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My clear and acrylic nails appear dull or frosted. What am I doing wrong?

April 18, 2010 | Bookmark +

After I apply clear or natural acrylic nails, they don’t appear clear. They have an almost frosted or dull look. What am I doing wrong? Am I applying too much?

Answer

If your nail enhancements are not as clear as you would like them to be, there could be several reasons why. First, the clarity of the powder itself. Natural powders tend to be a bit more opaque than clear powders. The clarity of the powder also depends on the manufacturer, so experiment with different product lines until you find the clarity you want. Second, if the nail actually appears frosty, it could be that your product is too dry or is crystallizing. Third, it could be that you are not buffing the product to a scratch-free, high-gloss shine. Work up in grit size to eliminate scratches (180 to 240 to 1200 to a cloth buffer). As for the thickness, a truly clear powder will be clear no matter how thick it is. -- Headings

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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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