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OPI Powder Perfection Dipping Tutorial

by NAILS Staff | April 17, 2018

OPI Powder Perfection is an odor-free acrylic alternative that promotes a clean-air environment while offering gel-like shine and weeks of wear without the need to light cure. It’s a great option for protective overlay services on clients with weak, flexible nails that break easily.

1. Prep the nails. Pour a small amount of OPI Powder Perfection Color Powder in your shade of choice and OPI Powder Perfection Color Set Powder into small plastic cups. Apply one coat of Base Coat to a single nail, making sure to cover the entire surface of the nail.

2. Immediately dip the same nail at a 45-degree angle into the powder. Tap off the excess powder. Repeat on the other four nails of the same hand, completing  one nail at a time in order  to prevent the base coat from drying too quickly.

3. Once you’ve completed all five fingers, tap off the excess powder. When the nail is dry to the touch, use a sanitized cosmetic brush to wipe off any remaining loose powder. Apply a second layer of Base Coat and Color Powder. Wipe away any remaining loose powder.

4. Apply one coat of OPI Powder Perfection Base Coat to each nail. Before the Base Coat dries, dip each nail at a 45-degree angle into OPI Powder Perfection Color Set Powder. Tap off the excess powder. When dry to the touch, use a sanitized cosmetic brush to wipe off any remaining loose powder.

5. Apply one coat of OPI Powder Perfection Activator to all five nails, making sure to cover the entire surface of the nail. Allow to dry completely. While the activator dries, complete steps one to five on the other hand.

6. Go back to the first hand and make sure the activator is completely dry. Contour the surface if needed by gently filing with the Edge 180 File, then buff and smooth the surface. Use a light hand when filing and buffing to avoid filing through the layers of powder. Use a cosmetic brush to remove excess powder and filing dust.

7. Apply one coat of OPI Powder Perfection Activator on all five nails of the same hand, making sure to cover the entire surface of each nail. Allow to dry completely. Repeat step
six on the other hand.

8. Apply one coat of OPI Powder Perfection Top Coat to each nail and allow at least one minute to dry. Repeat this application on the other hand. Apply a second coat of top coat
to each nail. Allow one to two minutes to dry. Repeat this application on the other hand.

For more information, visit www.opi.com.  

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