Mastering Acrylic

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This Post Has 25 Questions

  1. EmmaJane Casse

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. Happy with my filing

    2. Prep work

    3. C curves

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Beads..picking up bigger beads

    2. Structure, to get the apex right

    3. Smile lines

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. The thickness they need to be

    2. How the white Acrylic Powder is so different

    3. How easy the blend is.

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Cover powder covers the natural nail so you can’t see thru it.

    2. Try your best to get acrylic right to save filing

    3. Circle to circle for smile line

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1.A lot of practice is needed but the satisfaction when it comes together is great!!!

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      Penny

      Isn’t it weird just how drasssstically different the white is! And I love that advice, I feel the same 😀

  2. Georgia McGregor

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. Good structure even with the two different acrylic colours

    2. Clean cuticle area blend, I used a cover pink for all my french extensions which means it needs to be blended with a blush.

    3. A crisp line between the pink and the white

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. C Curves, getting them perfect on every nail!

    2. Even smile lines on every nail

    3. Not filing out my side walls

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. For me, reverse french was so much easier than traditional

    2. Filing around the pink in a reverse french makes a huge difference for the end result

    3. White acrylic can be a bit of a pain to work with

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Always blend cover pink into a blush pink on the cuticle area

    2. Don’t rush your application, its easier to get it good with your application, than filing it

    3. Use one bead of white acrylic instead of heaps of little ones

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. Practice, practice and practice! French acrylics can be really difficult at first but once you get into a technique which works for you, you’ll love them!

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      Penny

      Nothing beats the sharpness of a filed smile line. So good!

  3. Hannah Pink

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. not getting product on the skin

    2. my prep

    3. getting a clean cuticle

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. making sure I get crisp clean smile lines

    2. getting a seamless blend when doing extended nail bed french tip

    3. not filing out my apex

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. how hard french tip is in acrylic compared to gel polish

    2. how well everything can blend together

    3. how different white beads are to work with compared to the others

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. only use one white bead so you don’t get different whites

    2. always put clear at the cuticle for better adhesion

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. french is really hard but so worth the hard work when it clicks it really clicks

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      Penny

      Love this! I’m so glad it clicked for you 🙂

  4. Anthea Whittle

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. The number one is definitely acrylic application at the cuticle, I feel really confident about that and having that one thing that always goes really well gives me confidence to get stuck in and keep working on the things that need improving

    2. Not putting on too much product – though sometimes there are some spots that need to have a touch more product added for correct overall structure.

    3. Once I had got it wrong couple of times and learned from it, I’ve now got a thing for great straight lower arches.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. C-Curves – sometimes models have very flat nails and I need to get my c-curve sticks out sooner but not so soon that the most recently applied products is still smooshy – a fine balance still to improve.

    2. Speed. Always speed.

    3. Consistency – especially with placement of structural elements like the apex and having the nail extend out straight from the apex not necessarily taper back down from there for “school standard” extensions 🙂 (Even though I prefer the look of a tapered contour to the free edge, got to get the basics all nailed first)

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. How much room and model temperature can affect the set up time of L&P
    2. How little the smell of Monomer actually affects me – but that it bothers everyone else in my household!
    3. How hard and strong acrylic is, that stuff is tough!

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. “Train tracks”
    2. How satisfying the end result is
    3. Muscle memory for my acrylic brush, things start just “feeling” wrong after more practice so it’s good to feel like I’m building intuition for the products

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Things will be ugly for awhile but even just doing the course work you will improve with every set. Also, don’t be like me and book 4 acrylic sets and an assessment in 3 days because your filing arm will feel like it needs to be chopped off by the end. of it 😀

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      Penny

      I’d love to see examples of tapered contour in case I’m misunderstanding, but the nail should definitely taper down to the free edge (but taper ‘straight’ down, not curve down) – if it went straight out from the apex this would be a very thick nail!

      You know you were born to be a nail tech when monomer doesn’t bother you haha

  5. Casey Boyed

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Rip application and blending
    2. Blending of the acrylic beads
    3. Brush cleaning

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Picking up bigger beads
    2. Remembering to drain excess monomer from the brush after the bead is placed
    3. Not getting air bubbles

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. That you could apply traditional French in reverse
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    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Clean brush
    2. Prep and primer will last up to 10minutes before needing to be reapplied

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      Penny

      Well done 🙂

  6. Gurinderjeet Kaur

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    I don’t think I have absolutely nailed but getting much better
    1. with filling.

    2. Application and. C -curves

    3. Blending

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Speed

    2. Structures I think

    3. Crisp clean Smile lines,

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. Always use clear or blush pink near the cuticle for adhesion.

    2. White beads are different

    3. How temperature can affect your application

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Use clear or blush near cuticle

    2. When blending use dry then medium and then wetter but not really wet cover bead, and dry and medium blush or clear beads near the cuticle.

