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How to do the perfect Dip Powder manicure

Posted on May 30 2019

1. Preparation is a no-skip step and maybe the most important one for having a long-lasting manicure. First of all, you must wash your hands with water and soap and then dry them very well with a towel. The next thing you have to do is push back your cuticles with a cuticle stick. If you have very stubborn cuticles you can push them with a stainless steel cuticle pusher and then cut them with a cuticle nipper, being very careful not to cut yourself. We know that there are a lot of opinions when it comes to cutting cuticles, but keep in mind that every person is different, so do whatever suits you best.
After pushing/cutting your cuticles you can start to give shape to your nails and gently file their surface. You don’t have to file your nails too much, just until they are no longer shiny, as the products need a surface to adhere to. You can use a normal nail file or an electric nail file, but if you go for the second choice please use it on a very low speed and with one direction motion, not back and forth because this way you can damage your nail bed.

After you’re done with the filing you have to clean the nails with rubbing alcohol to remove the dust and any kind of natural oils. You can also wash your nails, but don’t forget to clean them with alcohol after doing this, as many soaps contain oils which can cause the product not to adhere well and you can end with a ‘not-that-pretty’ manicure or it may lift after a few days.

2. Now that your nails are very well prepped you can take the AVVA Base and the desired powder/s. As the base must help the powder stick to your nails we recommend to do only one nail at a time, as it dries very fast.

We know it’s very tempting to apply a lot of AVVA Base on your nail thinking that this way a lot more powder will get on your nail, but it doesn’t work that way. If you apply a thick layer of AVVA Base it can leak into your cuticle and when dipping the nail into the powder it can get clunky and uneven.

The best way to do it is to apply the AVVA Base in a thin layer, in 2-3 strokes, a hairline away from the cuticle and then immediately and gently dip the nail into the powder at a 45 degrees angle. After you take the nail out of the jar allow it a few seconds to dry and then brush off the excess powder so it will not contaminate your gels and in order to get a perfectly smooth result.

You can repeat this step as many times as you want until you get the desired color.


3. After you obtained the color that you wanted you can go to the next step, which is AVVA Activator. You may notice that it is very liquid, but no worries, this is how it is supposed to be. Apply a generous amount of AVVA Activator as it has the role to harden the AVVA Base and the powder. Allow it a few seconds to get into the previous layers and then you will notice that your nail is very hard. This is the perfect time to make the nails smooth and correct any imperfections. Again, you can use a regular nail file or an electric nail file. If you go for a regular nail file use one with a grit of at least 180 and as the imperfections disappear you can go for a file with a bigger grit in order to achieve a very smooth result. After all this filing it is time to clean your nails with rubbing alcohol.


4. And we have (literally) reached the Top step. Take your AVVA Top Coat and apply it in thin layers in 2-3 strokes so it would not get into the cuticle. You may notice that the first coat of AVVA Top starts to get matte. Allow it a few moments to dry and then apply a second coat, also on the edges of the nails in order to make your manicure resist more time to the external factors. Let the final coat of AVVA Top to dry for 2 minutes and then apply some nourishing oil on your cuticles, massage them and then you’re free to go!

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