From the days of getting acrylics at my local strip mall to my standing appointments at a tiny Japanese nail art salon in New York, I have always found immense joy in getting my nails done.
As I’ve gotten older and time has grown scarcer, I’ve shifted more into doing my own nails. Luckily for me (and soon you!), there has been a lot of innovation in this space in recent years. From tools that help you paint with your nondominant hand to precut decals that instantly upgrade plain polish, you can get a pretty solid mani from the comforts of your own home.
One of my favorite ways to do this is by applying a nail polish strip. You see that photo above? That, friends, is a polish strip and it took, ohhh, about seven minutes total from start to finish.
They’re from ManiMe, which is a Los Angeles–based company that specializes in the first-ever custom-fit stick-on gels developed with 3-D technology. And though nail polish strips (and certainly press-on nails) have been around for a while, these are the first that take your individual nail shape into account.