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We are offering a discount on our White Color Gel #002 because our jars were filled by weight instead of volume.  Since the white is so pigmented, it actually weighs more, which leaves a lesser volume in the jar.  We don't want you unhappy when you open a jar that is lower than the others, so the white will be 20% off until this batch is sold. Thank you for your understanding!

Application Procedures


  1. Have your client thoroughly wash & dry their hands. Lightly push back the proximal fold with our Ugly Duckling Cuticle Tool or C-Curve Tool.
  2. Gently Etch the nail plate with our Ugly Duckling Medium Zebra File. If you prefer using our e-file, a Medium Arbor Sanding Band works great!
  3. Remove all dust. Do not use a cleanser that contains oil.
  4. Apply Ugly Duckling Prep to all 10 nails.
  5. Apply Ugly Duckling Primer to all 10 nails.
  6. Apply 1 coat of Natural Base or Build-A-Base being sure to wrap the edges and cure for 60 seconds in your Ugly Duckling LED Gel Lamp. Do not remove the inhibition layer from the cured base.
  7. Apply Color Gel sparingly. Stroke evenly on the nail, making sure to wrap the edge of the natural nail. Apply 4 fingers and cure. Repeat on the other hand. Apply both thumbs and cure for 60 seconds in your Ugly Duckling LED Gel Lamp. Be sure each coat has a full cure: freeze-curing, or applying the product too generously may cause the product to wrinkle.
  8. Apply 1-3 coats until desired coverage is acheived.
  9. Top with your choice of Ugly Duckling Top Coat and cure for 60 seconds.
  10. If using our Tacky Top or Matte Top Coat: once fully cured, allow the nails to "cool" for about 45-60 seconds before cleansing the inhibition layer with our Gel Cleanse. Cleansing too soon after the final cure can risk the top coat dulling (Tacky Top) or not appearing as matte as possible (Matte Top Coat).


  • Finish shaping your enhancement with our Ugly Duckling Medium grit Zebra File or if you prefer an e-file, our Medium grit Arbor Sanding Bands work great! Do not buff or finish the nail with anything finer than a Medium grit or you may risk the polish peeling.
  • Remove all dust. Do not use a cleanser on the surface of the enhancement. Do not use alcohol or acetone as it will soften the grooves and create too smooth a suface for maximum adhesion. Apply Gel Polish directly over the dust-free enhancements.
  • We do not use Prep, Primer or Base Coat over enhancements prior to Color Gel application. Simply shape/finish file and follow steps 7-10 from above "over natural nails".
    Although our Color Gels are a soakable formulation, we prefer to remove by filing. This minimizes over-exposure to chemicals. We suggest using a hand file or an e-file, whichever you feel most comfortable with.

    Q: Can Color Gel be worn as a full color on top of a finish filed enhancement? Can it be encapsulated?
    A: Yes and Yes! Color Gel can be worn on top of a finished nail, just light gel polish or it can be encapsulated in our Sculpting Gel, Build-A-Base and Acrygel if you prefer that method.
    Q: My Color Gel wrinkled after curing - why did this happen?
    A: Wrinkled Color Gel is typically a sign that the product has been applied too generously. Because of it's creamy, pigment rich formula, its best to add 2 thin coats rather than 1 thick coat.

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