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I'm a beginner! What's the first thing to do for my gel mani?

If you don't prep your nails, your gels won't last. To apply your candy like a pro, perform a dry manicure. Remove shine from your nails with a file (240 grit ideally) and dehydrate the nail with our bubblegum IPA clean, prep and wipe. Make sure your nails are 100% dry!

Uh oh, what's a dry manicure?!

A dry manicure is simply not having to soak your hands in water prior to your application. To perform this, remove any polish you have on, file your nails and shape them. Apply some cuticle remover to soften them and exfoliate. Push your cuticles back, apply cuticle glaze and massage. Wipe with bubblegum IPA to keep your nails super dry and clean. Now you are ready to coat your nails in candy.

How do I apply Candy Coat gel polish?

Make sure you shake the bottle vigorously. The gel polish cures 30-60secs (30sec with Candy Cure, 60sec with any 48W lamp) on each step with LED and 2mins on each step with UV. Once your nails have been prepped, lightly apply our Tight Bond primer and allow to air dry in 10secs. 

Once your nails are ready it's base, cure, colour, cure, colour, cure, top, cure! Always use thin coats, cleanse, a dab of our candy scented cuticle glaze and you are good to go!

Help, my candy is flooding and falling into my sidewalls, what should I do?

Try not to work the gel too much! Take your time whilst applying thin coats for a flawless application. If gel floods into the cuticle, simply use a dry brush with alcohol to clean before curing. 

Can you give me any tips to get them perfect?

Thin coats! Always apply thin coats from the base to the top coat. Make sure to cap the free edge on all coats. 

What's the free edge?

It's the edge of the nail that extends beyond the fingertip. Also make sure you coat the edge from side to side to ensure your candy is fully capped!

How do I remove Candy Coat gel polish?

It's super easy with Candy Coat! With a light buff to the top coat, a good soak of our bubblegum acetone in cotton candy wool securely wrapped in foil or clips for up to 10mins, Candy Coat will begin to just flake off. Use our pink gel polish scraper to scrape the gel off, buff your nails then wipe away the dust with our bubblegum clean, prep and wipe. 

What happens after I soak it off?

Using our neon pink sticks or our pink gel remover tool gently remove the gel polish from your nails. 

What's the best lamp to use?

Our Candy Coat candy lamps! Our 48W Candy Lamp or our 60W Candy Cure lamp cures in 15-60sec, plays cool sounds, has a detachable magnetic base and makes your nails noticeably shinier! Check it out right here

If you have other lamps, here are the curing times below:

36W UV 2mins

48W LED 60secs

60W UV/LED 30sec

Which top coat is suitable to apply glitter and crystals to your gels?

Candy Coat's Super Sticky Glaze gives a very sticky tacky layer for you to apply glitter, foils and gems perfectly. 

How do I apply the glitter to Candy Coat gels?

Once you've cured your second coat of colour, apply our Super Sticky Glaze and cure. Using our candy glitter brush, slowly burnish it into the inhibition layer. Once that's done, brush off any excess with a duster or fan brush and apply Candy Coat's Super Shiny No Wipe Top Coat to finish. 

I have thin nails and gel polish does not last on me, help me?

Super Strength to the rescue! Apply a thin coat of base coat and cure for 60secs. Then apply super strength and cure for another 60 seconds. Apply another coat of super strength and cure for 60 seconds and finish with our super shiny no wipe top coat for shiny nails! Our super amazing formula works it's magic to ensure your nails are super strong ready for your candy coat. 

Will my nails chip?

You may have weak or brittle nails that do not take on gel polish for long! We have solved this problem with two products, Tight Bond and Super Strength. Apply both prior to any gel polish application. 

As long as you apply correctly with thin coats, using our base coat, top coat and using the correct lamp to cure, whilst ensuring that all fingers are positioned correctly in the lamp, you should have absolutely no problems!

OMG my nails split, what do I do?

To hide imperfections and for the best coverage our builder gels are your go to product. Apply our builder gel over the nail as you would do with gel polish, using thin coats. It is applied exactly the same way as gel polish and cured 60secs on each step with LED and 2mins with a UV lamp. 

My nails are so short, how can I get them any longer?

Super Grow to the rescue! Candy Coat's new powerful treatment formula will support growth of nails whilst keeping them strong and healthy. 

How do I apply Super Grow?

The first thing to do is prep nails.  Apply Tight Bond (optional) and allow to air dry for 10seconds. Apply one thin coat of super grow

Cure for 60 seconds. Apply another thin coat of super grow and cure for 60 seconds. Apply a second thin coat of super grow

and cure for 60 seconds. Wipe with clean.prep.wipe when using regular top coat. Finish with cuticle glaze.

How do I apply Rapid Repair?

Prep your nails and ensure they 100% dry. Apply Tight bond and air dry fro 10seconds. Apply one thin coat of rapid repair and cure for 60 seconds. Apply a second coat thin coat of rapid repair

and cure for 60 seconds. Then apply one thin coat of top coat and cure for 60 seconds. Wipe with clean.prep.wipe when using regular top coat and finish with cuticle glaze.

How often do I apply the treatment?

We recommend a fortnightly treatment. 

Can we use both treatment products together?

Both products have been developed to combat individual problems therefore we recommend you to use them individually to see results. 

Can I apply a colour on top of the treatment products?

You certainly can however we recommend you not to for badly damaged or bitten nails. 

My nails have bent and I need to fix it, do you have a product for that?

Yes! We certainly do! Candy Coat's Quick Fix will conceal any imperfections whilst making them flat and smooth. 

My nails are not as white as I'd like, help!

No problem! Candy Coat's Colour Correct is amazing and conceals and corrects discoloured nails. 

Love my gels but I need a break! Any advice?

Of course! We've developed an amazing product called Detox that revitalises and charges your nails after consistent gel mani's. 

How do I apply Cat Eye Products?

To apply cat eye colours or cat eye magic top coat, simply hold a cat eye magnet over a second uncured coat of colour for 3-5 secs. Repeat the process on each nail and cure as normal. 

How do I take care of my nails after a gel polish application?

Simply apply our sweet scented candy coated cuticle glaze or cuticle conditioner on a daily basis!

And for even more sweeter hands, finish off with a squirt of our strawberries and cream hand lotion.