Nail stickers are the saving grace of shaky handed beauty girls and nail perfectionists everywhere. No bubbles, no chips, no polish all over the finger tips–but most sticker sets come with 18 appliques…not quite enough for two full manicures, which forces us to get creative. Thus for the resourceful nail art enthusiast, we give you three chic ways to wear your leftover nail stickers.

For today’s manicure, we used essie Sleek Stick in Oh My Gold! and essie Sable Collar for our base.

how to wear nail stickers

Stripes

Cut your stickers vertically to your desired thickness and arrange the strips as you please. Try one vertical stripe for an understated sophistication or layer them to your heart’s content.

Cut Out

Dig out your scrapbooking supplies and put that decorative hole punch to good use. Punch a nail stick, place it on the nail, et voilá you’ve found the perfect accent to your manicure.

French Tips

Until they come out with patterned nail polish, nail stickers are the best way to upgrade your basic French manicure. Just cut the top off of a sticker, press it onto the nail, and file off the excess.

Which look do you think is the chicest? Cast your vote in the comments below.