Polished Expression Nail Wraps: My First Pictorial!

Good Morning, lacquerheads!

You may remember a quick water marble mani I posted a few weeks back using these amazing nail wraps [made out of real nail polish, yay!] from Polished Expression. If you all know me, you know I can be verrrrry lazybeans, and if there is an easier way to get something done, you can count on me to do it! I was THRILLED when I found these water marble wraps on etsy, because heaven knows I don't have the time or patience to water marble myself!


I spoke to Deb, the owner and creator of the nail wraps, and she told me that her customers were requesting some sort of visual aid to go along with the application instructions she provides with every nail wrap order. I jumped at the opportunity to help her out and put together my first ever pictorial. It took a while, but I am very happy with the outcome, and I definitely plan to create more of these in the future! Check it out, and please let me know what you think of it!

1. Prep your nails! Shape them, buff them, and clean up those cuticles!
2. Peel the desired nail wrap off of the wax paper.
3. Figure out which part of the design you want to cover your nail, and trim it accordingly; make sure you don't trim it too small. In fact, trim it so that it is a bit bigger than your actual nail; you'll clean it up later on!
4. Apply a layer of base coat. This is ESSENTIAL, because the nail wrap needs something on which to adhere. NOTE: be as careful as you can to only put base coat onto your actual nail; this way, the wrap won't stick to your cuticles or nearby skin.
5. While your base coat is still tacky, place the nail wrap onto your nail.  Take care to press down all around the edges to make sure it is firmly in position; you don't want it to rip off! You can use your fingers or some sort of cuticle stick to do this. Make sure you fold it over the tip of your nail, too.
6. Clean it all up! After waiting 5-10 minutes for the wrap to completely adhere, carefully tear off the excess. Take your nail file and gently file down the edge of your nail to remove the wrap from the top of the nail, and finally use your small brush dipped in acetone to clean up any imperfections around the edges.
7. Add your favorite top coat to seal in your adorable manicure, and you're ready to go!

another mani using Deb's amazing nail wraps!

DOCTOR'S ORDERS: You can't go wrong with these! They're the best cure for a frustrated lacquerista who just can't get that water marbling to work! Head over to Polished Expression on Etsy to check out all of the other nail wrap designs available.


  1. Oh this is awesome! Thanks for sharing :) I should look into these, I'm always to lazy to do a water marble manicure because I don't wanna deal with the clean up. Haha :)

    xo Maddy | spilledpolish
    ps. I'm holding a giveaway on my blog! Come check it out & enter - Chunky Glitter Earring Giveaway :)

    1. Thanks Maddy! I definitely recommend them - they're so easy! :-)

  2. Great little tutorial you did for her!! These nail wraps look so good! :)

  3. Really nice tutorial! You did a fantastic job explaining them. :)