only works with a perfect base! Push back your cuticles with a cuticle stick and remove the thin layer of cuticle on the nail bed.

Because MANIKO Nail Polish Strips belong on the nail, not on the cuticle! This way you ensure a wear time of up to 14 days.
Clean your nails with the MANIKO Nail Polish Remover or an alcohol pad for a clean, grease-free nail surface.
After the pre-treatment of your nails, apply a layer of our nourishing Base Coat, which dries in just a few seconds.

If your nails are very brittle or stressed by gel, we recommend applying two thin layers of our Base Coat. In this way the nail is treated with important nutrients while wearing our Nail Polish Strips.

Let the layers dry well before applying your Nail Polish Strips!
Choose from 8 different sizes of strips to ensure the best fit to your nail. The numbers in the middle work as a size indication and help you to find the right nail polish strip quickly and easily.

If you are unsure between two sizes, choose the smaller size for natural nails. With gel or acrylic nails, you should choose the larger size because of the nail curvature.

Tip: If you can't find the right size, you can also cut each nail strip individually with nail scissors.
Remove the transparent protective film and peel the nail polish strip from its backing. Place the nail polish strip on your nail and press it down from the middle towards the tip of your nail.
Cut off the excess with nail scissors. Be careful not to cut too close to the edge of the nail so that you can still fold the end over. Depending on the nail length, you can use the other half of the nail polish strip for a second nail.
Fold the excess nail strip under your nail tip so that the nail edge is completely covered with nail polish. Be careful not to pull the nail polish strip over the tip of the nail too strongly. This is the best way to ensure clean nail edges.
Carefully file off the folded end horizontally underneath the tip of your nail with the MANIKO Glass Nail File.

Avoid filing in different directions in order not to damage the nail polish strip. Also avoid filing the nail polish strip vertically, as the up and down motion can cause file dust to get under the nail polish strip.
Finish your manicure by sealing it with a thin layer of the MANIKO Top Coat. Avoid applying two or more layers of our Top Coat in a row! Don't forget to additionally seal the nail edge to avoid tip wear.
Do your nails need a retouch after a few days? Simply file off the nail edge a little and seal your manicure again with a thin layer of the MANIKO Top Coat.
Do not pull the nail polish strips off your nails. If your nails are thin, heavily stressed or brittle, the nail plate can be strained and weakened. Our Nail Polish Strips can be removed easily and gently with our acetone-free nail polish remover. Its special formula is effective in removing nail polish without drying out the nail due to ingredients such as apricot kernel oil, glycerin and aloe vera.
Take a cotton pad and soak it with MANIKO Nail Polish Remover. Place the pad on your nail and let it sit a few seconds. Then wipe over your nail with light pressure and in circular movements until the top layer of paint is dissolved. Then you can easily wipe the nail polish strip off the nail.
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  • 2 packs of MANIKO nail polish strips in the color of your choice
  • MANIKO top coat
  • MANIKO nail polish remover
  • MANIKO glass nail file
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