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Gel Polish Guide

FIRST STEP: It’s very important to use and store your gel polish correctly. Gel polish is light sensitive (that’s why it hardens when exposed to LED light). It will also react to sunlight or natural light if exposed for an extended period of time. If you store the product near a window or around a light source, it’s possible that it can harden inside the bottle over time or within minutes depending on exposure.
  • OOO GEL POLISH MUST CURE FOR 120 SECONDS UNDER A UV LIGHT. 60 SECONDS UNDER LED LIGHT.
  • SHAKE BOTTLE WELL BEFORE USE AND PERIODICALLY (WHEN NOT IN USE) TO MAINTAIN GEL POLISH. NOT UP AND DOWN. TURN BOTTLE UPSIDE DOWN AND SHAKE IN A "Y" MOTION FOR 20-30 SECONDS.
  • PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY.
The first time you open your bottle of OOO gel, you will find that it’s very thick (compared to regular nail polish). This is perfectly normal. Please take the following precautions to properly use and store your gel polish to ensure that you can use it for as long as possible:
    • Do not keep the bottle open for an extended period of time.
    • During the application process, open the bottle to apply the gel onto one nail. While the nail is curing, we recommend you to close the bottle or at least place the cap back over the bottle to cover it. This will minimize the amount of air and light that can get inside.
    • If the bottle is open, don’t set it too close to the LED lamp, as any exposure to the LED light may affect the gel inside the bottle. It’s better to either keep the bottle closed or farther away from the lamp when the LED light is on. Never shine the LED light directly onto an open bottle.
    • Store gel polish bottles in a dark place or inside a drawer, away from windows or other light sources. Do not store in the refrigerator. Always keep bottles at room temperature.
Our gel polish, like our traditional polish, is handmade and slight variations in color will occur. The beauty of handmade products! Our gel polish may or may not remind you of other brands you've used, but our prep and application process will differ and you will need to follow our gel polish guide.

DO

  • Be sure to file BOTH the surface and edge of each nail. Filing the surface allows the gel to adhere better and filing the edges helps keep the gel from chipping.
  • Make sure the first coat of gel polish is VERY thin (barely there). This is extremely important to ensure that the base layer is not too thick, which will affect the lasting. You can remove excess gel polish from the brush (before applying) by wiping it along the opening of the bottle. This will help in ensuring a VERY thin first layer.
  • Make the 2nd coat slightly thicker with even strokes of gel polish. This will create a nice, smooth top layer, which can last longer.
  • "Cap" the tip of every nail by running the brush along the edge. This will also protect from chipping by providing a thicker layer of gel along the nail edge.
  • Close the bottle of gel polish when not in use, and while you are waiting for each curing cycle if possible (or at least set the cap over the bottle while you are curing to minimize the amount of air and light that enters the bottle). This will prevent the gel from drying out, as gel reacts to both LED light and also natural light. Avoid having the LED lamp shine directly on an open bottle of gel, as this will also dry out the gel.
GEL POLISH WRINKLING? 

It is likely that the pigment to gel ratio has become imbalanced. It is important to shake your gel bottles regularly and before every use (even if you used it the day before). 

Also, ensure that each layer dries completely, wrinkling can also occur from applying layers too thick. Thin coats should solve the issue.

 

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