Q: Can Multi-Flex Gel be used for gel manicures or hard gel overlays?
A: The answer to this question is BOTH! You can apply Multi-Flex gel as thin or as thick as you’d like. It will add strength to any manicure and can be used as base coat as well as builder gel.
Q: Do I have to use primer?
A: No, however if you are doing a soak-off gel manicure we at least recommend you use the “Commit” primer to any filed tips or the free edge of the natural nail. However, every single client is different, they may need a primer where others won't. If you are using Multi-Flex for an enhancement (i.e. overlay or extension) and would like to “fill” the nail later then the answer is yes, 2 coats of “Commit” on the natural nail before application of the gel. Please allow Commit to dry completely in between coats and before application of Multi-Flex.
Q: Do I need a base coat?
A: Nope! Luminary Multi-Flex gel is a base, builder, and color in one! Clarity is the only one that has no color because it's clear.
Q: Can I apply any brand of gel color on top?
A: Absolutely! Most brands of gel color will work over the Luminary system. After curing Multi-Flex DO NOT wipe the sticky layer. Just apply gel color and cure. If you are doing an overlay and would like to finish file your nails, make sure to add a layer of “Commit” over the filed dry nail before applying color for perfect worry free adhesion.
Q: How do I deal with the “Heat Spike”?
A: As with most gel systems your client may experience a bit of a heat spike (aka exothermic reaction) depending on how thick you layer your gel as well as the condition of their nail. Try using an LED light with a dimming feature (1/2 power). That will help tremendously or if you don’t have one, try flash curing by having your client go in and pull out of the light after 5-10 seconds. Once should be enough but depending on your clients sensitivity level, you may want to repeat the process.
Q: How do I apply your gel?
- Prep the nail as you normally would ensuring all skin, dust, debris, and the natural shine of the nail plate are gently removed.
- Use "Commit" primer if you plan on filing and backfilling in the future. If you plan on soaking off you can apply “Commit” to the free edge only or not at all. This gel has great adhesion on its own, but each client is individual, so experimentation may have to take place if you do not intend on using primer.
- Apply a thin layer of Multi-Flex and cure for 30 sec in an LED or hybrid lamp or 2 mins in a CFL lamp. We recommend using an LED or hybrid lamp for best results. Any lamp from The Nail Hub will cure Luminary exceptionally well.
- Grab a larger amount and work from cuticle to free edge, floating the gel or do a few thin layers. What's amazing about this gel is there are no rules. Apply as thick or as thin as you'd like.
- OPTIONAL: Turn your client's hand upside down, let the gel form a perfect arch (moving with the brush if necessary)
- Turn your clients hand back over, let the gel settle back down just slightly, check your line of light and have them immediately go into the lamp. Cure for 30 seconds for a thin layer and 60 seconds for a thicker layer. Work 1 finger at a time. *Side Note* If you feel the need to finish file after your base/overlay application you may do so, but before applying gel color or top coat apply a layer of “Commit” first to ensure proper adhesion of the next layer.
- Apply gel polish if desired curing for the recommended time for your gel color.
- Apply “Empower” top coat and cure for 60 sec in an LED or hybrid lamp or 4 minutes in a CFL lamp.
- You're finished!