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Common Mistakes Beginners Make With Dip Method

Lift, Crack, Expand? The only thing your nails should be lifting is your spirits.

Avoid common dipping mistakes and live your dip dream! Dip powder nails should be durable. If you worry about any of the three mentioned above, scroll down to find the solution to your problems.

WHY? The reason you're looking for:

Lifting

· Oiliness. Not Removing The Oil Properly.
Oil makes everything slippery. If you don’t remove it, lifting may occur. Clip, shape, file, and buff your nails. Afterward, apply rubbing alcohol on your nails with cotton pad/ball, and swipe. Less oil, more adhesion. 

Note: Be sure not to touch your nails after disinfecting them with alcohol. Our skin has natural oils. Little fingerprints of oil and sweat will undo the dehydration process.

· Inactivation and Lack of Luster. Don’t Skip The Activator And Topcoat.
In this scenario thick is a good thing! Often, others skip the activator or the topcoat when they find that the layers are too thick. However, skipping the activator or topcoat can result in lifting.

Activator. The layers of dipping powder and basecoat do not seal properly without the activator. So, you should never skip the activator.

Top Coat. The top coat provides extra protection and boosts the longevity of your manicure. Apply thin basecoat layers from the start. But be sure to cover the entire surface of the nails with the product.

· Too Buff for Me. Don’t File Excessively.
We know how great it feels to buff, but over-buffing would thin your healthy nails! Furthermore, the product will no longer stick to your nails. A perfect file would have only a slightly rough texture to your nails. This will allow the product to adhere properly. 

“I use a 180-grit file to buff the surface of the nail lightly; it gives just the right texture to the nail surface for promoting adhesion,” says Garcia.

Cracking

· Awkward Angles. Base Brush Positioning.
Work Your Angles! When you don’t apply even layers of dipping powder, cracking may occur. The positioning or the angle of the brush via which you’re applying the base coat plays a critical role.

“When the brush is tilted upright and perpendicular to the nail, the product builds unevenly and creates hills and ridges, which can lead to cracking,” says Marilyn Garcia, the global brand ambassador, and director of education at Cuccio.

· Dip Degree. Sloped not sloppy powder at angle Forty-Five.
Just like the angle of the brush, the angle at which you’re dipping your nails into the powder plays a critical role. If you dip your nails into the powder vertically or at 90 degrees, the layer will be uneven with many hills and ridges. Cracking may occur if the product is not evenly applied.
Always dip your nails at a 45-degree angle. It allows the powder to stick to the basecoat properly. In turn, you get an even and smooth layer of product that prevents cracking.

· Base Coat Buildup. When too much is too much.
The base coat is a big deal! It an essential step in the dip method. The dry dipping powder sticks to the base coat to create a smooth and even layer. But don’t apply too much! 

Dipping powder absorbs the product quickly and tends to spread over sidewalls and cuticles if it’s not properly applied.” says Garcia.

Applying too much base coat may cause product buildup that reaches the cuticles and sidewalls. Once dipped, it could harden under your cuticles and/or sidewalls like tartar buildup in between teeth. Yikes! It could result in some serious problems. 

Expansion

· Big Bang. Incorrect Application Method.
Expanding can occur if your dip powder application method is incorrect. Don’t apply the base coat to the entire nail’s surface. Start small, particularly from the  the tip and build the product slowly towards the top of your nails.

For the first layer, apply the base coat on three-quarters of your nails. We recommend leaving a cute little gap (small!) below the cuticle. Dip the finger in powder at a 45-degree angle for the first coat. It might feel a tad weird at first, but it works best! Afterward, tap off the excess.

For the second layer of base coat, but leave only a small space below the cuticle. Repeat the dipping process. Gradually, work higher by dipping up to three times and get closer to the cuticle. We'll get there! Love is patient. Let's put it into your masterpiece, just as it deserves. ♡

By following this method, you’ll be able to build a great apex, and it will prevent the product from reaching the cuticles and sidewalls.

Optional: When finished, share your work! Art inspires art. We would absolutely love to see your masterpiece on one of our review tabs at igelbeauty.com. Who knows, you could be our next featured nail art!♡

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