tutorials, tips & tricks

here at dipology we’re all about healthy nails

SO BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT THE REST OF OUR TUTORIALS, TIPS & TRICKS READ OVER OUR 3 CARDINAL RULES FOR HEALTHY NAILS

1.  DO NOT BUFF YOUR NAIL BEDS!  WE KNOW THAT MAKING YOUR NAIL BED SLIGHTLY ROUGH CAN HELP PROLONG THE WEARING TIME OF YOUR MANICURE, BUT IF YOU DO THIS BEFORE EVERY MANI OVER TIME YOUR NAILS WILL THIN OUT AND BE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE FOR BREAKS.

2.  TRIM YOUR NAILS REGULARLY!  JUST LIKE CLIPPING YOUR ENDS YOU NEED TO CUT OFF THE DAMAGE OR ELSE IF THE NAIL BREAKS IT LIKELY BECOME WORSE.  WE CALL THIS RULE PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE LOL

3.  OIL YOUR CUTICLES, NAIL BEDS & UNDER NAILS AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN REMEMBER.  DRY & BRITTLE NAILS BREAK MORE EASILY THAN MOISTURIZED NAILS.  

quick manicure diy

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.  WE SUGGEST USING OUR STRENGTHENING NAIL SOAK.  FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF OUR NAIL SOAK HERE.  

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 CUT AND FILE YOUR NAILS TO YOUR DESIRED SHAPE.  WIPE OFF NAILS WITH RUBBING ALCOHOL.

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.  

 

vitamin e dipping system (liquid instructions)

 

USE OUR VITAMIN E DIPPING SYSTEM LIKE ANY OTHER DIP LIQUIDS BUT HERE ARE A FEW TIPS!

1.  OUR BASE COAT HAS A MEDIUM DRY TIME.  FOR BEST RESULTS COMPLETE ALL 5 NAILS ON ONE HAND OR ALL 10 BEFORE BRUSHING OFF AND COMPLETING YOUR NEXT LAYER.

2.  WE RECOMMEND STARTING YOUR MANI OFF WITH A STRIP OF OUR GLASS CLEAR DIP POWDER AND THEN A HALF LAYER OF CLEAR DIP POWDER BEFORE GOING IN WITH YOUR DESIRED COLOR.  THIS GIVES YOUR NAILS EXTRA STRENGTH AND WITH THIN EVEN APPLICATIONS YOU CAN STILL DO 2 OR 3 LAYERS OF COLOR WITHOUT HAVING THICK/BULKY NAILS.

3.  APPLY ACTIVATOR LIBERALLY AFTER YOU ARE FINISHED DIPPING TO MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR LAYERS ARE COMPLETELY DRY.  ALSO LET THE NAILS DRY FOR ABOUT A MINUTE AFTER APPLYING ACTIVATOR BECAUSE OUR ACTIVATOR INITIALLY SOFTENS THE POWDER INTO A MORE SMOOTH FINISH BEFORE HARDENING WHICH ALLOWS FOR EASIER FILING TO A SMOOTH AND SHINY FINISH.

4.  APPLY 2 LAYERS OF TOP COAT AND BE SURE TO CAP THE FREE EDGE FOR LONG WEAR.