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French Minimalist Nails

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Spring forward with a pop of color and side french nails. This minimalist nail art is a perfect way to transition and incorporate more color into nude dip powder nails. Stay on trend with this minimalistic nail design!
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.
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Step 1
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 1 Bond. Allow it to dry completely.
Step 2
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 2 Base to the entire nail and immediately dip into Base & Finish powder.
  • Tap finger to remove loose powder, then use a fluffy brush to sweep off remaining excess from the nail surface.

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

Step 3
  • Apply another coat of Step 2 Base to 4/5ths of the nail, and leave room on the side you wish to add the French line. Dip into shade of choice before the base dries. Here we used NA21.

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

Step 4
  • Tap finger to remove loose powder, then use a pointed tool, like a toothpick or Jelly Pusher, to clean up the cuticle line.
  • Follow up with a fluffy brush, and sweep off any remaining excess from the nail surface.
  • Repeat for more coverage.
Step 5
  • Apply Step 3 Activator to the part of the nail with the shade NA21. Allow a few minutes for the dip blend to harden.

PRO TIP: If you live in a humid climate, you may need to increase your dry time.

Step 6
  • File and shape the side of NA21 to create a smooth, side French smile line.
Step 7
  • Apply Step 2 Base to the remaining 1/5th side of the nail, and dip into your shade of choice. Here we used NE11.
Step 8
  • Tap finger to remove loose powder, then use your pointed tool to clean up the edge of the nail. Follow up with a fluffy brush, and sweep off any remaining excess. Repeat for more coverage.
Step 9
  • Apply Step 3 Activator to your French side line, and allow a few minutes for the dip blend to harden.

PRO TIP: If you live in a humid climate, you may need to increase your dry time.

Step 10
  • File and buff nail to achieve desired shape & smoothness, paying particular attention to where the two colors meet.
Step 11
  • Wash hands or use a lint-free wipe saturated in alcohol to wipe the nail clean of filing debris.
Step 12
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 4 Sealer to the entire nail and allow it to dry for 1-2 minutes.
Step 13
  • Apply a second coat of Step 3 Activator to the entire nail. Allow 5 full minutes for the nail to dry.

PRO TIP: If you live in a humid climate, you may need to increase your dry time.

Step 14
  • Use a lint-free wipe to remove any remaining wet activator from the nail surface.
Step 15
  • Apply a coat of Step 4 Sealer in thin, quick strokes and allow 1-2 minutes for nails to dry.
Step 16
  • Apply a final coat of Step 4 Sealer and allow 3-5 minutes for nails to dry completely.

PRO TIP: Don't apply more than 2 consecutive coats of Sealer as this will prevent even drying & may result in a gummy mani.

Finish!
  • Stay on trend with simplistic nail designs you can recreate right at home. These minimal nails are perfect for nude nail lovers who want just a pop color.

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