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Carve Me a River

Don't just go with the flow with this dip powder nail art look.
Carve Me A River OPI Dip Powder Nail Art
Carve Me A River OPI Dip Powder Nail Art
  1. To a properly prepped nail, adhere to the Base Coat to the well of the nail tip then adhere to the natural nail. ProTip: For warmer climates, apply Activator to the tip of natural nail then apply Base Coat to the well of the nail tip for faster adhesion.
  2. If necessary, use a QuickCut to reduce length. Shape to desired shape with 180 grit file. With a e-file, use a mandrel with a fine sand band to blend the nail tip to the natural nail. Remove excess dust, then apply 1 coat of OPI Bond Aid to the natural nail. ProTip: Use 100/180 grit buffer to remove any fraying from the nail tip. This will ensure a smooth application.
  3. Apply Base Coat to 80% of the nail, leaving a noticeable gap around the cuticle area. Immediately pour Clear Color Set Powder. Allow to absorb then tap to remove excess powder. Use dust brush to remove any remaining powder. Apply Base Coat to 99% of the nail then immediately pour a small amount of Hurry-Juku Get This Color! near the cuticle area then right below, pour a small amount of It’s A Girl!. Continue to alternate colors until the entire nail is covered. Allow to absorb then tap to remove excess powder. Use dust brush to remove any remaining powder. Repeat for coverage.
  4. Leaving the powder uncured, use an e-file with a fine carbide bit and gently carve diagonally into the uncured powder. Remove the uncured powder but never make contact with the natural nail by leaving an ultra-thin layer of Clear Color Set Powder. To ensure safe removal around the cuticle area, use a medium grit safety removal bit for any remaining product. Use a 180 grit file and refine the diagonal edge. Apply 1 generous coat of Activator. Wait 2 minutes for US and 4 minutes for Canada.
  5. Apply Base Coat to the bottom diagonal of the nail. Immediately pour Polly Want A Lacquer?. Allow to absorb then tap to remove excess powder. Use dust brush to remove any remaining powder. Repeat for coverage 2 more times. Apply 1 generous coat of Activator. Don’t forget to cap the free edge. Wait 2 minute for US and 4 minutes for Canada. Lightly contour with a 180 grit file or e-file to reveal the design. Remove excess dust with a dust brush.
  6. Apply 1 coat of Base Coat, covering the entire nail, then immediately pour Clear Color Set Powder. Allow to absorb then tap to remove excess powder. Use dust brush to remove any remaining powder.
  7. Apply 1 generous coat of Activator to the entire nail. Wait 2 minutes for US and 4 minutes for Canada.
  8. Shape and contour with a 180 grit file or e-file. Smooth with 100/180 then 220/280 grit buffer. Remove excess dust with a dust brush. Apply 1 generous coat of Activator to the entire nail. Wait 2 minutes for US and 4 minutes for Canada.
  9. Finish with 2 coats of Top Coat. Wait 2 minutes between each coat. Try to use minimal strokes when applying to avoid over working the Top Coat and causing unwanted matte spots. Finish with OPI ProSpa Nail & Cuticle Oil.

To complete this look you will need:

Polly Want A Lacquer Dipping PowderIt's a Girl! Dipping Powder
Carve Me A River OPI Dip Powder Nail Art

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