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Smoky Gray Nails: Marbled Smoky Nail Art Made Easy

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Smokin’ hot nails… made easy. A smoky gray layer of JL09 and a quick swirl of CL64 create this drop dead gorgeous mani. It’s an easy, fool-proof way to practice your marbling 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 coat of Step 1 Bond and allow it to dry completely.
Step 2
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 2 Base and immediately dip fingernail into Base & Finish powder.

PRO TIP: Avoid getting the product onto cuticles, powder will pick up wherever Base is applied.

Step 3
  • Tap finger to remove loose powder. Follow by using a pointed tool, like a toothpick or Jelly Pusher, to clean around the cuticles. Then use a fluffy brush to sweep off any excess powder from the nail surface.
Step 4
  • Apply a second coat of Step 2 Base to the entire nail, and immediately dip fingernail into JL09.

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

Step 5
  • Tap finger to remove loose powder, then use a pointed tool, like a toothpick or Jelly Pusher, to clean around the cuticles. Use a fluffy brush to sweep off the excess powder from the nail surface.
Step 6
  • In a shallow container, pour some Base & Finish powder. Add a couple small dollops of CL64.
  • Using a pointed tool, gently swirl CL64 into the Base & Finish powder.
Step 7
  • Apply a coat of Step 2 Base to the entire nail, then gently lay the nail into the swirled dip powder.
Step 8
  • Apply another thin coat of Step 2 Base to the entire nail and immediately dip into Base & Finish powder.
Step 9
  • Apply Step 3 Activator to the entire nail, and allow a few minutes for the dip blend to harden.
Step 10
  • File and buff nail to achieve desired nail shape and smoothness.
Step 11
  • Wash hands or use a lint-free wipe saturated in alcohol to wipe the nails clean from filing debris.
Step 12
  • Apply a coat of Step 4 Sealer to the entire nail and allow it to dry for 1-2 minutes.
Step 13
  • Apply a second coat of Step 3 Activator and allow it to dry for 5 full minutes.

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

Step 14
  • Wash hands or use a lint free wipe saturated in alcohol to wipe the nails clean.

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

Step 15
  • Apply a coat of Step 4 Sealer and allow 2-3 minutes for nails to dry.
Step 16
  • Apply a second coat of Step 4 Sealer and allow 3-5 minutes for nails to dry.

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

Finish!
  • Get smoke effect nails with this dip nail tutorial. A coat of our gray Jelly dip powder layers beautifully with marbled black dip powder for a hazy, hot mani!

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