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Help! It won’t peel off!
This is the most common problem, and it tends to happen more with girls who have non-oily nails. There are a few things you can try:
– Make sure the polish on top of the peel-off base is quite thick. I’ve only had the base refuse to come off as a big flake once, when I used a sparse coat of glitter over a thin creme. A thicker polish “lasagna” will give you better leverage to break the seal between the base and the nail. A good combo for adding volume to the nail is a chunky glitter feeder (Glitter Food, Essence gel look) followed by quick-dry (Seche Vite, Poshe).
– Try taking a hot shower or bath before peeling. The hot water will dissolve the PVA a bit, and make it bendier, which can make it easier to peel. The downside to this is that your nail is weaker when wet, which increases the chance of you damaging your nail during removal (more on that later).
– Use two coats of base
– Make sure your nails aren’t too oily before application – dip a cotton bud (Q tip) in acetone and rub it over your nail before you start.
– Leave a 1-2 mm border of bare nail, or paint it in carefully with regular base coat. If your polish only peels off at the free edge, do a bare French tip.
Help! My nails are flaking off!
Anything that involves peeling stuff off your nails will cause a little bit of damage. Even peeling sticky tape off your bare nail will strip the surface, albeit very very slightly. PVA is the same – it’s a lot less damage than regular base coats, plus it’s easy to scratch the nail with whatever you’re wedging the polish off with (hopefully not the corner of your thumbnail!).
– First, make sure it’s actually your nails! PVA leaves a white residue on your nails which looks like terrible damage – it’ll rub off with soap and water.
– If the base coat isn’t coming off easily in a few big pieces, don’t force it – that seems to be where most of the damage happens.
– Peeling the polish off from the cuticle to the tip will minimise flaking at the tip, which is the most easily damaged part of the nail.
– Some people’s nails will be simply to flaky to take the peeling – you’ll have to decide for your own nails. In terms of long-term damage, I’ve been using peel-off base almost exclusively for the past month, changing polish every 2-3 days, and my nails don’t show any visible damage – in fact my nails have never looked better, especially at the tips, where I’d often start peeling away at regular polish when it started to chip. If you’re guilty of this too, peel-off base might help 😉
Help! My polish stained through the PVA!
This one’s easy! Add a layer of your regular stain-preventing base coat on top of the PVA, before you add colour. It doesn’t work so well the other way around!
Hope that helps you make the most of your peel-off base coat!