Luminary Nail Systems Info, Application instructions & FAQs

Product Questions

Luminary’s Multi-Flex Gel is a soft gel with the strength of acrylic and flexibility of hard gel that has real staying power. It is a universal base product, builder gel, overlay gel, and extension gel, meaning you need one product to create a beautiful structured manicure, cutting down on time and money spent on multiple products. Because of Multi-Flex’s semi-hard formula, it can be soaked off or backfilled, giving nail tech’s all the flexibility they need in one product. Beyond all of that, Multi-Flex will not lift or chip, and lasts 2-3x as long as other products.

For professional use only.

Our gel is a self-leveling, medium viscosity product meaning it is both easy to apply and effortless to create a beautiful apex.  Even better, it can be used by both techs who e-file and who hand-file. 

Multi-Flex gel adds value to your service menu – it lasts 2-3x as long as other gel products, meaning that you can space clients out further, add more clients to your books, and charge more per service (the typical up-charge reported to us by techs is $10). There is no lifting or chipping with proper application, and the product never has to be removed (simply fill or “rebalance” the nail). Our product also saves time and cuts down on expenses – if your client loves the color, you’ve saved the time you would have spent applying gel polish. 

It is a universal base coat, builder gel, overlay gel, and extension gel all in one, making it a truly versatile product! Multi-Flex can be used for overlays, manicures, structured manicures, can be used to create short extensions, performs well over gel tips, works great with forms, can be used to adhere gems or crystals – the possibilities are truly endless.

Multi-Flex Gel is ideal for those who want to grow their natural nails long and strong with no lifting or chipping, or for those who like short nails but still want a beautiful, strong, no-chip manicure. Luminary will last them 3-4 weeks, meaning they can space out their nail appointments, saving time and money every month. 

Above all, Luminary prides itself on offering beautiful, high quality professional products, so your clients know that with Luminary, they will be receiving a high end service. Multi-Flex gel looks beautiful on its own but performs beautifully under art and polish as well. Our products are also Vegan, Cruelty Free (& not sold in China, thereby not adhering to their animal testing policies), and 5 free.

There is no difference in product in the jar and product in the bottle. Multi-Flex Gel comes in 10ml polish bottles, 30ml refills, and in 5gr. jars. Jars can be purchased empty on their own, in Color Bundles, and in Diamond Pro Kits, or full in Starter Kits.

Extensions

You can create short extensions with Luminary using a form or with tips! We always recommend applying a coat of Commit Primer to the natural nail. For tips, be sure to blend the tip well to the natural nail prior to structured manicure application.

We do not recommend long extensions, because Multi-Flex Gel is flexible, so while it is very strong, it is still technically a soft gel.

We highly, HIGHLY recommend that you use the Light Elegance Dot lamp. This is the only curing lamp we have tested Luminary with, and the only one that we can recommend you use with confidence. As a nail professional, it is of utmost importance that you use professional products, though they may not be as cheap as what you can find on Amazon.

However, if you do not use a professional lamp, this can create many issues including but not limited to allergies caused by improper curing. It is essential not only safety but for your image as a professional that you use a branded, professional quality lamp that has scientifically tested lamp bulbs.

Link to purchase on Light Elegance’s website: Light Elegance Website

Heat spikes, in a nutshell, are an exothermic reaction created by the gel hardening under the curing lamp and are experienced with most hard and building gels. They are normal and do not occur with every client; they tend to vary based on that clients’ unique body chemistry.

Heat spikes can be explained to clients as the reaction created by the lamp when it cures and hardens the gel product. They can be prevented by flash curing.

All of our products are Vegan, Cruelty Free, and 5 Free. We also do not sell product in China, which means that we do not adhere to their animal testing requirements.

Recommended Application Method

You can watch this entire process on our Youtube Channel, where Luminary Founder Kelly VanDahl and special guests teach you all you need to know!

1. Prep the nail (perform cuticle work, file down product, etc.)

2. Apply a coat of “Commit” Primer if you are planning on filing down and filling. If you plan on soaking off at the next service, you can apply Commit to the free edge or not at all, your choice. This gel has great adhesion on its own, but each client has individual needs, so experimentation may be necessary if you do not want to use primer.

3. Apply a thin base layer of Multi-Flex and cure for 30 sec. LED (60 sec. UV)

4. Apply a thin layer of Multi-Flex. Do not cure.

5. Grab a large bead of gel. (we recommend using a jar along with your 10ml to make this easier. You can buy them empty, or they come full in our Starter Kits. Diamond Pros also come with empty jars).

6. Float the product onto the nail, letting it melt into the layer you just laid down. Grab more product with your brush as needed. You could also do a few thin layers. There are no rules with Luminary!

7. Turn your clients hand upside down, let the gel self level into a perfect arch (move with a detail brush as necessary)

8. Turn the hand back over, let the gel settle, check your line of light, and then immediately have their hand go flat into the lamp for a 60 sec. LED cure (120sec UV, 120s. gradual cure)

9. Apply gel polish (see our gel polish tab for more info)

10. Apply Empower No Wipe Top Coat(60 sec. LED)

Now, if you feel the need to finish file after you’ve applied Multi-Flex, you can do so. You’ll need to cleanse the nail with alcohol beforehand and after to remove dust before top coat or gel polish. If you do remove the inhibition/sticky/tacky layer to finish file, be careful with hybrid polishes like OPI or Shellac. You’ll want to replace this by doing a very very thin layer of Multi-Flex, then curing, OR you can do a layer of Commit (don’t cure) then apply the hybrid gel.