    3. Use brush on gel if you think you will take longer than 10 mins after the prep.

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    Keep practicing 😊

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      Penny

      You say you don’t think you’ve nailed those things yet but I bet if you went back in time to your first day and saw your work now, you’d think you were fantastic! 🙂

  7. Kelly

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. Filing

    2. Bead ratio

    3. Structure & C curves

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Bead size

    2. Smile lines

    3. Speed when working with white

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. How much easier reverse French is

    2. How effective an extended nail bed looks

    3. How deep you can make the smile line to have it flatten out with the c curve

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Sidewalls should look like train tracks

    2. White needs to worked drier

    3. Change the monomer if it’s cloudy

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. Don’t judge set before you’ve filed it

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      Penny

      That is very good advice haha

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    Dianne Theron

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Blending
    2. C-curves
    3. Shaping the free edge of the extension

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Bead sizes
    2. Smile lines
    3. Perimeter filing

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Colored acrylics have less adhesion properties
    2. There are 2 different techniques for achieving acrylic French extensions

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Dip, wipe, wiggle
    2. Back draining beads AFTER you’ve picked up the perfect bead vs. picking up a dry bead
    3. The importance of proper structure

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. There’s nothing like filing your French acrylic application, and unearthing this beautifully sculpted crisp smile line that’s just perfection. The countless hours of practice is well worth it!

  9. Carmen Christie

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1.Shaping the free edge.. Definately one of the better parts for me

    2.Remembering to use clear or blush at the cuticles

    3.My filing steps .. still need to work on filing

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1.My speed

    2.My c curves and the pinch

    3.My filing

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1.That reverse is soooooo much easier

    2.My extended nail bed as actually quite ok

    3.How different a white bead is to work with than say clear or blush

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1.That if you dont get the Apex in the correct place you lost your strenght

    2.That I really dont like doing french !!!! I just find it hard

    3.Back draining the bead

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    You may be frustrated with french like me but I am getting better slowly so keep going do another set and another..:)

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      Penny

      I’m so proud of you for continuing to work on French! Nailing it makes you a better all-rounder even if you never do it again 🙂

  10. Mackenzie Dunn

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. Extended nail bed

    2. RAITO

    3. Remembering to add my c curve

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Filing and making sure I keep the apex

    2. Reverse and traditional method

    3. Keeping it thin like a credit card

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. Practice make perfect

    2. Extended nail bed lesson went well

    3. I like the traditional method more than reverse

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Practice make perfect

    2. Natural nail prep

    3. Filing steps

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. Practice make perfect, keep trying!

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      Penny

      Traditional Method FTW!

  11. Alisha Holden

    3 things you’ve nailed
    1. My smile lines!
    2. Blending my nail tip
    3. Blending cover to clear
    3 things to work on
    1. Applying forms
    2. Keeping application thinner
    3. My filing steps
    3 things that surprised you
    1. How much easier the reverse method is
    2. How different a white bead is to work with compared to clear
    3. Cover acrylic has less adhesion properties
    3 things you won’t forget
    1. Dip wipe wiggle
    2. Practice makes perfect
    3. To try not get acrylic stuck in my brush lol
    Advice:
    Take care of your brush

    1. Stephanie Greville

      Great work Alisha!

  12. Amy Kirikiri

    Three things i nailed
    1. Established which method i prefer for french
    2. Pinching for a good C curve – although i think i need to order the sticks
    3. cover to clear blend for extending the nail bed
    Three things i need to work on
    1. still bead ration sometimes..
    2. tidiness of application reducing the need for excessive filing
    3. Achieving a good apex
    Three things that surprised me
    1. how difficult I found traditional french application
    2. how different pigmented acrylic powder is with Liquid to Powder ratio
    3. C curves change everything
    Three things i wont forget
    1. A wonky form = a wonky nail
    2. Structure and C Curves and how important both are
    3. that once acrylic hits acrylic, its sets lol
    Advice
    – Its more important to take your time and get it right, rather than rush and get unsatisfactory results

    1. Becca

      Awesome work Amy. Speed will totally come with practice. I love my c-curve sticks – I have seen some techs even use them to create a perfect curve in the form before applying. So cool.

  13. Carolyn Jacobsen

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this module?
    1. The correct ratio
    2. The reverse French application
    3. Remember to pinch the C curve.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Cover to clear blend
    2. Not filing down my apex
    3. Traditional French application

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. How comfortable i have found myself applying forms correctly.
    2. How different Traditional and Reverse French methods are.
    3. How quick you have to be to pinch the nail before it’s rock hard.

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. The 10 filing steps.
    2. That tips make it harder than forms to shape the white.
    3. My natural nail prep.

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this module?
    1. To always just try your best 🙂

    1. Mackenzie Dunn

      That’s awesome, love it when you can get a good pinch in! Don’t forget to make sure your bead size is small when doing cover to clear blend, start off with small dry beads then wetter beads towards the cuticle 😀

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