How to Apply

Vista Rustics nail wraps are one of the fastest, easiest & most cost-effective ways to get the perfect manicure at home. They are completely self-adhesive and don't require any heat to activate.  They can actually help your nails get stronger and prevent nail biters from ruining their nails as well.  Oh and how about the fact that the creative and fun designs are all ready done for you so you don't need to be an artist or hire one to get that special look.  What's not to love about all that! 😊

Start with clean hands, choose the right size for your nail, stick it on to your nail, make sure it's on snug by pushing it down with your finger or a cuticle pusher. File away the excess, and you're all set!

If you'd like to extend the life of your nails, you can apply a topcoat (but this is completely optional).  A topcoat will also protect from chemicals found in some sunscreens that can damage your wraps.  

See below for detailed steps! 

**You can apply our nail wraps onto any type of nail, whether that is a bare nail, polish, gel, Shellac, Dips, or acrylics.


  1. Prepping Your Nails

  • Sometimes, our nails can have moisturizer, sunscreen, soap, or particles from filing your nails that prevent the wraps from sealing to your nail.
  • (This also includes the natural oils on your skin and nails!)
  • Give them a quick wash or use an alcohol swab to get them sparkly clean and dry!


  2. Sizing

  • Select the right fit for your nail by placing it on top of the nail and curling it onto the surface of your nail. Make sure it does not overlap onto your skin. (If the other wraps are too small, you can use the larger one that overlaps you just need to trim the sides while the wrap is still on the white paper).  You want a tiny gap between the nail wrap, and your skin. 

  3. Remove Clear Plastic Layer on Each Wrap

  • You may not be able to see it very well but there is a clear plastic cover on each nail wrap.
  • Peel off the clear plastic layer (very important step)
  • If you have our 3-in-1 cuticle pen then you can use the white end to push these off.  If not, any pencil eraser will do.


***Pro tip:  If your nails are short, you may be able to cut each strip in half and get 2 uses out of them.

 4. Peel the nail polish off the paper

  • Carefully peel the polish up off the white paper
  • Try not to touch the adhesive to anything before you put it on your nail to keep it as sticky as possible.

If your nails are shorter and you cut the strip in half, it’s easier to peel the wrap off the paper by swiping down from the tip. 

5. Apply Nail wrap to Your Nail, Close to Your Cuticle (But not touching your cuticle or skin)

  • Apply Nail wrap to your nail while gently stretching to fit.  If wraps stick to your skin or cuticle, pull up and readjust to nail. (Don't worry, our nail wraps are somewhat forgiving and will allow you to pull up and stick them down a few times to make sure they are in the correct position and will stay sticky.)
  • Push down and smooth the wrap into place.
  • Getting a tight wrinkle free fit is key to making your mani look perfect and last as long as possible


6. File Off Access

  • Fold the wrap over the front of nail and file in a downward stroke to remove excess.
  • Don't file side to side or up because dust from filing can get pushed under your nail wrap and stop the adhesive from sealing to your nail and your wraps won't last as long.
  • Once you have filed most of the wrap off, you can gently tug the access off and away from your nails (if it does not tear off easily, just do a little more downward filing)

 *If there are any edges left on the nail, you can clean up the look by filing those edges in a downward motion to smooth everything out.

7. Top Coat

  • To make your wraps last even longer you can apply a top coat.
  • Not all top coats are compatible with nail wraps so stay away from the quick dry ones.

  • We have a list of tested top coats that work well with nail wraps below:
      Recommended Top Coats
  1. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat
  2. Depend O2 top Gel
  3. Maybelline, Dr. Rescue Gel Effect Top Coat
  4. Depend 7 day hybrid Top Coat
  5. Essie Gel Setter Top Coat


  • Avoid bathing or putting your hands in hot water for at least 6 hours after applying nail wraps.  The adhesive needs time to cure to your nails.  Apply them after bathing or before bed so they have plenty of uninterrupted cure time.  Some hand washing is ok as long as it’s not hot water and you’re not keeping them wet for too long.  After the adhesive dries, you can submerge in water without a problem. 
  • Some sunscreen can cause your nail wraps to melt/rub off due to a chemical reaction with the adhesive.  If you know you will be using sunscreen, use a top coat or wear gloves to protect your wraps.

If you discover any tips that you believe should be added to this list, please let us know!  

Additionally, if you are experiencing any issues with our wraps after following these steps, please let us know.  Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us and we are always happy to help out and resolve any issues you may experience.

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Enjoy having gorgious nails and have a lovely day!