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My clear and acrylic nails appear dull or frosted. What am I doing wrong?

Q.

After I apply clear or natural acrylic nails, they don’t appear clear. They have an almost frosted or dull look. What am I doing wrong? Am I applying too much?

A.

If your nail enhancements are not as clear as you would like them to be, there could be several reasons why. First, the clarity of the powder itself. Natural powders tend to be a bit more opaque than clear powders. The clarity of the powder also depends on the manufacturer, so experiment with different product lines until you find the clarity you want. Second, if the nail actually appears frosty, it could be that your product is too dry or is crystallizing. Third, it could be that you are not buffing the product to a scratch-free, high-gloss shine. Work up in grit size to eliminate scratches (180 to 240 to 1200 to a cloth buffer). As for the thickness, a truly clear powder will be clear no matter how thick it is. -- Headings

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