While you may be a low-maintenance mom, even you deserve a pampering sesh every now and then. Don’t be silly—yes, we mean YOU. With all the shenanigans you put up with, a few mins of self-care is not only recommended but mandatory (even if it means taking it while hiding in your closet). Beyond a bubble bath or your favorite sheet mask (we like the tingly charcoal ones), taking the time to actually do your nails is such a luxury these days. With some nail salons still not open or only offering limited appointments due to COVID-19 restrictions, having the ability to DIY your own nails with polish or nail art strips will allow you to skip the salon altogether this winter.
If you’re accustomed to painting your nails at home, then you already know the best salon-worthy nail polishes to score on a budget. Being the practical mom that you are, it’s unlikely you’d fork over $60+ for a mani/pedi when you can do it yourself. But you’ve been seeing all the mamas on Pinterest with their interesting rainbow French manis and matte gradient nails and thinking maybe you can do it, right? Well, unless you’re ambidextrous—and have all the time in the world—creating nail art from scratch probably isn’t worth the hassle. That’s where these genius gel nail stickers come in. Easy as peel, place, and go, they have a relatively small margin of error. Too impatient to wait for your nails to fully dry? The best nail polish strips are completely fuss-free and look damn good (#BraggingRights!). Give your kiddo a few unicorn coloring pages to keep them busy while you enjoy your mini nail spa time.
Check out the best nail stickers, nail appliqués, and nail polish strips of 2020 that you can apply without even leaving the comfort of your couch. It’s stick on nail polish! What better quarantine activity than an at-home mani and a glass of your favorite vino on a Friday night? These babies will stay intact even while building your kid’s bookcase. One salon tip we have to give when applying even the best nail wraps, and I can’t stress this enough: always use a top coat to seal the deal.
Best Nail Polish Strips
We totally get it: When you’re a busy mama, the last thing you have time for is waiting for your nails to dry… but now you have no excuse! Wild and sophisticated come hand and hand with this set of gel strips from ManiMe. This dazzling mix and match design will have you feeling extra fierce. They last just as long as salon gel manicure, if not longer.
These gel nail strips are perfect for the edgy, minimalist mama that wants something to last. This set from ARTIPS lasts just as long as a salon set, but you’ll get a gorgeous and unique design to go with it. There’s no losing here!
We recommend these Dashing Diva Plush Sorbet Gloss Ultra Shine Gel Strips for beginner nail artists and busy moms alike. If you have 30 minutes to spare, then these can be applied in just six easy steps. Each pack contains both base colors and accent colors so that you can mix it up. The nail strips are made with gel polish to ensure an ultra-shiny and long-lasting finish that won’t budge for up to 14 days. Once you’ve prepped your nails, find the nail strip that best fits your nail and apply it at the cuticle line. Then, fold the excess material and file from top to bottom in long strokes until you’re satisfied with the end result.
“I haven’t painted my nails since I discovered Dashing Diva’s gel strips last year. I can get at least two weeks out of each pack, sometimes more. There’s a little bit of a learning curve to applying them but once you get the hang of it, you’ll love them. (Bonus—if you have thinner nails like I do, these strips act as a little strip of protection from everyday wear and tear and allow your nails to grow out longer.)”
You can never go wrong with a classic french tip, and if that’s you’re go-to nail design, then these nail wraps are perfect.
A satisfied Etsy customer says, “These nails wraps are awesome. I am use to the brand where you have the french tip then you apply the overlay. This is both in one step. I highly recommend these strips. They are beautiful. A full manicure in 15 minutes!!! I am very happy with my purchase.”
Let your fierce inner-mama out with these leopard press on gel nails from ManiMe! These gorgeous strips are actually customized to fit your nails and are toxin and cruelty free. They’ll also last weeks so you don’t have to worry about them after they’re done.
One mommy-to-be says, “I’m pregnant and want to avoid as many chemicals as possible, but I still love my nails painted! ManiMe gives me the best of both worlds — non toxic and cute nails!”
Oh-em-geeee! If these vibrant beautiful Nail Polish Strips from Tough Girls don’t make you smile, then we don’t know what will. It’s the little things in life—like a cute AF manicure—that keep your sanity in check at the end of the day. There’s a TON of nail designs to pick from but this “rainbow, clouds, and flowers” set is just what the doc ordered to usher in sunnier days. Plus, we think the kids will love them too (are we sensing a mommy-and-me at-home spa day?). Included in this set, you’ll find 20 nail strips, a nail file, a cuticle stick, and nail cleansing wipes.
Says this nail queen, “Tried this product for the first time last week. Instructions were easy to follow, application was equally as easy, and the product is still on my nails over a week later (10 days). I actually ordered two at the same time, and I’m still waiting for something to “go wrong” with the first set so I can put on the new set! They are both so pretty.”
