7 Mistakes to Avoid When Using BIAB

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Using BIAB - Polish Amsterdam

BIAB is a revolutionary gel nail product that allows you to create strong, beautiful nails at home. However, even the most experienced nail enthusiasts can make mistakes that affect the longevity and appearance of their BIAB manicure. By understanding these common pitfalls and learning how to avoid them, you can ensure your nails look their best. In this article, we’ll cover the most common mistakes made when using BIAB and provide tips to help you achieve a flawless application every time. 

Mistake 1: Applying Thick Layers

Applying too much BIAB in one layer can lead to uneven curing and lifting. 

How to Avoid?

  • Thin layers: Apply BIAB in thin, even layers to ensure proper curing. 
Smooth Application: Make sure to use a gentle, even brush stroke to avoid lumps and bumps and use our Fine Liner to even out the product. 

    Mistake 2: Not Prepping Nails Properly

    Skipping essential nail prep steps can prevent BIAB from adhering correctly and lead to lifting. 

    How to avoid?

    • Clean and Dry: Ensure your nails are clean and dry before starting. Remove any oils or residues with our Liquid Remover or alcohol. 
    • Buff the Surface: Lightly buff the nail surface with either our Pink buffer block or buffer grit 80/100 to create a rough texture for better adhesion. 
    • Push Back Cuticles: Gently push back cuticles using our stainless steel cuticle pusher to prevent lifting at the base. 

    Mistake 3: Incorrect Curing Times

    Not curing BIAB for the correct amount of time can result in incomplete curing and weak nails. 

    How to Avoid?

    • Follow our Instructions: Always adhere to the curing times specified by your BIAB manufacturer. At Polish Amsterdam, we suggest curing between 60-120 seconds depending on the nature of your natural nails. 
    • Use a Suitable Lamp: Ensure your UV lamp is compatible with your BIAB product for effective curing. We suggest getting our Foldable UV Lamp for easy and efficient use. 
    • Proper Placement: Place your nails correctly under the lamp to ensure even curing. 

    Mistake 4: Over-Filing the Natural Nail 

    Over-filing the natural nail can weaken it and cause damage. 

    How to Avoid?

    • Gentle Filing: Lightly buff the surface without applying too much pressure. Avoid thinning the natural nail excessively. We recommend you watch our tutorial video on how to correctly prep your nails. Click here. 
    • Use the Right Tools: Use a fine-grit buffer like our buffer grit 80/100 to gently roughen the surface for better adhesion. 

    Mistake 5: Neglecting the Free Edge

    Not sealing the free edge of the nail can lead to chipping and lifting. 

    How to Avoid?

    • Cap the Free Edge: After applying each layer, run the brush along the free edge of the nail to seal it. 
    • Ensure Coverage: Make sure the BIAB layer, gel polish and top coat all covet the free edge. 

    Mistake 6: Improper Application Technique

    Incorrect application techniques can result in uneven, lumpy, or poorly cured nails. 

    How to Avoid?

    • Brush technique: Use a gentle, steady hand to apply BIAB. Avoid pressing too hard with the brush. 
    • Even Coats: Apply the layer evenly with a fine liner to avoid lumps and bumps. 
    • Cure Each Layer: Ensure each layer is fully cured under a UV lamp before applying the next to prevent soft or sticky nails. 

    Pro tip: To ensure perfect application, we recommend watching our tutorial video for how to correctly apply BIAB. Click here

    Mistake 7: Not Using a Top Coat

    Skipping the top coat can compromise the durability and shine of your manicure. Make sure to always apply a top coat to seal in the BIAB and add a protective layer. 

    By avoiding these common mistakes, you can achieve a beautiful and long-lasting BIAB manicure at home. Paying attention to the details of application, curing, and nail preparation will ensure your nails look their best and your manicure lasts as long as possible. With practice and these expert tips, you'll become a pro at at-home BIAB manicures in no time.