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How do I know how thick to apply acrylic?

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I’m worried that I am applying the acrylic too thick in some places and then entirely too thin in others. How do you know when, “enough is enough?”

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The first step is to make sure you’re following the manufacturer’s mix ratio to a tee. If you follow the instructions carefully, your product should come out balanced. Also train yourself to think of applying acrylic like you would a polish. The same techniques apply, and staying consistent with your techniques will help you improve in both applications. Another trick to remember is that you want to shape the nail with your brush and not your file. Try to get it right during the application and don’t resort to filing to smooth out imperfections. — Maisie Dunbar is owner of M & M Nails and Wellness in Silver Spring, Md.

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A substance used to dry or harden adhesives, wraps, no-light gels, acrylics, and UV light gels; all types of systems require a curing agent.
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