1. Prep the nail (perform cuticle work, file down product, etc.)

2. Apply a coat of “Commit” Primer if you are planning on filing down and filling. If you plan on soaking off at the next service, you can apply Commit to the free edge or not at all, your choice. This gel has great adhesion on its own, but each client has individual needs, so experimentation may be necessary if you do not want to use primer.

3. Apply a thin base layer of Multi-Flex and cure for 30 sec. LED (60 sec. UV)

4. Grab a large bead of gel. (we recommend using a jar along with your 10ml to make this easier. You can buy them empty, or they come full in our Starter Kits. Diamond Pros also come with empty jars).

5. Float the product onto the nail. Grab more product with your brush as needed. You could also do a few thin layers. There are no rules with Luminary!

6. Turn your clients hand upside down, let the gel self level into a perfect arch (move with a detail brush as necessary)

7. Turn the hand back over, let the gel settle, check your line of light, and then immediately have their hand go flat into the lamp for a 60 sec. LED cure (120sec UV, 120s. gradual cure)

8. Apply gel polish (see our gel polish tab for more info)

9. Apply Empower No Wipe Top Coat (60 sec. LED)

Multi-Flex Gel can be used for gel manicures or gel overlays, and performs beautifully with tips, forms, and full coverage gel tips. It also can be used to adhere gems, crystals, and other decorative accents for months. If you’re using Clarity to secure your nail accents, rest assured they will not be coming off your clients’ nails until you take them off.

No, however, if you are doing a soak-off gel manicure we at least recommend you used our primer “Commit” to the tips and free edge of the nail.

Something to keep in mind is that every single client is different. Some may need a primer, while others may not depending on their body chemistry. If you are using Multi-Flex as an enhancement and would like to fill your clients, then you will need to use Commit. We recommend 2 coats of Commit before gel application for enhancements.

If your client tends to lift, then you can do two coats of Commit and cure the second layer of primer for a few seconds to warm it up. This will make it tackier and will adhere the gel to the product better, reducing changes of them lifting.

Many nail techs use Luminary to rehab clients’ who come to them with short, bitten nails, or nails that have been damaged by other techs using careless techniques and cheap, poor quality product. Our product has been proven to help kick this habit!

Use with Gel Polish FAQ & Troubleshooting

Luminary is a pure gel product, so while you can absolutely use gel polishes over our product, it is recommended that you use pure gels instead of hybrid products. Pure gels (Akzentz Luxio) perform best, but there are some workarounds with hybrid gel polishes like OPI and Shellac.

Now, if you feel the need to finish file after you’ve applied Multi-Flex, you can do so. You’ll need to cleanse the nail with alcohol beforehand and after to remove dust before top coat or gel polish. If you do remove the inhibition/sticky/tacky layer to finish file, be careful with hybrid polishes like OPI or Shellac. You’ll want to replace this by doing a very, very thin layer of Multi-Flex, then curing, OR you can do a layer of Commit (don’t cure) then apply the hybrid gel.

1. Follow application steps in the Recommended Application Method tab

2. When you get to your gel polish step, you do not need to wipe the dispersion/inhibition/tacky layer but you can. Pure gels adhere with or without that tacky layer. EXCEPT for Akzentz Luxio. If you are using Luxio, you do need to cleanse the nail with alcohol before applying Luxio.

1. Follow application steps in the Recommended Application Method tab

2. When you get to your gel polish step, do not wipe the dispersion/inhibition/tacky layer. Hybrid gels need help adhering, otherwise, they will separate. If you cleanse the nail, you’ll want to replace the tacky layer by doing a very, very thin layer of Multi-Flex, then curing, OR you can do a layer of Commit (don’t cure) then apply the hybrid gel. But your best option is using the base coat that goes with the system you’re applying before applying the color so it has a better chance of not changing color.

First, Luminary’s Multi-Flex is a pure gel product so if you are using OPI, Shellac, or Gelish hybrid polishes (just a few hybrid brands for example) it is possible you can experience discoloration if you do not take the proper application steps.

Continuing with OPI as our hybrid brand example, we recommend using Clarity with light colored hybrids especially. After curing Luminary’s base, do not wipe the dispersion layer after curing. If you need to file, then you need to get that tacky layer back by either applying a very thin coat of Luminary and curing or applying a coat of Commit primer before gel polish. Then, apply your gel polish. The most important step here is to use a top coat that is compatible with hybrid gel polishes. Luminary’s Empower Top Coat is intended for pure gel products like Luminary, not for solvent based hybrids. We recommend sticking with the Top Coat that the manufacturer of your hybrid gel recommends.

If the above does not work for you, we recommend a thin layer of the same brand base as the gel polish over Luminary. From there, proceed with the gel polish and top coat.

