Why is the Smiley-Face blurry?
And why does Pink discolor
Why does the White fade?
Yellowing of the free-edge from Pink...
Blurring, Discoloring & Fading all pertain to the Pink touching the
White before the Pink develops "Surface Tension".
1. When you "place"
the "Pink" & if the
pink "touches" the "White" while both are
still wet: the Pink and the White will blend together;
thus creating a blurry Smiley-Face; and the Pink will
discolor the White.
How can I make a sharp, crisp smiley-face?
2. If however you leave a gap between the Pink &
the White when you "place" the first Pink ball, and you allow the 1-3
seconds for the Pink to develop Surface Tension (a
slight film forms on the surface of the Pink from the
surrounding air); then when you stroke the Pink into the
White; the Pink & White will bond without smearing
| 2a. Thus, the
"no touch" when placed and the "1-3 second wait" to
allow for "surface tension" to develop; all
help to create a crisp
See examples in nails at
right: SF pix #1 and SF pix #2 pictures
See example below HP pix #1, for Horseshoe Pattern,
although the pictures at the right: SF pix #1 and SF
pix #2 show an excellent side view of what can be
accomplished when filing using Tammy's filing
invention: the "Horseshoe Pattern".
SF pix #1
SF pix #2
What is the Secret?
3. Leaving an air gap between the Pink & the White when you
"place" the first Pink nail-body ball, giving the
"pink" a chance to develop "surface tension".
The “secret” technique for making a "Smiley-Face" can be
very easy if you keep in mind "wet".
The first acrylic ball
that is applied to the fingernail is the #1 Ball, the White
"free-edge" ball. This first ball has to be wet enough to
allow the Technician time to "Place" & let the sides "Flow";
"Push" in the sides to make the sides come straight out, and
slightly downwards towards the tip, from the nail groove;
and then to still have enough wetness in the Smiley-Face
area to allow the Technician time to make the Smiley-Face
with the brush.
Practicing consistency on Tammy's
"Practice Sheet" is demonstrated on her web-video:
"Nail Party Episode 5"; and on Polish Bottle "lids", as
demonstrated on her web-video:
"Nail Party Episode 4".
making a smooth acrylic nail
The secret to a smooth acrylic nail is consistency and
The liquid to powder ratio is extremely important; thus a
"poor" product ball should be immediately thrown away.
Practice on the Tammy Taylor "Practice Sheet".
[Note on waste: We do realize that most Nail
Technicians are not wasteful, and it can be very frustrating
to throw a ball of product away; however, this is a MUST,
otherwise the Technician will spend too much time
correcting; even to not being able to do a set of acrylic
nails in less than One Hour.]
How to make
a "strong" acrylic free-edge?
When applying the free-edge
come slightly downwards from the nail groove,
towards the tip of the acrylic nail. This
allows the Technician some acrylic to file, at Step #9-1
(file Left side - All Ten),
and Step #9-1 (file the Right side
- All Ten). When doing this
procedure on Tammy's "Practice Sheet", the free-edge ball,
when patted out, and the sides pushed inwards, will look
like a skirt; whereas the free-edge will have a flare look.
Note on Consistency: It is better to be a
little more wet than too dry!
Also, when you are filing, use the
Tammy Taylor invention of her "Horseshoe Pattern", so the acrylic nail is
rounded evenly (across from side to side, and from cuticle
to end of free-edge), rather than a lot of flat spots.
Caused by a
back & forth motion of the file, using the "wrist" in a
Horseshoe Pattern: Using
the "shoulder joint" to pivot your whole arm and wrist;
which also applies the weight of your arm to enhance the
removal of product, when filing.
Horseshoe Pattern motion:
Up one side, across the top, and down the other side
- repeat, making smaller & smaller "horseshoes", until you
have filed all the way out to the end of the free-edge.
When the "Horseshoe Pattern" is applied, the acrylic
nails will be uniform throughout: side to side, and from
cuticle to end of free-edge.
HP pix #1
|Also note: Along with
the attractive curvature (from cuticle area to end
of free-edge) of the acrylic nail (filed using
Tammy's "Horseshoe Pattern"); notice the
C-Curve at the free-edge tip; and notice how the
sides come straight out from the sides of the
nail-groove of the finger.
Also note cuticle area: The acrylic smoothes
to fingernail, which means nothing for the Client
to pick at, in between appointments.
Also see above "SF pix #1 & 2".
Check Tammy's "Nails in Stages" article in "Nail FAQ's by
Topic". And "Practice Sheet".