TUTORIALS, TIPS & TRICKS

quick diy manicure

 

GREAT NAILS START WITH A GREAT FOUNDATION!
BEFORE YOU APPLY YOUR DIP POWDER, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU GIVE YOURSELF A MANICURE. REMOVING OVERGROWN CUTICLES FROM YOUR NAIL BED PREVENTS LIFTING & HELPS YOU ACHIEVE THE BEST RESULTS WITH YOUR DIP MANI!

1.  STARTING WITH NAKED NAILS, WASH YOUR HANDS WITH OIL FREE SOAP AND PROCEED TO SOAK THEM IN WARM WATER FOR 5 TO 10 MINUTES TO SOFTEN CUTICLES. 

2.  THEN GENTLY PUSH BACK YOUR SOFTENED CUTICLES WITH THE FLAT SIDE OF A WOODEN CUTICLE STICK.  TRACE THE BASE OF YOUR NAIL BED UNTIL YOU REMOVE ALL EXCESS DEAD SKIN.  WE RECOMMEND SWITCHING BETWEEN THE FLAT AND POINTY SIDE OF THE CUTICLE STICK FOR BEST RESULTS.

3.  NEXT CUTE AND FILE YOUR NAILS TO YOUR DESIRED SHAPE.  BUFF YOUR NAILS VERY LIGHTLY JUST ENOUGH TO REMOVE THE SHINE FROM YOUR NAILS (THIS WILL HELP YOUR NAILS LAST 2+ WEEKS).  IF YOU HAVE JUST SOAKED OFF A PREVIOUS MANICURE YOU WILL NOT NEED TO DO THIS AGAIN.

4.  ALLOW YOUR NAILS TO DRY FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES TO PREVENT LIFTING.  WHILE YOU'RE WAITING, MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE ANY DIRT FROM UNDER YOUR NAILS AND CLIP ANY EXCESS CUTICLE THAT MAY BE LEFT.

how to apply dip powder: dip method

 

1.  APPLY A THIN LAYER OF DIPOLOGY BASE COAT TO ABOUT 80% OF YOUR NAIL (FOR THE NEXT DIPS APPLY BASE TO YOUR ENTIRE NAIL JUST BELOW THE CUTICLE).

 

2.  DIP YOUR NAIL INTO THE POWDER AT A 45 DEGREE ANGLE.  TAP OFF EXCESS POWDER & REPEAT THE PROCESS ON ALL FINGERS THEN DUST OFF EXCESS POWDER WITH DUSTER BRUSH.

 

3.  REPEAT STEPS 1 & 2 UNTIL DESIRED COLOR AND THICKNESS IS REACHED (3 DIPS IS AVERAGE).  APPLY A GENEROUS AMOUNT OF ACTIVATOR TO ALL NAILS TO HARDEN.

 

4.  USING A 180/100 GRIT NAIL FILE SHAPE & BUFF YOUR NAILS REMOVING ALL IMPERFECTIONS (THE THINNER YOU APPLY THE PRODUCTS THERE SHOULD BE VERY LITTLE FILING & NO DRILLING REQUIRED).  BUFF PERFECT & SMOOTH YOUR NAILS WITH AN 180/100 GRIT NAIL BUFFER.

 

5.  BRUSH OFF ANY EXCESS FILING DUST & APPLY DIPOLOGY ACTIVATOR AGAIN.  LET IT DRY FOR 2 MINUTES.  WIPE OFF NAILS WITH A PAPER TOWEL THEN APPLY 2 COATS OF DIPOLOGY TOP COAT.  APPLY THE FIRST COAT THIN & QUICK THEN APPLY A SLOWER MORE PRECISE FINAL COAT & LET DRY FOR 5 MINUTES.

how to apply dip powder: pour method

 

1.  APPLY A THIN LAYER OF DIPOLOGY BASE COAT TO ABOUT 80% OF YOUR NAIL (FOR THE NEXT DIPS APPLY BASE TO YOUR ENTIRE NAIL JUST BELOW THE CUTICLE).

 

2.  USING YOUR POUR OVER TRAY TO CATCH THE EXCESS POWDER, POUR THE POWDER OVER YOU NAIL.  TAP OFF EXCESS POWDER AND REPEAT THE PROCESS ON ALL FINGERS THEN DUST OFF EXCESS POWDER WITH DUSTER BRUSH.

 

3.  REPEAT STEPS 1 & 2 UNTIL DESIRED COLOR AND THICKNESS IS REACHED (3 DIPS IS AVERAGE).  APPLY A GENEROUS AMOUNT OF ACTIVATOR TO ALL NAILS TO HARDEN.

 

4.  USING A 180/100 GRIT NAIL FILE SHAPE & BUFF YOUR NAILS REMOVING ALL IMPERFECTIONS (THE THINNER YOU APPLY THE PRODUCTS THERE SHOULD BE VERY LITTLE FILING & NO DRILLING REQUIRED).  BUFF PERFECT & SMOOTH YOUR NAILS WITH AN 180/100 GRIT NAIL BUFFER.

 

5.  BRUSH OFF ANY EXCESS FILING DUST & APPLY DIPOLOGY ACTIVATOR AGAIN.  LET IT DRY FOR 2 MINUTES.  WIPE OFF NAILS WITH A PAPER TOWEL THEN APPLY 2 COATS OF DIPOLOGY TOP COAT.  APPLY THE FIRST COAT THIN & QUICK THEN APPLY A SLOWER MORE PRECISE FINAL COAT & LET DRY FOR 5 MINUTES.

easy dip powder removal

 

1.  FILL A BOWL OR LARGE ZIP LOCK BAG WITH HOT WATER (PLACE BAG INSIDE OF A BOWL FOR STABILITY).

2.  FILL ANOTHER LARGE ZIPLOCK BAG WITH PURE ACETONE & A PAPER TOWEL THEN PLACE IT INSIDE OF THE BOWL OR ZIP LOCK FILLED WITH HOT WATER.

3.  BUFF OFF THE TOP COAT OF YOUR NAILS WITH A COARSE NAIL FILE TO HELP THE ACETONE REMOVE THE DIP POWDER MORE EASILY.  THEN SOAK YOUR NAILS IN THE WARM ACETONE & SCRUB THEM ON THE PAPER TOWEL TO CREATE FRICTION & HELP SPEED THE PROCESS ALONG.

4.  THIS PROCESS CAN TAKE 5 TO 20 MINUTES DEPENDING ON THE THICKNESS OF YOUR MANICURE AND IF IT CONTAINS GLITTER.  REMOVE THE BAD CONTAINING ACETONE & NOW YOU CAN BEGIN PREPPING FOR YOU MAINICURE USING THE REMAINING WARM WATER.  

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