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Technique Tuesday: Practice Mix Ratio

by Sigourney Nuñez | June 16, 2015

If you didn’t already know, supporting your local nail product supplier offers many benefits including access to the professional products you need and continuing your education. Distributors typically carry your favorite brands so you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store as soon you walk in and some even partner with manufactures to offer you specialized classes.

From polish to scrubs, MK Beauty Club is a nail-focused distributor dedicated to offering products and classes to help professionals. 

From polish to scrubs, MK Beauty Club is a nail-focused distributor dedicated to offering products and classes to help professionals. 

Last week I was on location at nail-focused distributor, MK Beauty Club in Los Angeles for a CND Master Architect class led by Holly Schippers. The class focused on CND’s Liquid & Powder System.

We're hanging out at @MKBeautyClub in Los Angeles with @fingernailfixer for a #CNDMasterArchitect class. #techniquetuesday #acrylics #continuingeducation #mkbeautyclub

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One of the biggest takeaways I learned was nailing a proper mix ratio takes practice, even for the acrylic faithful. It’s all about finding your groove.

Holly says you should practice your mix ratio before an acrylic services. I obsiously need way, way more practice. 

Holly says you should practice your mix ratio before an acrylic services. I obsiously need way, way more practice. 

Holly recommends that on days packed with acrylic appointments, get there a little early and practice at least 10 perfect beads of mix ratio before your first client.

This visual from CND demonstrates what a proper mix ratio bead should look like. 

This visual from CND demonstrates what a proper mix ratio bead should look like. 

See the video below for a demo.

If you’re booked for acrylics today, take some time to practice your mix ratio before your first appointment. @fingernailfixer recommends dipping the brush in the monomer for three seconds, wipe it, drag the brush in the polymer for three seconds, wait three more seconds, and it will reveal whether or not you’ve got a good mix ratio. #techniquetuesday #cnd #acrylics #mixratio

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A big thanks to Monica and her team at MK Beauty Club and CND for letting us crash the class! It was so great to meet nail techs who are committed to improving their skills and learning the latest techniques.

We love meeting #nailtechs who are constantly striving to improve their skills. Shoutout to @fingernailfixer for leading a super informative and technique-focused class on #acrylics today at @mkbeautyclub in LA. #CND #techniquetuesday

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How do you practice your mix ratio? Let us know in the comments below.

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