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Most Common Mistakes Beginners Make Using Acrylics

Tired of oops? Say no more! We've got the scoop on our common mistakes so you wouldn't have to go through them. Below are three common categories: product, procedural, and removal. 

Product Dilemma.

Improper Nail Preparation.

  • Over-filing. Buff with Love! 
    • Buffing is an important step during preparation. However, remember to buff with love! Excessive buffing and filing may weaken your nails. Too much of everything is a bad thing.

Incorrect Product Storage.

  • Too Hot. Stored in Direct Sunlight: Polymerization. 
    • Polymerization is a fancy term for having high viscosity - a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid.

    • If this happens, your monomer is most likely spoiled.

  • Too Cold. Thick Consistency.
    • No problem! When this occurs, place the bottle in warm water and shake the bottle thoroughly.

Not Replacing Light Bulbs. Expiration.

  • Light Bulb Life: Depending on the type of lamp, it could last around 50,000 hours UV/LED life. However, we also have to consider not overcharging or damaging the cord. Check the bulbs every now and them if all light bulbs are working.

Procedural Problems.

    Uneven Length. Shape and Attach Your Extensions Right.

    • Lopsided nails may be cute in cartoons, but unless you're making a TikTok disaster video, we highly discourage uneven nails. However, we encourage you to do what makes you happy. If you like them quirky, we are happy for you all the same. 

    Uneven Layers. Thin to Thick.

    It must be thin near the cuticle and thicker near the middle and the ends. (Thickness Limit: Business Card)

    Hard Dabbing. We too are sometimes so excited that we press down too hard. However, remember that the goal is to get a smooth even layer.

    Incompatible Monomers. Compatibility is Important. 

    • More highly pigmented colors like our own a slow-setting compatible monomer.

    • Although we do not discourage other brands, our brand ascertains that our monomers match our powders. Due to specific ingredients other brands use, it may cause marbling, yellowing, and/or drying too fast.

    Drippy or Dry. Dip Just Right.

    Gently dip your brush, and remove the monomer just right so the liquid is evident: not drippy, but still wet like damp hair from the shower.

    • Dip Drip. Wet Bead. Too Much Monomer.

      • Effect: a weak runny structure: the bead is difficult to pick the bead up.

      • Warning: When exposed to too much monomer, you or your client may develop an allergic reaction. Hence, this also occurs when monomer is mistakenly used as a primer beforehand.

    • Dry Bead. Too Little Monomer.

      • Effect: a too-powdery (in some cases crumbly) snowball-like structure

      • Warning: Not only will it not set right on the nail, it would likely also damage your brush by hardening deep within its bristles.

    Not Working Your Angles. The smaller the bead or less monomer you use, angles matter.

    • Big Bead. More Liquid, Lower Angle.

    • Medium Bead. Less Liquid, 45° Angle.

    • Small Bead. Less Liquid, Higher Angle.

    Flooding the Side Walls.

    Although your skin contains keratin like your nails, it has various layers which replenish every 28 days. This causes your skin to slough off. Along with the natural oils, your body will try to remove/detach anything that is not part of your body.

    In short, the acrylic won't stick to your skin for long. It will turn into a chipped area, likely taking some areas of your nail along with it. This affects the overall shape aesthetic of your nails.

    Removal Regrets.

    Pulled It Off. 

    Yass, Queen. We understand that you can pull off anything. However, removing your acrylics from your nails could cause major damage. Acrylics are like loyal lovers, they stick with you through it all! However, by pulling them off, you may remove a little bit of yourself as well. It would cause brittleness, chipping in areas, and even nail holes. 

    Belittling Brushes. Clean the Brush with a Tissue after each Bead Placement. 

    Monomers harden, leaving no exception in between the bristles of your favorite acrylic brush. Gently clean your brush with a tissue to prevent buildup. 

    Leaving Nails on too Long. Breathe.

    Don't get us wrong, we too love your designs. However, your nails have got to breathe as well. Acetone dehydrates your nails, and adding on to retouch layers too frequently may leave your nails parched and brittle. We suggest letting your nails breathe in between sessions.

    Best tip of all, don't be too worried about making a few slips every now and then. Let your creativity flow! Don't be disheartened by the little mistakes, as they would help you develop your own style and technique. ♡

    Got more questions or concerns? We got your back! Kindly reach out to us at our email cs@igelbeauty.com for further assistance. ♡

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