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How do I get the acrylic or gel to stick to pre-designed nail tips with art?


I have decided to try pre-designed nail tips with art, but I am having trouble getting the acrylic or gel to stick to them. After a few days the product lifts off the tips. I tried to gently file the surface of the tip first, but then it takes the design off.


The problem with gels and acrylics is they don’t like to stick to shiny smooth surfaces. So when you work with a pre-designed tip, try using a rougher buffer, because a file will scratch the design. Then I like to use Young Nails’ Protein Bond on the natural nail and over the tip as well. This helps keep the tip stuck to the nail and helps the gel and acrylic adhere. — Tracey Reierson is a Young Nails senior mentor.

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