Summer Nail Stickers Will Give You an Instant Mani

The less time spent on your mani means more time at the beach.

Pink, green, white, negative space manicure

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To say we love summer nail stickers would be a gross understatement. Not only do these decorative adhesives allow anyone — including those of us with unsteady hands — to pull off DIY nail art, but they take mere minutes to apply. A quick and easy mani that doesn't compromise on style, nail stickers are the summer nail trend we've been waiting for. Ahead, we tap two nail experts who break down how to use nail decals, plus share our most-loved nail stickers to inspire your next manicure.

Keep scrolling for our favorite summer nail stickers and how to apply them, according to the pros.

How to Apply Nail Stickers

  1. Apply a base coat. Whether you want a clear foundation or prefer to pack on the color, paint your favorite lacquer on clean, dry nails.
  2. Let it dry. "To ensure great placement we like to wipe the nail with a dry cloth to ensure there is no dust or fuzz that could be stuck under the sticker," says Olivia Van Iderstine, Olive & June's Mani Trend Expert and VP of Content & Creative.
  3. Pick and place the sticker. Simply peel them off the plastic sheet they come packaged in and press them onto your desired nail.
  4. Apply a top coat. This will seal in the sticker to ensure it doesn't quickly peel off. "If you use nail stickers on regular nail polish, apply two layers of top coat and apply a top coat three days after the initial application of the decal to prolong the sticker," suggests Jin Soon Choi, a runway nail artist and founder of her eponymous nail care brand and salons.

Shop Our Favorite Nail Stickers

JINsoon Star Signs Nail Art Appliqué

jinsoon nail art stickers zodiac


To shop: $12,

Whether you're a crab or a ram, an archer or a lion, you'll find a decal of your zodiac sign here.

Olive & June Shimmery Stars Nail Art Stickers

Olive & June nail art stickers stars


To shop: $8,

Remind everyone that you're the star of the show with these tiny metallic stars that scream "main character energy" in the prettiest way possible.

Gucci Nail Art Stickers

gucci nail art stickers


To shop: $20,

This one's for all the material girls out there who truly love to wear head-to-toe designer.

Lights Lacquer 3D Pearl Stickers

nail stickers lights lacquer pearl decals

Courtesy of Lights Lacquer

To shop: $7,

Pearl-core is all the rage — and what better time to dress up your tips than the present?

Ciaté London Block Party Nail Art Kit

Ciate London colorful half-moon nail stickers


To shop: $18,

Playful manis will always find their place in our nail art rotation, and these stickers make achieving the half-moon look so much easier.

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