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Lifting ruining your day? No worries, we got you.

Hello 𝒷𝑒𝒶𝓊𝓉𝒾𝑒𝓈, going throughout the week and notice some nail lifting happening? Lifting occurs when dipping powder doesn’t properly adhere to the nail. As with lifting of all types of enhancements, this issue starts from the prepping stage of the service. No, worries here some steps you can take to help prevent this from happening. The nail bed must be free of debris and moisture to ensure proper adhesion.

Take extra time with your prep steps if you find your dip nails are lifting. Use a cuticle remover tool to remove any dead skin from the nail plate. I like to use a buffer to lightly buff the surface of the nail; it gives just the right texture to the nail surface to promote adhesion. So by adding friction to your nail bed, your dip set can adhere better compared to a smooth nail surface. Be sure to buff the entire nail bed, including the cuticle area after your cuticles are pushed back. Follow with a bonder to dehydrate the nail before applying the base.
Now that you’ve prepped your nails, you’re ready to start the dipping process! There are a few precautions you can take at this stage that can help prevent premature lifting. Be careful not to apply dipping liquid outside of the nail surface, always avoid touching the cuticles. Be sure not to apply a nice layer of #2 Base around the cuticle area as it may run to the crease of the nail that touches the skin... It's easy to rush the Base... and since they go on clear, it doesn't seem like a big deal. But it is! Taking the care to apply these layers precisely will save a lot of grief later on!
Mistakes happen. 
So if the Step 2 Base happens to get on the fingers or cuticles, use a cuticle pusher to clean around the cuticle area, or if you really want to make it last simply remove with acetone and start over. As nails grow out with the dip powder applied on the cuticles, it will create a gap between the powder and the natural nail surface. This gap is what we call lifting of the nail which can further allow skin, dirt, water, or oil to enter, causing it to lift even more.

If you’re following these steps and still running into challenges with your dip lifting, please feel free to contact us at We are happy to help!

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