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My tips for a perfect Dip Powder mani

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sglassen
I love nail dip powder, but it has been a harsh learning curve Here's some of my tips What I have found most helpful is realizing that dip base is essentially super glue. That's why it dries so fast. And also why you do need to be precise and *always considering cross contamination*. I'm pretty sure this is the only reason why brands offer 3 steps, its just to have less mingling between powder, activator and base as it runs the product. All brands are pretty much the same (except glitter formulas) so dont need a fancy starter kits, just base and activator. These glitters are from Sparkel and Co I use the sprinkle technique instead of dipping. If you sprinkle the powder off a spoon, you are less likely to smudge the base coat. You can very lightly dip the tip in after to make sure its covered. Covering the tips in gradual thin coats works best to prevent cracking. Thick nails last longest. Use a brush to Lightly brush off excess powder. You want to wait at 30sec. Dip base expands as it dries, so after each coat you may find your skin and your nail have fused underneath. try not to get any on your skin, especially under the nail for this reason / just wipe it right away/ unstuck it. clip off any big chunks of excess powder with cuticle cutters before going to next coat Take your time on the powder coats, you can do multiple strokes, get it perfect. I do first coat on both hands first, so I can freely dip as I'm just applying to bare nails. *Now that you move on to second coat, you need to start wiping your brush off on paper towel before returning it to the bottle. * You dont want any powder or activator in your bottle. I use clear coat as well as 2+ coats When you do the 1st coat of activator, use a lot. Then activate your whole second hand so it gives the first hand's activator time to dry Then use a drill on 1st hand to perfect outline or ridges. I find this the easiest way to get a perfect shape but I usually use a file as well to even everything out. I usually dont buff the surface much. I will then wash and properly dry my 1st hand. Activate 1st hand again and make sure under the tips are covered and let it dry while you drill, wash and activate the second hand. My best tip for getting the top coats drying time perfect is using the, one finger, then back a finger technique. Once you paint 1 nail dont touch it and move on to the second. Then, go back to that first nail and second coat it while it's still fresh. Then do a first coat on nail 3, then go back and 2nd coat nail 2, etc. You want to do the first coat in limited strokes, and then take your time with the second coat. Then do the same process on your second hand. Then just let it dry. I'd say it needs minimum 4 mins and as long as 10mins to fully cure. Once its cured, its cured, so go on with your day and enjoy as theres no such thing as soft dip nails. If you do muck up the top coat, don't worry you can easily buff it back to shiney later no problem.
Jan. 5

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