Gel “ Tail ” proficiency
When build arches with sparse gels : Use a “ tail ” or “ ribbon ” technique with the gelatin ( With thin viscosity gels ) : A “ tail ” is when you dip the tip of your gel brush into the mousse and let it drip off the brush slenderly, so that you have a “ fag end ” of mousse streaming down. You keep the brush completely off the nail down ( up to an column inch above the nail down ) and let the end of the dock make contact with the nail down. nowadays you move the brush ( placid not touching the smash with the brush ) in the steering of your arch ( from epidermis toward unblock border, or proximal to distal points ) vertically down the focus on of the complete .
The tail will keep streaming off the brush and onto the nail. It will lay down a line of gelatin that will “ self level ”. If you have used besides much gel it will run into the cuticles and sidewalls. Too little and you wo n’t have enough force. You must besides develop an instinct for how fast or slow your gel will level it self to help you determine how promptly you need to get it into the lights before it has wholly flattened out !
It may be necessary in the begin to “ set ” a nail before proceeding to the next until you perfect this proficiency. Put the nail in the light for approximately 15 or 20 second. This will harden the gelatin adequate ( but not cure it so far ), so that it will stop moving and allow you to continue working on early nails. NEVER enforce more gel to a nail that has only been set. merely apply extra coats of gelatin to other CURED layers of gelatin. After arching and setting each complete, do not forget to go back and then CURE the entire hand.

As time goes on you will be able to build arches in such a way that a “ set ” between each arch you build wo n’t be necessity, you will be able to build each nail so that by time you have finished the 5th on a hand the early 4 are “ magically ” precisely where you want them to be from the gels leveling perspective. Again, this comes with much time, practice and patience ! ! ! ! The educational television I sell in my store, or an in person class with me when I come to an area near you can be identical helpful with understanding these instructions and concepts .
Gel and Tacky or Rough Surface
( In regards to arch construction ) : gel will only MOVE ( Self level ) when you are working on WET gel ( a slickness layer ). Arching with slender gels requires that you be putting the arches ( TAILS ) into a besotted layer of gel ( do NOT “ set ” or cure this working layer of gelatin ). If you attempt to put down arches on a cure layer of gel without laying down a “ slickness ” layer, the gelatin will not move. It will be like putting gel down on the awkward side of tape. The dispersion layer of cure gels is very “ brassy ”, that is why we remove it with cleansing agent or alcohol before filing it .
Building arches with thick builder gels does not require a “ steal ” layer in most cases, but besides, builder gels will NOT self level and can be sticky and not move or flow the precise means you intend them to ( much the same way acrylic didn ’ deoxythymidine monophosphate do precisely what you wanted it to do the first times you used it in school either : ). For some technical school a stiff mousse is a good target ( like those very accustomed to acrylic alone — -especially those who worked with fast setting acrylics that required them to put them precisely where they wanted them and not some of the slower acrylics that will actually self-level a bite on there own at first gear ), for early technical school, this is not so well … it ‘s all a matter of preference and expressive style and your determine curve .
Remember, in my instructions, our “ skid ” ( sliding, movement ) layer under the arches is besides part of the structure of the nail ( in mousse layers # 2 and 3 in a full-set for example ), then do not make it besides dilute ; it is a normal coat of gel with extra added to give 3 dimensions to the nail down ( think almond shaped in 3D ). IF you need to go back and add just arches though, then make the “ slip ” layer identical flimsy !

Gel and Shiny Surfaces
Gel will entirely stick to “ rough ”, “ dull ” or “ tacky ” surfaces. gel will not adhere to glistening surfaces. If you ever by chance REMOVE the tacky surface during application, e.g. for some argue you wipe the nails with alcohol ( or any solvent, even acetone ) you will have to file them out ( or buff ) to remove ALL glow everywhere in order to apply the rest of your mousse. You can not apply gelatin over glazed or glossy mousse, only over DULLED ( buffed out ) gelatin ! so do not use the cleanser/alcohol until you are completely finished applying gelatin ! ! !
Ribboning Gel
Keeping the brush directly and parallel to the pinpoint, you very gently put the brush down in the mousse on the breeze through. now pick it up and get a “ tail ” to pull over to another incision. Set the brush down to complete the tail on the other side, and immediately reprise. Pick up more gel and move it vis the tail method acting, therefore now you are ribboning the gelatin back and forth to fill in an area ; such as in “ drawing the corner ” on a form for extensions ( see FS over forms lessons above ), to fill in the box, or correcting a low spot on a nail down during application .
Shiny Top Coat Application

One of well and unique features to Gel nails is the incredible glitter. The lastingness and quartz glass clear appearance is virtually indestructible. There is not a traditional clear coating that can hold up in comparison. Gel “ Shiny ” top coats can be used on mousse nails, colored gels, pink and white acrylics, colored acrylic, airbrushing, hired hand painted pinpoint art, and polish when having the solitaire to allow the polish to dry wholly before application .
Gel, Acrylic, Colored Acrylic

  • After completing filing and buffing remove all dust and carefully clean the nail with gel cleaner and a lint free cotton wipe. BE SURE ALL NAILS ARE DUST FREE!
  • Apply top coat in thin straight strokes, be sure there are no streaks and the entire nail is covered and free from bubbles.
  • Some top coats will leave a tacky top coat and some will not. Using a lint free cotton wipe and nail cleanser remove the tacky layer if needed.
  • For MINOR imperfections in shiny top coat use a 3 or 4 way buffer and gently buff the area of the imperfection. For MAJOR imperfections buff the entire nail and reapply to the affected nails.

Airbrushing and Hand Painted Nail Art

  • When paint is completely dry apply the top coat carefully using a very wet brush and a light touch.
  • Be sure to pull the top coat over the free edge.
  • Cure
  • Some top coats will leave a tacky top coat and some will not. Using a lint free cotton wipe and nail cleanser remove the tacky layer if needed.
  • With all gel products there is shrinkage which means that as the top coat cures it shrinks slightly so always experiments with this technique to be sure it doesn’t effect details and clarity of your nail art.
  • To remove simply file off gel and paint.

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