If you are seeing streaks or brush strokes on matte nails, be sure to float the top coat on. Otherwise, you could experience some inconsistencies in appearance. 

If you are seeing streaks in your Empower No Wipe Top Coat, the nails are too hot when you apply the top coat. You can wipe the nails with alcohol to cool them down before top coat, or wait for them to cool down before top coat.

Also please note that both Empower top coats are meant for Luminary Multi-Flex Gels and cannot be guaranteed to work with any brand of color.

The best way to prevent Multi-Flex from lifting and chipping is by applying Commit before application. If your client is a known lifter, you can apply two coats and warm the second layer up in your curing lamp (cure for 5-10 seconds). This will make the primer tackier and helps gel adhere better.

Next, file after you apply the gel. Filing after instead of before not only prevents you from doing a ton of filing, but makes the nails much stronger. If you need to do significant reshaping or take down a lot of the length, then obviously do some filing before. Otherwise, file and take down length AFTER you’ve applied the gel. Then, the key to preventing lifting and taking down thickness is to bevel the free edge. You’ll take a file and file at a 45 degree angle to blend together the free edge and the product, strengthening the nails.

Above all, a professional grade lamp is essential for properly curing product. 

Transitioning to Luminary from Acrylic/Hard Gel

It is super simple to transition your clients from hard gel or acrylic to Luminary! 

Transitioning:

1. Remove the acrylic or hard gel completely.

2. Prep the nail & cuticles

3. Apply Commit

4. Apply Luminary!

1. File down the product & blend the product to the natural nail with a sanding band or similar.

2. Perform your cuticle work and prep.

3. Two coats of Commit Primer.

4. Fill with Luminary!

For details on applying Luminary, please refer to the product application tab.

Upcharging is a personal choice, but we firmly believe the answer is absolutely! You will notice a dramatic difference with our product and other gel brands. Multi-Flex gel has numerous benefits you can sell to your clients.

1. As strong as hard gel, so nails can be grown out naturally without any breaks!

2. Lasts twice as long as traditional gel manicure systems

3. No chipping! Because it’s a base and color in one, gel polish won’t chip

Gel Removal

One of the best parts about our Multi-Flex Gel is that it can be filed and filled, or soaked off completely. 

E-File Removal:

1.Remove top coat, gel polish, and the bulk of the base gel using our Black Diamond Carbide Bit. 

2.Remove shine from the natural nail and smooth out remaining product using a sanding band or cross-cut diamond barrel bit.

3.Re-apply using Recommended Application Method – or whatever works for you!

1.Remove the top coat, gel polish, and as much base gel as possible using our Black Diamond Carbide Bit or hand file.

2.Saturate a piece of a cotton round with 100% acetone, place over the nail, and wrap with foil.

3.Allow the acetone to do the work for you – this can take 10-20 min depending on the amount of product you left on the nail prior to soaking with acetone. 

4.Once the product is lifting and looks ready to be scraped off, grab our Cuticle Pusher and remove the gel from the nail. Take care to be gentle, but firm, and if the gel doesn’t want to come off, put the acetone wrap back on the nail.

5.Prep and reapply, or you’re all done!

6.You can watch how to remove Luminary Multi-Flex Gel in this video from our YouTube channel.

Shelf Life

*Our Multi-Flex Gels Are Meant For Professionals And Should Be Used On A Regular/Consistent Basis.

* Keep Your Products Stored In A Dark Cabinet When Not In Use. 

*Optimal Storage Temperature Is Between 65-75 Degrees And That Temp Should Be Kept Consistent And Without Much Fluctuation.

*With The Above Conditions Met Your Multi-Flex Gels Should Last Close to 1 Year

Luminary Classes and Education

Find all the info below on upcoming Luminary certification classes hosted by Luminary Nail Systems’ Founder Kelly VanDahl, Master Educator Tara Robinson, and other Certified Luminary Educators!

Luminary Class Calendar

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Luminary Tips & Tricks!

Coffee Warmers: Our Trick for Gel Maintenanceby Kelly VanDahlDecember 18, 2020

As we all begin to head back to work after a rough year with COVID, you may have noticed your gels have separated after sitting for a while. This is completely normal and they just need a bit of love.

For the 10ml bottle: While seated and legs are crossed, put the bottle between your crossed legs so it can warm up to your body temperature. Leave it there for about 10-15 minutes, then roll the bottle in your palms for 1-2 min.

OR

Try an inexpensive coffee warmer plate, and let the glass bottle sit for about 10-15 minutes before you roll it. Just be careful when you grab it off the warmer as the bottle will be hot.

For the 30ml bottle: Use the same crossed leg method to warm up the product. Then, open the bottle and stir with an orange wood stick or metal mixer.

OR

Grab a mug with a couple inches warm-hot water and submerse the 30ml bottle. Do not put the cap below the water, as that will ruin the gel if water. Do not set the plastic 30ml bottle directly on a mug warmer.

One last tip as we head into the chilly weather. When you receive your gels in the mail, they will be cold! Please don’t open them right away, let them sit at room temperature overnight to find their way back to their original consistency.

References

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