- Start with clean, dry, manicured nails. - Prepare the surface of your nails by buffing with the peach side of the file. - Use alcohol or acetone to wipe off excess dirt and oil. This helps the Appliques last longer. - Determine the size of the Applique that will fit your nail best. - remove plastic covering s from the front and back of applique and the tab. - Apply Applique , tacky side down, to the anil and smooth on. Realign if needed. - Form the Qpplique around the edge of the nail, with out excessive stretching. Over Stretching the Applique, with result in it shortening on the nail after application. - File off the Qpplique excess with the pink side of the file, using a downward motion. - Apply China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat for best results.