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Smooth-e Base Coat Tackles Aging, Ridged, and Dry Nails

by NAILS Staff | May 6, 2019

Essie’s new ridge-filling base coat, Smooth-e, combats more than just ridges. Essie global lead educator Rita Remark outlines several of its uses.

Nail discoloration. Discoloration can be due to natural yellowing or whitening of the nail or surface stains from food or nail polish. Smooth-e comes in a tinted, creamy formula that works to conceal discoloration and other imperfections.

 • Dryness or flaking. As we age, the nails retain less moisture, which can lead to dryness. Smooth-e combats dryness with ceramide, which hydrates and prevents moisture loss. Similarly, it protects dry, flaking nails, especially during cold, dry winter months.

 • Ridging. Another sign of age is ridging. Smooth-e works to smooth ridges, and for clients with extremely deep ridges, gaps, or dents, Gel-Setter top coat can be used as well. Its slightly thicker consistency glosses over uneven nails, producing a glass-like surface.

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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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