So you’ve taken the plunge and purchased your first set of Color Street nail polish strips. Now what do you do? Color Street is an easy product to apply and wear, but sometimes it is helpful to start with a few tips. This beginner’s guide to Color Street will show you how to use Color Street to get you the perfect application right away. This helps to avoid any issues that will keep you from loving the product as much as you should. Shall we dig right in?
Updated September 11, 2023
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Color Street Application Tips
Color Street application is easy, but the beginner’s guide to Color Street will teach you a couple Color Street tips that will make your first experience with it better. These are general tips for all Color Street designs, but there are slightly different tips for french tip Color Street nails.
What to DO
- DO wash your hands with soap and water or use the alcohol pads on your fingers before touching the strips. If you have any oil on your hands just like on your nail beds, it will affect the application and your strips will not last as long.
- DO push your cuticles back before you apply Color Street. You can use a cuticle pusher or simply use your nail.
- DO hold the strip in the middle for more control when applying to your nail. Don’t be afraid to touch the strip if you’ve washed your hands/nails properly.
- DO apply strips to your pinky fingers first. If you start with your thumbs and then use them to break the strips off at the tips, you risk ripping the strips or chipping them.
- DO file in a downward motion (not side to side) to remove any excess nail strip at the tip.
What NOT to do
- DO NOT file from left to right. This can tear your strips at the tip as it has not had a chance to set completely yet.
- DO NOT get the strip on the cuticle. This will allow for lifting at the edge of the strip which can lead to chipping.
When applying any type of nail polish strip, the nail prep before is always the most important step.
Color Street is 100% nail polish and all you need to remove it is some nail polish remover of any type! You can use basic acetone nail polish remover or even non-acetone remover. This beginner’s guide to Color Street recommends this non acetone nail polish remover as it is much gentler on your nails while still working effectively! Color Street also makes a fantastic non-acetone nail polish remover.
What to DO
- DO allow the nail polish remover to sit on the nail for a couple minutes. Color Street has 3 layers of nail polish and it can take some time for the remover to work. If you are using non-acetone remover expect it to take a little bit longer.
- DO rinse your hands with water after using acetone. The longer acetone stays on the nail, the more damage you will see such as peeling and weakness.
What NOT to do
- DO NOT pick the strips off of your nail. Doing this will damage the nail, so I caution you to resist the urge! Use these nail clips instead!
I have written a more detailed instruction on the best ways to remove Color Street if you need more guidance.
Extra Tips and Reminders
30 Minute Wait Time:
Color Street application does not require any heat, but it is does take about 30 minutes to fully cure or dry on your nail. In that time, do not submerge your hands in water or to put on any lotions or oils. In this time, the nail polish strip will slightly shrink as well. Don’t confuse this shrinkage with chipping.
It is also not recommended to apply Color Street with cold hands or with strips that are cold. If you do not live in a cold climate, this will be less of an issue. Your strips will not be damaged by the cold and you can bring them to room temperature before you apply them. If your hands are cold, warm them under water and dry thoroughly before application. The same can be said about heat. Do not leave them in your car when it is extremely hot, leave them in direct sunlight, or LED lighting.
One Time Use:
Color Street is made of nail polish and as soon as you open the packaging the strips will start to dry out. It was meant to be a one time use product. However, I have detailed ways to save any unused strips for later use and get more than one manicure out of a set.
Taking A Break
It has been mentioned multiple times in the beginner’s guide to Color Street how these are made out of nail polish. Therefore, it is still important to give your nails a break as you would with any other polish. Make sure to use cuticle oil or a strengthener during that time as well. Typically, I take about a week in between because my nails aren’t perfect to begin with.
If you have weaker nails already, I recommend using a base coat prior to applying any Color Street strip. This will strengthen the nail and keep a barrier between the nail polish and your nail surface.
Still have some questions that the beginner’s guide to Color Street didn’t answer for you? Leave a commend and I will help answer any and all questions! However, the best way to learn how to use Color Street nail strips is to simply start wearing them! These tips will definitely help fine tune your application, but everyone’s nails are different. Some tips will work better than others depending on your type of nails.
Also, for application videos, please refer here!
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