OPI Pro Tips: How to Achieve Flawless Dipping Powder Manicures
Dipping powder systems like OPI Powder Perfection are a favorite among clients looking for durable, long-lasting manicures. Read on below to find out what top tips we have when working with Powder Perfection including brush hardening prevention, achieving a long-lasting shiny finish, and more. For more information on proper application, view our OPI Professionals Service Education tutorials by clicking the link below.
When it comes to dipping powder manicures, precise shaping and contouring will help result in a high shine finish. The reason being, shine to the naked eye is recognized by the highlight shown on the nail after the Powder Perfection Step 3 - Top Coat has been applied. The highlight needs to re-reflect straight down the nail. If the highlight is broken or ridged, no matter how many layers of Top Coat are applied, the nail will not look shiny to the naked eye. So be sure not to rush through this important step if you want to ensure a high-shine finish.
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In order to prevent base coat brush hardening, after each layer of Powder Perfection Step 1 - Base Coat and each layer of colored powder, don’t forget to brush off the excess powder on the nail, especially around the cuticle area! This will help prevent a build-up of excess powder product.
Improper application is a common cause if seeing cloudy finishes when it comes to dipping powders. The first layer of Powder Perfection Step 2 - Activator is applied before shaping and contouring so the nail surface will be bumpy with a lot of nooks and crannies for the Activator to pass through in order to truly cover the entire surface of the nail. Treat this first layer of Activator as if you were applying a base coat to a client with many ridges. Proper application of the Activator will accelerate the curing of the base coat with each dipping powder layer and will help initiate the reaction with the Powder Perfection Step 3- Top Coat.
Another key step is to ensure proper dry time when working with OPI Powder Perfection Step 2 - Activator. The Activator needs to fully dry before contouring with your EDGE 180 File. It’s easy to assume the Activator is quick-drying because it has the consistency of Bond-Aid pH Balancing Agent. But we recommend waiting 2 to 3 minutes then wipe the nail with N.A.S. 99 before starting the contouring step and before applying Top Coat.
Pro Tip: Dry times vary based on international application.
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