Achieving the perfect manicure takes trial and error. When perfecting this process, you might experience lifting. Lifting can occur for four reasons:
- Your nail bed was not prepped properly. Be sure to push back cuticles or use a cuticle remover, and gently buff the nail. Some users wipe the nail with rubbing alcohol or a dehydrator after buffing.
- The first layer of Activator cures the Pro Base and makes it adhere to the nail. You may need to use more Activator and apply it to the front edge of the nail (this is called capping) and closer to the cuticle. If the edges are not capped, it could cause lifting. The best thing to do is make sure you are dipping the brush back into the bottle of Activator for each individual nail and making sure it is completely covered.
- Improper Finish Gel application can cause lifting. When you apply the first layer of Finish Gel, you need to apply in 2-3 quick strokes - you don’t need to get close to the cuticle area for this first layer. When you apply the second layer of Finish Gel, you can do this in more detail and be more careful around the edges. It is important to apply Activator and Finish Gel to the front edge of the nails to avoid lifting from the front edge.
- Thick application at the cuticle. If your Dip Powder is in a thick layer at the cuticle, it can get caught and/or lift as it grows out. To prevent this, try the following application method:
1. Apply Pro Base 3/4 of the way up the nail, then dip
2. Apply Pro Base a bit higher on the nail then 3/4, then dip
3. Apply Pro Base all the way to the cuticle (but not ON the cuticle) and dip
This should result in a thinner application at the cuticle. Be sure to use enough Activator and to get it up to the cuticle to cure the Pro Base layers.
We recommend checking out this video for some very helpful tips and tricks as well: https://youtu.be/dbWkaUenKcs