Our girl Essie’s got some easier-than-ever nail art for you with her new, elegant UV-cured nail appliqués (aka “stickers,” but they're better than most). Available in cheetah-print, crocodile, snake, zebra, and a variety of glittery, gold, everything-you-can-think-of options (including fragments of a love letter written in spidery script called Love to Love You), this means that having complicated-looking nails has never been so easy (or cheap—each packet is $10). Apply the stickers to clean nails and file off the part that hangs over your natural nail. Voilá! Be aware: these won't last you all week; they're more of a special-event slap-on, tear-off. If you add a layer of topcoat, it helps secure them for a bit longer, but we sort of dig the transience of it all. (If you want 7+-day staying power, stick with Sally Hansen Salon Effects, or an actual salon's effects.)
Our favorites of the bunch? Embrace the Lace looks rather couture, if we do say so ourselves—it would be great for spring—and the Art-Deco feel of Oh my Gold!’s delicate mirrored hexagons vibes with the little gold finger rings we’ve been wearing lately. Leave it to Essie to figure out what we want before we want it.
Get your Sleek Stick sets here.
Photos by Elizabeth Brockway