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How to Not Screw Up Applying Powders!

Posted on 13 February 2018


How do I even do this? I seem to have forgotten..oh, wait...ya, no..okay, I just type. Ya, okay, got it! Wow! It has been a while since I wrote one of these! So powders are the new big thing and it's obvious why. Well, for those that don't know why it's obvious, IT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE FRIGGIN FABULOUS! They make your nails sparkle and shine and shift colors and they're just so awesome! So I thought I'd type up a short blog on how to use the powders and I thought you wonderful readers can also chime in and add your tips and tricks in the comment section and we can all share and spread the love and knowledge around. Let's get started!

1. I'm All About That Base, 'Bout The Base!

You can use either regular polish or gel polish for your base polish. Just keep in mind that if you are using a regular polish you will have to wait for the polish to dry completely before the next step. If you apply a gel polish as your base, cure under a lamp for 60 seconds. We recommend a lamp that is 36 watts.


It's important to note here that different base colors will affect how the powders look once applied. For example, to achieve the results in the photos of the Chrome Collection (pictured below), they must be applied over a black base.



2. Applying the Top Coat

A truly riveting and exciting step. I know this is the one you've all been waiting for! This step seems pretty easy but you know, it's the number 1 question we get emails about in regards to powders. "What brand top coat do you recommend?" My answer has been the same for the past year. I recommend using OneDor Gel Top Coat. It's around $9 USD and you can find it on Amazon. Apply it over your nails, cure for 60 seconds. Do not wipe away tacky layer. 




Time for some fun! Remember, less is more when it comes to powders. You really don't need much to get results. I wish all relationships were this easy. *Le sigh*

Lightly sprinkle your powder over the entire nail. You may also dip your fingernail directly into the pot. Once the nail is covered, begin rubbing the powder in using either your fingertips, a sponge applicator, or a Twinkled T Silicone Tool

Once desired look has been achieved (hooray!) apply the gel top coat again and cure for 60 seconds. You may wipe away tacky layer now. 

Side Note- House of Mirrors looks best when this step is repeated. That's how to really get the mirror look. 


4. Cleaning 

Seriously? Why am I writing a step for this? Just wash your hands with soap and water. If you'd like a recommendation, I've personally been using Arctic Berry from B&BWorks but really, you can use any soap you'd like. 



You're all done!! Look at those beautiful nails omgaaaaah. Now, I know there are people out there that say you can use powders with regular polish *Insert emoji with the guy holding both hands to his face like he's really shocked* but the truth is I haven't tested these techniques. I'm sorry! I'm not perfect, okay?! If you have some techniques to share please comment below!


Lots of love,


1/2 Twinkled T Sisters

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  • Drew Monos: March 10, 2018

    Hi! I was wondering what top coat to use when finished buffing on the powders using non-gel polish. Thanks!


  • Drew Monos: March 10, 2018

    Hi! I was wondering what top coat to use when doing this with only normal nail polish so it doesn’t screw up the powders. Thanks!

  • Liz- Twinkled T: February 14, 2018

    Hi Sheila!

    Thank you for reading our new blog! I’m sorry, I have yet to find a technique where the powders give the same results with regular polish. I know there are several YouTube videos that show you how to do them but I didn’t want to put those directions in this blog as they have not been tested and proven by us. The technique I did try about a year ago yielded poor results for me. That’s why I put at the end that if anyone has some helpful info to please share it and spread the knowledge. Hoping to get some good feedback! :)


  • Sheila: February 14, 2018

    What about steps for using all regular polish? I have natural nails and only use regular polish. I love the effects of the chrome and holographic powders but will it work if not using gel polish?

    If so, is there a specific brand recommended for both color polish to use under and top coat so it doesn’t ruin the affect?


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