Correct Liquid and Powder Product Ratio Tutorial

When you're doing nail art work it doesn't matter so much if your bead is a little bit wetter, but when you're doing your pink and whites your bead consistency needs to be correct. And when you're doing your overlays on top of your nail art work, your bead consistency needs to be correct because it's that that gives you the strength.




To achieve a perfect bead mix:

1) Submerge the entire brush head into the acrylic liquid

2) Gently spread your brush on the bottom of the dappen dish (doing this will release any air that is trapped inside your acrylic nail brush)

3) Wipe your acrylic brush with a single swipe over the side of your dappen dish to remove any excess liquid

4) Then using the tip of your acrylic brush, gently drag and press your brush into the powder in three short strokes

5) Remove your brush from the acrylic powder straight away and the bead should be perfectly formed.

6) Look at it and make sure that all the powder gets absorbed into the liquid. The bead should have a slightly dimpled look and resemble that of frosted glass — not too shiny with no excess powder around the edges of the bead. If the bead looks dry get rid of it and start over. If the bead is too shiny (wet) tap it gently back into the powder to pick up a small amount of powder.

Acrylic breakdown could result without the right amount of liquid. When the bead is too dry it will not adhere to the nail plate correctly, cause lifting, and the mix will dry too quickly causing weakness and air bubbles. When the bead is too wet the result is potential lifting, bubbles, excessive shrinking, overexposure to the acrylic liquid, and lengthened set and cure time.