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Matte Black Nails With Glossy Tips: How To Create A Matte French Mani

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Get black matte nails with shiny tips using these simple steps! It's an elegant monochrome French mani easier than it looks when you use this dip powder technique.
PRO TIP: Make sure you thoroughly prep nails to ensure adhesion & long-lasting wear! Push back cuticles, create a rough texture on the nail plate by filing, and sanitize thoroughly.
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Step 1
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 1 Bond. Allow it to dry completely.
Step 2
  • For a thinner and more even application, be sure to stir powder before dipping.
Step 3
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 2 Base and immediately dip finger into color powder of choice. Here we are using CL-64.

PRO TIP: Brushes may harden or pick up color powder during application. Simply switch them between Brush Softener for easy cleaning & workability.

Step 4
  • Repeat application for more coverage.
Step 5
  • Apply Step 3 Activator and allow a few minutes for powder to harden.
Step 6
  • Buff and shape the nails to desired shape and smoothness.
Step 7
  • Wash hands thoroughly or use a lint-free wipe saturated in alcohol to wipe the nails clean from any filing debris.

PRO TIP: Make sure nails are completely dry before moving to the next step!

Step 8
  • Apply a second coat of Step 3 Activator to the entire nail. Allow 3-5 minutes for nails to dry.

PRO TIP: If you live in a humid climate, you may need to increase your dry time.

Step 9
  • Apply a strip of nail tape to create a French smile line.
Step 10
  • Carefully apply a thin coat of Step 4 Sealer to the tip of the nail and allow 2-3 minutes for it to dry.
Step 11
  • Apply a second, and final, coat of Step 4 Sealer. Allow 3-5 minutes for nails to fully dry. Once dry, peel the nail tape off.

PRO TIP: Don't apply more than 2 coats of Sealer as this will prevent even drying & may result in a gummy mani.

Finish
  • Get black matte nails with shiny tips using these simple steps! It's an elegant monochrome French mani easier than it looks when you use this dip powder technique.

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