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How To Apply A Dip French Mani

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Oh, you speak French now? 🥐 Here is an easy dip nail art tutorial featuring the classic French manicure.
PRO TIP: If you're just starting out your dip journey with us, be sure to select our value pack below: Dip Nail Starter Kit - French Set. It includes all the essentials (Buffer Set, Dip Liquids, French White, Sheer Pink, and Base & Finish Powder) - everything you need to recreate this classic French mani!
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Step 1
  • Apply a coat of Step 1 Bond to all fingernails

PRO TIP: Make sure you thoroughly prep nails to ensure adhesion & long-lasting wear! Push back cuticles, create a rough texture on the nail plate by filing, and sanitize thoroughly.

Step 2
  • Paint a thin coat of Step 2 Base and immediately dip finger into Base & Finish
  • Tap finger to rid of loose powder and use a fluffy brush to sweep off excess powder

PRO TIP: Avoid getting the product onto cuticles, powder will pick up wherever Base if applied

Step 3
  • Carefully paint a second coat of Step 2 stopping at the smile line of a traditional French manicure
  • Then immediately dip at an angle into Sheer Pink

PRO TIP: Avoid getting the product onto cuticles, powder will pick up wherever Base if applied

Step 4
  • Repeat for more coverage
Step 5
  • Apply a coat of Activator to harden the blend of powder & liquid
  • Allow 3-5 minutes for Activator to dry completely
Step 6
  • Buff and shape the edge of the Sheer Pink to create the foundation of a clean smile line
Step 7
  • Paint a coat of Step 2 Base onto the rest of the nail & immediately dip into French White
  • Tap gently to rid of any loose color dipping powder & gently swipe with a fluffy brush

PRO TIP: Avoid getting the product onto cuticles, powder will pick up wherever Base if applied

Step 8
  • Repeat for more coverage

PRO TIP: Brushes may harden or pick up color powder during application. Simply switch them between Brush Softener for easy cleaning & workability.

Step 9
  • Apply a coat of Step 3 Activator to harden the blend of powder & liquid
  • Allow two minutes for Activator to dry completely
Step 10
  • When the blend of powder and liquid has hardened, file nails to the desired shape
  • Use a our coarse grit buffer to even out the preferred thickness of the nails, then use the 240 grit buffer to smooth the nail surface
Step 11
  • Wash hands and nails thoroughly or wipe with alcohol, then apply another coat of Step 3 Activator to harden the blend of powder & liquid
  • Allow 3 minutes for Activator to dry
Step 12
  • Apply a coat of Step 4 Sealer and allow 3 minutes for nails to dry

PRO TIP: To extend product life, be sure to wipe neck and rims of bottles with alcohol immediately after each set of application. Close caps tightly and store in a cool environment away from heat and direct sunlight. If not cleaned properly, caps may become difficult to open for future use.

Step 13
  • Apply a coat of Step 4 Sealer and allow 3 minutes for nails to dry