College – Week 6

The most exciting part of my course started on week 6 and almost the one I’ve been dreading slightly :/ Liquid & Powder or more commonly known as Acrylics!

Why was I nervous, well as much as I’d love to recommend manicures to every client I ever meet in the future, this is where the money will be and lets be honest in this day and age who has time to fuss over their nails. The longer they can last the better. We had quite a heavy theory lesson for this class and confusingly we had to forget everything we had ever learnt for manicures!

For tonight’s class it was all about bespoke fitting, blending & shaping. As we know we are all built in different shapes and sizes, the same goes for our nail size. Tips come in sizes 1-10 so therefore we have to make them fit, its like couture fitting but for nails 🙂

The most important element for blending is to ensure its all done before applying the tip to the nail bed, the less filling and blending done to the clients own natural nail the better. What we started off doing was filling down the well of the tip – this is the area you place your glue – this area only needs to be 2-3mm in depth, its the Acrylic that should make up the bulk of your nail not the tip – it was then applied to the nail. If you have done enough pre-blending it should feel quite smooth from tip to natural nail, if you can feel a ridge, you didn’t blend enough…. All it should take when on the nail is a little buffing and you’re ready for Liquid & Powder.

At home practicing

So at home I decided to try what we had learnt for myself, and here are my results…

Applying Tips, Before Picture

Applying Tips, Before Picture

Applying Tips, During Picture

Applying Tips, During Picture

Applying Tips, After Picture (1 coat of nude Nail Envy as been applied over the top)

Applying Tips, After Picture (1 coat of nude Nail Envy as been applied over the top)

 

I managed to get just under 48 hours with it on before it pinged off, that’s not too bad considering the well was so small and other then glue and a coat of nail lacquer nothing else was holding it in place.

So that was this lesson, next week Overlays! 🙂

 

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