Gelish recently released a new acrylic dipping system and with all new products launched we get tonnes of questions daily on how to use it and any trouble shooting questions. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and answered them below.

Can I apply gel polish over the top of Gelish Dip? No, even though these products are created by the same company they are not compatible with each other. If you apply Gelish gel polish or gel top coat over the top of the dip it will eventually peel off.  


Why is my Gelish Dip chipping and lifting? Gelish dip is an acrylic system therefor the prep is going to determine the longevity of the Gelish Dip manicure. The nails need to be gently filed with a 180 grit file prior to starting the Gelish Dip application. If there is any shine on the natural nail this can cause the product to lift or chip. Another tip is to make sure the Gelish Dip Base coat application is even and not too thick.  


My Gelish Dip Top coat and Base coat lid won’t open? How do I prevent this from happening? The Gelish Dip Base coat is a glue-based product which means if any residue gets on the neck of the bottle it can make the bottle very hard and nearly impossible to open! If this occurs you can run the neck of the bottle under hot water or use pliers to open the product – however this definitely isn’t ideal especially during an appointment with your client. To prevent this from happening you can rub a little bit of cuticle oil around the neck of the bottle before closing it which should help reduce the chance of it sticking. There is also a filter inside the bottle which will allow you to wipe any excess product off inside the bottle, rather than bringing out the brush completely and wiping any excess product on the side of the bottle which will then result in product residue getting stuck inside the lid making it impossible to open. This can also occur with the Gelish Dip Top Coat, so use the same prevention steps with this product.  


Why is the Gelish Dip Top Coat not shiny when applied on the nails? You may notice when you apply the top coat for the first time the product is shiny and glossy as a top coat should be and then after a few uses the Gelish Dip Top coat starts to look cloudy and loses it shine. This can be caused by cross contamination. If you haven’t wiped down the nails fully of any surface dust or excess product prior to applying the Gelish Dip Top coat and then any of these excess particles get trapped in the brush and put back into the product, the Gelish Dip Top coat is then spoiled! To prevent this from happening you need to ensure you clean the brush thoroughly before putting it back into the bottle. You can also use the Gelish Dip Restore to clean the brushes ensuring they are free of all dust.  


How much should I charge for a Gelish Dip manicure? There is no right or wrong amount to be charging for a Gelish Dip manicure as there are many factors when choosing a cost for this service. It can depend on many things like if you are using tips, what kind of manicure you are providing before the Gelish Dip application, location etc. However, we have found on average most salons are charging around $50AUD for Gelish Dip applications.  

Can i apply tips with Gelish Dip? Yes, you can apply tips before applying Gelish Dip as you would prior to acrylics. A tip to prevent the tips from breaking with the Gelish Dip is once you have filed, shaped and glued the tip to the natural nail, you would prep as normal and then apply a thin layer of Gelish Dip Base coat horizontally along the base of the tip and dip once with the clear powder for best results. This will help to strengthen the tip along the stress point where the fractures usually occur.

Please let us know if there are any other issues you are having with Gelish Dip and we will be sure to get back to you with any helpful tips we may have.

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By |2018-04-18T23:17:06+00:00April 18th, 2018|Categories: Gelish, Whats New|7 Comments


  1. R July 12, 2018 at 1:36 am - Reply

    I have several clients whose gelish dip nails are cracking and chipping off. They tell me they are not doing heavy work I file them and use the prep. What could be the cause of this

  2. Marie Lockmeyer July 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Why does my base coat brush get hard and the product Harden in the bottle

  3. Lisa Delahunty September 18, 2018 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Hi….I have a bit of an issue where both the base coat and the top coat, they have gone all gluggy in the bottles. So when you go to put it on, instead of it looking like nail polish should, with a nice consistency…its gone all gluggy and looks like glue and goes on unevenly & lumpy. Any ideas?

  4. Nikita joel October 4, 2018 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Hi why does my Gelish tip coat become cloudy like glue ?? I just think is it I’m filing too hard which I shouldn’t at all
    Why isn’t it as shiny as just as any other top coat

  5. Shelby October 20, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    The foundation base of my Gelish Dip system keeps getting stringy and gooey even when I shake the bottle before use, I also make sure to tighten the lid, and to not over expose it to unnecessary air. Why does this keep happening? This is my second bottle and only a few manicures in! This stuff is to expensive to dry up and get yucky that quickly!

  6. Karen MCDONALD November 15, 2018 at 2:20 am - Reply

    I have noticed my base coat is stringy and won’t go on smooth. What is the cause of that?? Please let me know I really enjoy working with gelish dip system

  7. Yvette November 18, 2018 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Hi, when applying the top coat, my clients nails beds are having a burning sensation? There is no uv lamp with the dip process so I’m stumped why it is happening?

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