Q&A

Are there any good videos available on properly filing a lift?

Q.

Are there any good videos available on properly filing a lift? I feel like I end up filing too much because the lift spreads as I file. Fortunately I haven’t had to do much because I think the gels I’m doing are holding up well, but when I have to, I think I’m not doing it so well.

A.

I understand how this can feel frustrating, but I’m glad to hear that most of your work seems to be on target.

An “aha” moment I experienced relating to this issue is that sloppy file placement paired with too much pressure results in the spreading of the lift. For proper rebalancing, you’re going to naturally file the nail enhancement back into balance.

This means the apex of the enhancement comes back to the center of the nail. A great habit to assure proper placement is to check your side views. This will help with any enhancement. Now pertaining to the lift, first check the way you are holding your file. Be sure to use about 75% of the file with each stroke. Then focus the fi le ahead of the lift and be conscious to maintain a light connection between the file and the nail in the specific area. If you use 75% of your file, your lift will just simply flake away. To avoid this in the future, a properly prepared nail along with proper product placement will ensure future successes.

— Torie Bastian is a CND education ambassador and the owner of The Polished Pinky in Crown Point, Ind.

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