Go Gold for New Year's Eve

by Beth Livesay | December 22, 2016

Brooke Gilliam (@thenaildoc) of McKinney, Texas, shows how to combine Real Gold Inc.’s 24 by RGI ( with acrylic to make a glamorous nail for New Year’s Eve.

1. Apply tip to prepped nail and prime.

2. Mix 1 part RGI Real Gold glitter to 3 parts clear acrylic. Apply from cuticle area and fade 2/3 towards free edge.

3. Cap the entire nail with clear acrylic.

4. File the nail, cleansing both the top and underside. Apply tack-free top coat to the underside and cure with clients hand turned over in lamp.

5. Seal with top coat and cure.


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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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