Liquid & Powder Application
& Powder systems (Acrylic) is one of the most popular overlays.
The Sheer strength, flexibility and durability of the product make
it so. However, it is one of the hardest systems to master, but once
mastered strong, natural and beautiful nail enhancements are only a
brush stroke away.
is the product produced from the combination of a liquid monomer and
a polymer powder. The result is a pliable product that can be
applied over a nail tip; nail form or even a natural nail. Once
the product has been applied it hardens
(polymerises / cures) with the warmth of the environment and
the temperature of the nail.
mentioned above the combination of liquid and powder needs warmth to
activate the polymerisation
process. Crystallisation may occur if the liquid and powder is
subjected to cold environments (don’t leave your monomer in your
car overnight and expect to use
it the following morning) or when applied to nails that are cold.
Most liquid monomers available
today have added stabilizers to prevent crystallisation or a
separate product called a “monomer enhancer” that
technician’s can add to their dappen
dish prior to application.
regular liquid & powder systems are not completely compatible to
the nail plate. They need the
aid of primer to increase the adhesion. Primer prepares the surface by burning
off the bacteria and oils. Primer
will also dehydrate the nail plate and create a
more receptive surface for the acrylic to adhere to.
the correct consistency for beginners and even professionals
changing systems or brands can be a nightmare. The correct ratio of
liquid and powder is vital to produce strong, flexible, durable and
non-lifting enhancements. The wrong ratio between liquid and powder
can result in premature lifting or breakage. You must find the
correct ratio for your brand. ** Most powder and liquid systems
require a medium-wet bead (you may find that some odorless systems
may require less liquid than normal).
dry bead will result in unsightly thick nails, premature lifting
and will be more prone to breakage.
wet bead will undoubtedly cause lifting.
A wet bead may aid a flawless finish, resulting in less
filing, but be warned, it WILL produce an overlay prone to lifting
and flaking as a result.
By using a wet bead you are
putting your client at risk of lifting and as a result
obtaining a bacterial infection.
medium wet bead will produce a strong, flexible yet durable
consistency on unused nail tips
Pick up an acrylic bead with your brush and count to 3
slowly. This allows
time for the liquid to make contact with all the powder.
the bead onto the tip. Do
not move or touch it with your brush and wait for 5-7 seconds.
the bead reduces by half in height and (runs) almost doubles in
diameter it is too
If the bead looks slightly cloudy and stays virtually the
same height and shape it is too dry.
A medium- wet bead will only loose about 25%
of its height and increase in diameter by about 25%.
brush your acrylic on, use gentle, yet firm patting and gliding
dappen dish is used to store small quantities of monomer when
Monomer evaporates causing fumes and loss of product. A small
dappen dish reduces the amount of evaporation. On completion of
every service you must disregard any left over monomer. NEVER
return it to your source container. Returning used monomer to your
bulk container will cause a contamination and will spoil the
content. You must always clean your dappen dish between clients to
must invest in a good 100% pure kolinsky brush, for both performance
and durability. Brushes
are available in different sizes and shapes. The most popular with
students and some professionals is a “round number 6”. When
choosing a brush take into consideration that the larger the brush
the more liquid it holds (too much liquid produces wet beads).
Brush is a very important and precious tool.
It needs to be cared for and looked after.
On completion of use, you must clean, reshape (not with your
fingers) and put away without the bristles touching anything.
We suggest that you store your brush flat rather than
upright can contaminate the bristles.
following sections will take you through the necessary steps needed
to apply acrylic safely and correctly. You must pay particular
attention to Area Preparation and Nail Preparation.
These procedures need to be carried out religiously.
commencement of acrylic (liquid & powder) you must make your
working area free from unnecessary tools used for tip application,
rebalancing etc. Then you must remove your used paper towel and
replace it with a new one to eliminate any dust particle left from
previous filing / blending.
STEP IS VITAL.
Remove the nail plate’s shine with either a white block or
a 200-grit file in the direction of the nail growth. Pay particular
attention to the cuticle and side wall areas.
the bead on Zone 1. You must allow the bead to settle
prior to manipulation. Wait
for 5-7 seconds, then using the combination of gentle patting
and pressing motions glide
the product across the area of Zone 1. Wipe the brush gently on
your paper towel to remove any excess product from the brush.
(See fig 2)
is a much smaller area. Repeat
steps 2,3 & 4 but try to use less liquid and pick
up a smaller bead. Apply the bead carefully to the
cuticle area; try to leave at least a
1.5 mm gap. Contact between the cuticle and sidewall area
with the product will undoubtedly
cause premature lifting. (See fig 5).
Application over the nail form
The following diagram maybe helpful with this technique
the time you have applied the acrylic to all 10 nails, the first
hand should be set and ready for finishing. If you have applied the
product carefully and not to thickly your finishing should not
require excessive filing.
filing in the cuticle and sidewall area will weaken the product
and may damage the nail or rip the cuticles. Keep your file
flat, do not angle the file to the nail.
Keep the file moving. If you concentrate on a particular
area you may cause the client to experience friction burns. The
key to less filing is product application. If you concentrate on
your application methods, you will find that filing when
finishing will be reduced to a minimum
This fact sheet has been prepared for use as a guideline only.
You will find that guidelines differ from company to company and sometimes information compared from one to the other can be contradictive. Each company has their own set of recommendations.
These fact sheets may be used for your
personal use only. Nail Solutions fact sheets may not be
reproduced by any means and or distributed without the
express permission of Nail Solutions Limited.