For a FLAWLESS Jamberry application: 1. Make sure you downsize your wraps to be SMALLER than your nail! You should have some nail showing on each side. 2. Wash your nails with dish soap. 3. Gently scrape away and push back your hidden cuticle on ALL sides of your nail and hold a heated metal spoon cuticle pusher over the wrap to seal those edges. Here’s how: http://youtu.be/QQloUOQcczM 4. Use a base coat. Let it dry and buff slightly before applying.