Basic Application

This section details the basic first time application of the Personal Salon Diamond Overlay nails. In just five easy steps: Prepare, Clean, Protein Bond, Diamond Overlay, and UV Bond, you will have beautiful results. For best results, read through the full instructions prior to beginning the application.

Basic Application: Step 1 - Prepare Your Nails

  • A. Start:

    Start with clean, dry nails free of polish.
  • B. Cuticle:

    Use the cuticle stick to push back the cuticle.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconAs you push it back, you may see a little bit of white cuticle skin on the nail plate. Use an edge of your buffing block in a seesaw motion to remove that white tissue, as it blocks access to the natural nail plate.
  • C. Buff & File:

    Use the shaping file and buffing block to file your nails to the desired shape and buff the nails. Be sure to remove any excess cuticle with the block in a back and forth motion, and remove all shine from the nail. Wipe off any dust with a clean, dry paper towel.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconUsing the 100 side of your nail file, take the shine off the rest of the natural nail plate. File the top, corners and sides. Pull the skin away from the nail in order to get all the oil from the sides of the nail plate. Oil impedes adhesion, so you want to take all the shine off of the natural nail plate.

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconSteps 2-5 are done three times: First complete steps 2-5 for four fingers of one hand, repeat steps 2-5 for four fingers of other hand, then repeat steps 2-5 on thumbs.

Basic Application: Step 2 - Cleanse Your Nails

  • A. Cleanse:

    Place a drop or two of anti-microbial Nail Cleanse on each nail and thoroughly clean the entire nail plate with an applicator swab. Pull the skin away from the sides to be sure it's completely cleaned.
  • B. Protect:

    Close the Nail Cleanse immediately after use and do not allow anything to touch the nails prior to Step 3.

Basic Application: Step 3 - Apply the Protein Bond

  • A. Dip:

    Dip a new applicator swab straight in and out of the Protein Bond without tapping the sides and close the bottle.

    Product Care:

    Product Care Info IconClose the Protein Bond bottle immediately. Overexposure to air can cause some crystallization.
  • B. Apply bond:

    Rub the Protein Bond onto the nail plate, covering the entire nail, so the nail is wet without being soaked. Pay special attention to the back and sides of the nail and then coat the free edge.
  • C. Repeat:

    Repeat steps A-C for remaining fingers in the set. Do not allow anything to touch the nails prior to Step 4.

Basic Application: Step 4 - Apply the Overlay

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 4: A-E one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 4:A-E should be followed for each nail individually.
  • A. Dip:

    Doing one nail at a time, dip the applicator brush into the CDO and apply a medium size bead to the center of the nail. Close the lid of the CDO, keeping it away from light.
  • B. Apply:

    Use the applicator brush to push the CDO near to the cuticle and to the sides and end of the nail. CDO is a revolutionary self-leveling product and can be guided by turning your hand to direct the product on the nail. Place the brush between a piece of tinfoil and remove from light.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconYou want a thickness of about 5-7 sheets of paper. Make sure you cover the sides and end of the nail. Your CDO is self-leveling so let the product do the work for you by turning your finger in a position that will allow the CDO to go wherever you want it. The area of your nail most vulnerable to breakage is from the center to the tip. Apply your CDO so that it gradates from thinner at the back, which facilitates easier blending of fill-in lines, to thicker at the center and end of the nail, which reinforces the most vulnerable areas.
  • C. Form Nail:

    Form the nail and remove brush strokes by turning your hand upside down for 10 seconds.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconExcessive brushing can cause bubbles. If you see a bubble, pop it with your cuticle stick.
  • D. Remove Excess:

    Remove excess CDO from skin and cuticle using the cuticle stick.

    For Your Information:

    For Your InformationDon't worry if some of the CDO gets on your skin. CDO has been engineered to NOT bond to your skin.
  • E. Flash Bond:

    Using the bonding lamp, quick set the nail for one second, then remove for five seconds. Repeat this four times. Remove finger immediately if you feel a warming sensation, stop, remove the nail and let dry for a few seconds before continuing.
  • F. Repeat:

    If you want a thicker application, you can repeat steps A-E for the same nail. Otherwise repeat for the remaining nails in the set.

Basic Application: Step 5 - Cure Nails with UV Bond

  • A. Begin Bonding:

    One you complete Step 4:A-E on all four fingers (or two thumbs), cure the nails in the current set at the same time. Place fingers 8-10 inches under the bonding lamp and slowly lower the hood.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconTo ensure even curing on all nails, place your fingers on the lamp's base in the center-most portion of the lamp, directly under the bulb. Position your fingers at a slight angle so they are flat and close together but not touching each other. When bonding your thumbs, bring the lamp to the edge of your table to more easily lay your thumbs flat under the lamp.
  • B. Finish Bonding:

    Leave your fingers in the center of the bonding lamp under the lowered hood for 90 seconds. Remove your hand and lightly touch the product with your finger. If it feels slick, it is dry. If product is still tacky, repeat at 60-second intervals.
  • C. File and Shape:

    If necessary, remove excess cured CDO with the White Shaping File.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFile coming up under the excess as filing on top of the nail removes the shine. File a little bit under the end of the nail, but not too much as over-filing can take off the protective CDO cap you put on the nail.
  • D. Cleanse:

    Clean the skin and cuticle with the Nail Cleanse and a clean dry applicator swab.

Basic Application: Finish Options

A beautiful finish of your choice is easy with your Personal Salon Nail System. After completing the Basic Application: Steps 1-5, thoroughly wash and dry your hands, then select the finish option that is right for you.
  • A. Leave the Shine:

    If your nails look smooth and do not need shaping, simply wear the brilliant clear gloss look as is.
  • B. Remove the Shine:

    For a natural look, dab some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and lighly remove the high gloss finish from the nail. Alternatively, you can lightly buff the surface of the nail to remove the shine.
  • C. Apply Clear Diamond Finish:

    Apply the Clear Diamond Finish (not included in basic kit) on top of the treated nails for a long-lasting, clear, high- gloss look.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconClear Diamond Finish is NOT removable with polish remover.

    • Remove the shine from the cured CDO with a buffing block.
    • Cleanse the nail with Nail Cleanse
    • Doing one nail at a time, apply a thin layer of Clear Diamond Finish, completely covering the nail surface.
    • Set the Clear Diamond Finish by inserting finger under the bonding lamp for five seconds.
    • When all the nails have been set, use the UV lamp to bond all four nails (or two thumbs) at the same time for 90 seconds under the lowered hood.
  • D. Apply Nail Polish

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconThe better quality polishes are denser in color, requiring fewer coats to achieve full coverage.
    • Remove the shine from the cured CDO with a buffing block.
    • Cleanse the nail with Nail Cleanse.
    • Apply the nail polish of your choice on top of the filed and shaped CDO as you would to your regular nail.

Basic Application: Clean Up

Protect your products by following these simple clean up procedures after each use.
  • A. Tightly Close Containers:

    Make sure that all lids on all containers are securely fastened.
  • B. Clean Brush:

    Wipe your brush with a clean paper towel to remove any excess Overlay. Wrap the bristles of the brush tightly in a small piece of aluminum foil to protect it from light. This will keep the bristles from hardening.

    Product Care:

    Product Care Info IconDo not wash your brush with water. If the bristles on your brush are stiff with dried product or if there is any debris on the bristles, use a few drops of Nail Cleanse to clean the brush.
  • C. Spills:

    Check your work area surface for any spills, and if necessary clean using rubbing alcohol (not Nail Cleanse).
  • D. Store:

    Store your Personal Salon Nail System and all components in a cool, dark place our of the reach of children.
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