Color, color, and more color! So much that even the kids will love them. This tie-dye nail art design gives us major 60s vibes and is even made with real nail polish.
One Etsy buyer says, “Easiest nails I’ve ever done. Came out great, easy to apply & lasted perfectly until they grew out & I had to redo them.”
Best Nail Stickers
Add a dose of happy (goodness knows we can use it these days!) to your fingertips with this mood-enhancing collaboration from Ciaté London x Smiley World. Pick your #MOTD (mood of the day) by decorating your digits with an eclectic assortment of smiley face stickers—from classic heart-eyes to dead eyes to the star-struck expression we all know and love. Each set contains 288 stickers that come in a variety of colors and sizes. Simply lift your chosen sticker off the clear sheet and apply it to your digits. These can be used on polished or bare nails—just be sure to seal the deal with a top coat once you’re done. Not only are these a cinch to use, but we love the level of creativity put forth by these two brands. Whether you apply one sticker to each nail or a trio of them for a playful accent, you’ll have a professional-looking manicure in seconds.
S’cute, mama! If summer is on your brain 365 days a year, then these Cabana Love nail stickers from west coast fave, Olive & June, will have you itching to pull out your favorite polka dot tankini. From personal experience, these itty-bitty stickers are not only easy on the eyes but they look legit enough to even fool nail technicians. For instant nail art at your fingertips, you can apply them to a single accent nail or layer multiple stickers (flamingoes, watermelons, and palm trees, oh my!) for a one-of-a-kind look. Try out a modern half-moon nail design or keep it subtle with chic French tips. Instead of choosing one color, embrace the ‘bow by painting each digit a different hue… then add in a few of these stickers for a panache-packed finish. The stickers themselves are hand-screened and printed with high-quality ink so that they won’t blur or fade. When used alongside a trusty top coat, you’ll be good to go.
Keep calm and get your nails done with this blingy set of 3D Laser Bronzing Nail Decals (includes 300+ glitter self-adhesive stickers) from TailaiMei. Is there anything better than getting complimented on your bomb manicure? All the better, when they think you went to the salon but in reality, you did it ALL by yourself. A step up from basic nail decals, these extra AF stickers are super luxe and reminiscent of Korean nail art. Apply them as a chic accent on just a few of your nails or go ham by applying them to all your digits (toenails, too).
Says this mama, “My daughter loves to do nails now, and this was perfect, she actually had a nail party with her friends. The selection is immense and they stuck every time. so this was a great gift for a girls’ party. Would buy again great value for the money.”
So many options, so little time! For a personality-filled mani, don’t underestimate the power of nail art stickers to transform your digits from chipped and unsightly to salon-worthy in seconds. With this set of Mixed Nail Art Stickers from Whaline, you get a whopping 12 sheets (that’s more than 1,000 stickers!) to play around with. That leaves plenty of room for error in case you eff up your first attempt. From summer-themed nail art stickers to #plantvibes to fresh fruits, the variety here is outstanding.
This Amazon customer says, “These nail stickers are just as pictured. Each type comes individually packaged. They’re so beautiful! Lots of great designs to choose from and the quality is top-notch for the low cost. They’re easy to remove and apply (tweezers recommended for easy application.) My daughter and I are looking forward to using all of these! We highly recommend them!!”
If botanical is your middle name, then you 100% need to add these Flower Nail Decals (50 sheets included) to your cart. They’re fabulous and require practically zero effort to pull off. Easy as 1-2-3, it won’t be long before you’ve got envious nails to share on the ‘gram (just don’t forget to include the hashtag #ManiMonday). You know the drill: Once you’ve cleaned the surface of your nails (and pushed back cuticles), apply a base coat. Then, use tweezers to carefully apply the stickers to your nails. Seal your design with a top coat and voilà.
Raves this Amazon customer, “Literally the best thing ever. You get sooooo many sheets and stickers that I’m thinking of starting my own nails salon during this quarantine (LOL just kidding). Also, these stickers STAY on your nails! There are so many cute designs and they send you the best tweezers so you can actually get the stickers from the sheet. So So So recommend!”
Beautify your digits with these 3D Applique Nail Decoration Stickers that will have you giving Park Eun-kyung (a South Korean nail artist, and owner of the popular nail salon Unistella) a run for her money. This set includes 54 dried flower appliques that come in an assortment of different shapes and colors. After applying polish to your nails (pick a color or go clear), let them dry. Before applying the flowers, we recommend picking out your desired designs beforehand. Next, use the curved tweezers (included in the set) to apply the dried flowers to the beds of your nails. Once you’re happy with your finished nails, DO apply a top coat to seal them for the long haul. (After all that work, the last thing you want is them to peel off after washing the dishes.) The entire process from start to finish may require a bit of a learning curve, but just be happy that you don’t have to actually paint on the individual flower buds! Now, that takes patience.