How to Add Pigments to Acrylic Powder for Nail Art

by Sigourney Nuñez | September 9, 2016

Add a dash of glitter pigments to your favorite polymer powder for an easy-to-do granite-inspired design.

1. Mix CND Additives in Pink Gold Sparkle, Pavé Diamonds, Black, and Exhibition directly into sculpting powder. Seal containers and shake to blend.

2. Reverse- sculpt zones 2 and 3.

3. Pick up a bead of sculpting powder, using a triple pick-up technique to collect all three custom blended colors on one bead.

4. Marble and swirl the bead on zone 1 of the nail to create a granite effect.

5. Seal zone 1 with clear sculpting powder.

6. Refine and file the nail. Seal the entire nail with gel top coat and cure or buff to a high shine.

John C. Nguyen, CND Education Ambassador, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, @jcnguyen88

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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


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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