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OPI GelColor Application and Removal

by NLS Staff | February 13, 2012

The line debuted with 30 of the most sought-after OPI hues — along with base and top coats — to produce glossy, smooth, chip-free color. Some popular colors include I’m Not Really A Waitress, Russian Navy, Bubble Bath, and Lincoln Park After Dark.

1. Prep the nails and shake each bottle before use. Polish on base coat. Cap the free edges and cure for 30 seconds.

2. Polish on GelColor. Cap free edges and cure for 30 seconds. Then apply a second thin coat, cap free edges, and cure for 30 seconds.

3. Polish on Top Coat, cap the free edges, and cure for 30 seconds.

4. Easy Removal: To remove moist surface residue, saturate an OPI Expert Touch Removal pad with OPI Expert Touch Remover.

5. Place the wrap over the gel and wrap around finger.

6. Check after 15 minutes and gently push off gel with a reusable cuticle stick.

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