Tips and Tricks on Nail Polish Storage and Usage
- Salon Results
- Magnetic Polish
- Glitter Polish
- Thermal Polish
- Neon Polish
- Glow In The Dark Polish
Nail polish should be stored in a cool, dry place when not in use.
Polish can become thick, gloopy and difficult to apply over time because ingredients slowly evaporate as air gets into the bottle. We recommend you keep the neck of the bottle clean when not in use. This allows the lid to create a far better seal when the bottle is closed and can help to lengthen the life of your polish.
If your polish becomes too thick, we recommend adding a few drops of a good quality nail polish thinner which will replace the evaporated ingredients. Do not use nail polish remover as this will break down the consistency of the suspension base even further.
Colourants, pigments and glitters etc (all the "good stuff" that makes the magic happen) may separate from the suspension base over time. This is quite normal and there is likely nothing wrong with the polish itself. Shake the bottle vigorously if this happens, and you should find that all the components mix back together easily; the steel ball in the bottle will help to agitate the components.
Getting that "Salon" look
- Use a good quality base coat on clean, dry nails before applying nail polish. This will give your polish an even surface to adhere to, making your finished manicure look smooth and professional. It will also help to prevent staining and extend the life of your manicure.
- Apply thin coats of polish and wait for it to dry between coats. A couple of thin coats will last longer and give far more effective coverage than thick coats.
- Finish your manicure with top coat, and re-apply every 2/3 days to keep that high-gloss, "just stepped out of the salon" appearance. Use gloves if your hands are regularly in contact with water or harsh chemicals.
- Moisturise your hands and cuticles at every opportunity!
How to achieve the "cat eye" effect with magnetic polish
The perfect cat eye manicure has two very important requirements: [responsive] magnetic nail polish and a strong neodymium magnet. We have you covered in both cases.
After painting your nail with magnetic polish, hold the magnet as close to the wet nail polish as you can (without touching the nail) for 10 to 15 seconds. This should be long enough for the magnetic particles to hold the pattern once the magnet is removed. Repeat with a second coat and top coat if required (again using the magnet on all wet coats).
Note: Introduce the magnet to your nail [vertically from the top down]; if you bring the magnet in from the side, the strength of the magnet will make all of the polish react, ruining the line effect.
Effects will vary depending on the pattern of the magnet being used.
- Keep away from pacemakers.
- Powerful magnets can damage electronics.
- Not for children, parental supervision required.
- All magnets may chip and shatter, but if used correctly can last a lifetime. If damaged please dispose of completely.
- Shards are still magnetised and if swallowed can inflict serious damage.
Application and removal of glitter polish
Glitter polish is definitely fun to wear, but it can be tricky to apply and remove.
Application: We recommend that you apply thin coats and allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat. Some larger glitters may require a touch up of positioning after brushing onto the nail. Glitter dries to a textured finish; wear top coat to obtain a smooth finish and bring out the sparkle.
Removal: Soak a small piece of cotton wool in nail polish remover and place over your nail. Wrap tin foil around your finger tip and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Slide the foil and cotton wool off of your finger taking the majority of the glitter with it. Any remaining glitter can be removed relatively easily.
- Try layering the glitter polish over or a base of a similar colour to scale down the textured finish.
- You can always use a peel-off base coat!
Properties of thermal polish
Thermal polishes tend to dry to a semi-matte finish. Use a top coat to make the polish shine; it will not affect the thermal properties.
When painting your nails, you may sometimes notice small blobs of thermal pigment that has clumped post manufacture. Simply remove the blob and continue with your manicure. Leaving the blob will result in the darker thermal colour showing through the warm colour.
Thermal pigments change colour at temperatures ranging from 16°C to 30°C depending on the polish.
The effectiveness of the thermal pigment used in our nail polish will lessen over time. For best results, use within 6/12 months. Following good storage practices will help to improve the polish durability.
Properties of neon polish
You may have noticed that neon colours pop with a white base. Our neons should not need a base but one can be used if preferred.
When painting your nails, you may sometimes notice small blobs of neon pigment that has clumped post manufacture. Simply remove the blob and continue with your manicure.
The effectiveness of the neon pigment used in our nail polish will lessen over time. For best results, use within 6 months. Following good storage practices will help to improve the polish durability.
Properties of GITD polish
Whereas any light will charge the GITD pigment, UV light is like the supercharger. Natural sunlight will obviously, therefore, charge your nails but if you need a quick boost, try using a UV torch (also known as black light).
When wearing GITD polish as a topper, the glow will be more visible on lighter base colours.
GITD pigment can make the polish look "cloudy" in the bottle - this cloudiness cannot be seen when painted on the nails.
GITD polishes tend to dry semi-matte and have a slightly 'grainy' texture. Use a top coat to smooth the polish and make it shine; it will not diminish the glow effect.
The effectiveness of the GITD pigment used in our nail polish will lessen over time. For best results, use within 12 months. Following good storage practices will help to improve the polish durability.