Shaping and filing this transition correctly is just as important as accurate apex placement. An unbalanced curve or a flat, steep slope can look awkward. It’s also important to be mindful of the nail’s lateral structure, or the sides of the enhancement as they extend from the nail grooves beyond the finger. A compromised lateral structure can weaken the strength provided by even the best-built arch. The enhancement should always extend straight out from the natural nail sidewalls before taking on the desired tip shape. Here, how to create the perfect arch with gel.
1.准备传统凝胶应用的钉子。申请形式and, using builder gel, apply a thin layer to the nail. Flash cure for 10 to 30 seconds depending on the gel used.
2. Using a sheer white builder gel, sculpt the extension and cure. Then, brush a thin coat of clear builder gel over the entire nail surface and extension butdo notcure. The uncured gel will help the next ball of gel level more easily.
3. Pick up a ball of builder gel. Gently roll the gel off the brush and onto the nail where you want the apex (over the stress area). The stress area is usually one-half to two-thirds way between the cuticle and natural-nail free edge. For longer extensions, move the apex forward slightly toward the tip to add extra strength. (Note: Remember to adjust the location of the apex when the client returns for a fill, as this thicker portion of product will move toward the tip as the nail grows.)
5. Observe the nail to check that the apex is the highest point of the enhancement from all views. If you’re unable to achieve the desired shape, flash cure and repeat steps 3 and 4.
7. Then, file the nail’s surface until it is balanced from side to side and front to back. The product should transition smoothly from the apex to the tip, cuticle and sidewalls. (Note: Draw the file upwards, from the sides of the nail toward the center, to help achieve a consistent convex shape from the cuticle to the tip.)
-Leslie Henry is a business development executive, licensed nail tech and the blogger behindworkplaypolish.com
[Images: Photos by Armando Sanchez; Nails by Melanie Visser]