Advanced Application: Using Tips

Before you Begin:

NEVER glue a tip onto your natural nail. The adhesive used with tips is equivalent to super glue so that if the tip is removed, it may take several layers of your natural nail with it. If this happens, allow your nails proper time to heal before using any nail enhancement products. Tips are glued on top of the bonded CDO. When you sandwich the tip between layers of CDO, you not only protect your nail plate, you also strengthen the tip's hold. Use ONLY ABS-PLASTIC tips. Nylon tips won't work. Pre-etched tips (such as Well-Less) can be glued on with little or no blending needed. On the underside of each tip, there is a curved line called the "guideline." The guideline separates the thinner area of the back of the tip called the "tip well," from the rest of the tip. The tip well is the ONLY part of the tip that seals onto the nail plate. The guideline should butt up against the free edge of your nail. Tips should cover no more than the front half of your nail.

Application Order Note:

If you do not already have CDO on your nails, follow the complete Basic Application instructions to first apply CDO to your nails prior to beginning Tip application. If you do have CDO, begin with Using Tips: Step 1 below.

Using Tips: Step 1 - Prepare the Nails

  • A. Select Tips:

    Match each nail with a corresponding tip that is the same width as the nail plate. If you can't find an exact match, choose a larger one and file the width down.
  • B. File and Shape:

    File the shine off the entire top surface of each tip using the 100 grit file. (You don't need to file the underside of a tip). If the tip well covers more than half of your nail plate, use your file to shorten it.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconIf you don't use pre-etched tips, grasp the front of the tip firmly between your fingers and use the 100 grit file to thin down the tip well area without filing through the plastic. When it starts to get fairly thin, switch to the 180 grit to carefully finish thinning the tip well area.
  • C. Fit Tips:

    Hold the tip at about a 45 degree angle downward and use an up and down "rocking" motion to seat the tip onto the nail. The guideline should butt up evenly against the tip of your nail. If the tip's guideline does not butt up securely against the free edge of the nail, lightly file and shape the nail to conform to the curve of the guideline. Make sure the tip covers the entire span of your nail plate and butts up against the skin on each side of the nail without overlapping onto it.
  • D. Remove Shine:

    File the shine off the entire surface of the bonded CDO with the 180 grit file..
  • E. Cleanse:

    Wipe off any filing dust with a clean paper towel. Use your anti-microbial cleanser, Nail Cleanse, to remove any remaining dust or oil. Drop some Nail Cleanse onto either the end of an Applicator Swab, a paper towel, or directly onto the CDO on your nail.

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 2: 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 5:A-E should be followed for each nail individually.

Using Tips: Step 2- Apply Tip

  • A. Apply Glue:

    Squeeze a drop of glue near the outer edge of each side of the tip's well or brush glue onto the well area so that the area is filled. Be sure not to "flood" the tip. If you accidentally overfill, use a dry paper towel to blot up any excess or use your glue brush to wipe it off.
  • B. Align:

    Carefully butt the tip guideline up against the free edge of your nail using the rocking motion practiced earlier. The glue should distribute evenly under the tip. If any glue seeps onto the nail bed, wipe it off immediately with a quick swipe of a clean paper towel.
  • C. Glue Tips:

    Press the tip firmly down onto your nail. Be sure the tip is straight! Continue to apply even pressure for about 30 seconds. To prevent air pockets, be careful not to bump it. Gently release your fingers from pressing down on the tip. You may find that your fingers are partially glued to the tip, so be careful not to pull away too fast.
  • D. Repeat:

    Repeat A-C on the remaining fingers in the set, doing one finger at a time as before..

Using Tips: Step 3 - Shape and Cleanse

  • A. Cut, File and Shape:

    Using a pair of heavy-duty nail clippers, trim your tips slightly longer than the desired length. Shape the tips using the 100/180 grit file. Smooth the edges with your buffer.
  • B. Cleanse:

    Use Nail Cleanse to thoroughly clean the CDO, tip, skin, and cuticle .

Using Tips: Step 4 - Apply the Overlay

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 3: 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 3: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 form. 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 form. 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 desired):

    If you want a thicker application, you can repeat steps A-E.

Using Tips: Step 5 - Cure Nails with UV Bond

  • A. Begin Bonding:

    One you complete Step 5: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. Remove Forms:

    Carefully pull the forms out from under the nails. (When you take the forms off, you'll see that the product is transparent.)
  • D. 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.
  • E. Cleanse

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