STRENGTHEN YOUR NAILS WITH ACRILIC DIP DURING GEL APPLICATION
If you have thin or weak nails, this is the easiest way to add strength and longevity to your gel manicure. This could also be the solution if your gel polish tends to chip at the top corners of your nails (this happens if your nail is thin and soft, and bends even with gel polish on it).
ITEMS THAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Nail prep tools (nail file, buff, cuticle pusher/clipper and primer)
- UV Base Coat
- Acrylic dipping powder
- Fan brush (or similar soft make up brush)
- UV Top Coat
- UV Nail Lamp
STEPS TO USE ACYLIC DIP POWDER WITH GEL:
- Prep the nail as usual for applying a gel polish manicure.
- Apply the base coat and cure as normal (time as indicated for your strength of lamp).
- Apply another thin layer of base coat to the full nail, and do not cure this layer.
- Place your (gel) wet nail gently into the jar of acrylic dip powder, or hold your nail over the jar and scoop some powder and pour it over the entire nail. Be careful not to bump the nail as gel is still wet and it can cause an uneven look.
- Tap the finger to remove excess powder.
- Cure in your lamp for 60s (or as directed for your lamp)
- After curing you can brush off any excess powder using a fan brush (or similar).
- Repeat above steps again for a second layer of base coat and acrylic powder.
- Cure in your lamp.
- After curing brush away any leftover uncured powder and lightly buff any imperfections to smooth the nail surface. There should not be much buffing needed, you just want to smooth it out a bit so it’s not rough.
- Wipe your nail with alcohol to remove the filing dust.
- Now apply a layer of gel top coat, making making sure to cap the edges.
- Cure in your lamp
- Apply a liberal amount of Cuticle Oil into the skin surrounding the nail plate and you’re done!
The gel and acrylic dipping kit can be purchased here