How do you fill a full set of colored acrylics when a client wants a different design?

September 25, 2018 | Bookmark +

When you do a full set of acrylics using colored acrylics, what do you do when the client comes for a fill and wants a different nail design?


The majority of my clients get a redesign every three weeks, as most of my work is acrylic design. When they return, I need to reduce the previous design down to a thin clear base before I can create a new one. Every new set I do starts with a clear base. Not only does it make it easier to do a redesign, it also prevents any strong acrylic colors from staining the natural nail.

I use my Kupa Passport and Atwood Industry Orange Crush 3 Stripe bit to quickly remove the bulk of the previous set and cut down any length if needed. I then do all my normal natural nail prep — push back the cuticles, buff and remove debris and dust, and dehydrate and prime the natural nail. To create the next design, I apply a thin clear layer on the natural nail and then create the new design, just like if I were creating a new set on forms or over tips.

— Lucy Fell is a nail artist and independent educator.
Follow her on Instagram and YouTube @misslucysnailartist

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How can I prevent lifting when my client's hands are constantly in water?

I have a client who is in the medical field so her hands are constantly in water. She has me keep the length of her acrylic nails short. No matter what I do, she always has at least one nail that comes off, and she always has lifting and gets water under the acrylic. I prep the nails correctly, I have a cuticle bit to clean the cuticle area, and I wipe the nail with alcohol, dehydrate the nail, and prime the nail. What should I do?

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