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Nailspiration, Pinspiration & Perspiration: Taming the Pinterest Nail Art Beast

It usually went like this: I pulled out a dried-up sheet of nail decals & pray my client would choose one of them. Sometimes, it worked. Other times, she sort of sighed indecisively & asked, “Can you paint a flower instead?” I gulped as I pulled out 2 striping brushes, a stylus dotting tool & a set of acrylic paints that I scavenged from my childhood art supplies. I silently held my breath to steady my shaking hand, hoping that the green line would make a straight stem. And that my dots would be placed in some reasonable approximation for flower petals. Most of the time, I didn’t even charge my client after the trauma of it all. Let me …


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Should clients occasionally take off their Shellac so their nails can “breathe”?

Nails don’t have respiratory systems, so they don’t need to breathe. Your clients never need to take a break from color. The idea that clients should take a break from wearing coatings like Shellac, Gel or Liquid & Powder (acrylic) enhancements is outdated & uninformed. Here’s why: Nails don’t need to breathe, but they are breathable.  Nail plates have little pockets of space between the tightly woven molecules of keratin, the protein that makes up your gorgeous little canvases. These pockets are filled with air, but they can also be filled with other, more damaging things like water or cleaning solutions. When water or harsh solvents penetrate the nail plate, they can cause damage like delamination, peeling, chipping or shredding. …


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How to Waterproof the Nail Plate (& why!)

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[Troubleshooting] How to Get 5-Minute Shellac Removal in REAL Life

REALLY! If your Shellac removal takes longer than 5 minutes, here are a few reasons that may happen: Think of Shellac removal as a two-sided coin. On one side, you have the application process. On the other, you have the removal process. Each of these processes seem completely different from each other, but they both serve a SUPER important role in safe, non-damaging removal (as well as easy application!). The part of the application that is INTEGRAL to removal time: the Shellac Top Coat used. If you’re looking for easy, non-damaging Shellac removal in only 5 minutes, use XPress5 Top Coat. Introduced to the Shellac brand in 2015, XPress5 Top Coat features a prismatic shine (excellent for embedding embellishments!) & …


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How to Take Constructive Photos of Nails

“Where’d those heavy hips come from?” “When did that hangnail magically appear on her pinky?” “OMG how did I miss that big dip in Zone 3?” After one second of examining the blinding, pixelated evidence of your perceived mistakes, you close the app & delete the photo permanently, scornfully casting off the betrayal of your skills, your client’s wonky finger, or whatever it is that caused the flawed service. This seemingly harsh & embarrassing dose of reality is actually a really good thing. Social media celebrations aside, consistently photographing your work is a very powerful practice for the very reason you decided not to post that photo we were just talking about. It trains your eye to notice things you …