Acrylic Nails

Mastering the Mix Ratio

The ideal bead should be smooth, round, and plump, and suspended lightly on the brush hairs.


Are your acrylics coming out too thick? Are you having trouble with application? Well, you might be having problems with your acrylic mix ratio. Each product line mixes a little differently, and it takes some time to master the proper mix ratio. Weather and seasons can also throw your mix ratios out of whack. An easy way to spot an improper mix ratio is to look at how the bead appears on the brush.

Nikki Birch, a CND education ambassador from Scottsburg, Ind., offers some insight into attaining the proper mix ratio.

“When trying to achieve a perfect mix ratio, the first thing to remember is that you want a minimal amount of the bead attached to the brush hairs. This will allow for a quick, easy release onto the nail. If your bead is too wet, depending on the angle of the brush, the bead will flatten out on the brush hairs and drip off. And if your bead is too dry, the bead will likely have a dry powder coating and will not have a smooth surface. The ideal bead should be smooth, round, and plump, and suspended lightly on the brush hairs.

Achieving a proper mix ratio takes practice and repetition, but it is an essential skill to master. Improper mix ratios can have serious effects on enhancements, leading to signs of service breakdown within 24 hours of application.”

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