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Amy Becker's Easy Way to Apply Mylar and Dried Flowers

by NLS Staff | July 20, 2017

Amy Becker of Masterworks by Amy Becker has a trick for applying Mylar, feathers, dried flowers, or “any art product that you’ve ever purchased that has caused you trouble because its edges stick out,” she says. She uses plastic wrap to help flatten and secure the nail art elements. Brush on a thin coat of gel and cure it, then brush on a little more clear gel wherever you want to encase one of these art elements. Use the remaining gel on your brush to pick up the art element and apply it to the uncured clear gel. Cut a piece of plastic wrap 2 inches by 2 inches and apply it over the top of the art element and uncured gel. Then pull the plastic down on both sides, pinching it tight under the finger and pulling the art and gel very thin and flat. Keep hold of the plastic wrap while putting the finger in the UV light for 10 seconds. Then peel the plastic wrap away from the nail (it will not stick to the gel). This will leave you with a very thin layer of gel and art over which you can apply a clear overlay. “I guarantee you will love these products for the first time in your career!” says Becker. 

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Foot Forward Summit 2019

by Staff

NAILS' second Foot Forward Summit was held in Atlanta August 11-13. Nail techs gathered for speaker presentations, advanced education, and networking.

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Up Your Acrylic Skills: Mix Ratio

by Tracey Lee

Even though mix ratio is fundamental to learning about liquid-and-powder acrylic application, it’s still one of the biggest challenges for nail professionals in the salon. The performance and longevity of our product is hugely affected by an incorrect mix ratio.

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What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

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What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

by Holly Schippers

You probably know the essential differences between the products and nails terms you use in the salon every day — like soft gel versus hard or LED light versus UV. But could you provide a clear explanation to a curious client? And what about those fuzzy terms that can mean different things to different people? Here's a terminology "cheat sheet" we hope will help keep us all on the same page.

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