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How to: Infill Without Flooding the Cuticle!!


Hi, I’m Kirsty Meakin from Naio Nails. In this video, I’m going to show you how to fill a nail without flooding the cuticle. This is one of my most asked questions. So what I’ve done already is I’ve pushed back the cuticle and I’ve filed around here and removed the surface shine and I’m going to show you a few little tips to how to not flood the cuticle. First we need to prep. So by that, I mean we are going to apply the dehydrator and the primer. That’s your dehydrator. You want to make sure that that is allowed to dry completely. And you’ll see it evaporate. And we’re going to prime just the natural nail. And I’m going to do that twice. But I need to leave it a little while before I do it again, because I want that to dry as well. When you do the full set by the time you’ve done it once you’ll be able to go back to the original finger you started with and so on again. So this is the second coat. So you can see from side view we need to rebalance the apex here. And fill in where the nail is grown, and there’s no product. Now I’m going to show you how to pick up a bead properly because if you don’t pick the bead up properly you’re going to cause yourself problems. And you’re going to get lifting and you’re going to flood the cuticle. So if I just move JJ’s hand for a second, when you’re picking the bead up you’re literally just touching the tip into it, so when you pull it off it really sits nicely. What you don’t want is to go in in in in like that and then oh oh it doesn’t really [unclear]. It leaves a lot of product on the brush and Also, what a lot of people do is they go in and then they go like this. So they wipe through the bead when they put it on because they think, “Well, I’ve got to get the acrylic from the brush onto the nail.” So they kind of wipe it onto the nail which completely disturbs the shape of the bead and will push it back into the cuticle. So you’re going to go in and keep it right on the end so you get a good release from the brush. See, there’s no need to go like this —
step one. So we’re going to put the bead up. Small bead, so I want the brush upright. This is very important. The angle of the nail that you’re putting it on is so important! You cannot fill a nail like this. If it is flat or even tipping back, you’re just going to flood the cuticle instantly. You’ve got to tip the finger down. So you see how it’s tipping down, and that’s a great angle for you to look at as well. You can see everything that’s going on. You know, if you’ve got a client that’s tipping their hand back like this just smack them! Okay, maybe not smack them.Just ask them politely to relax their hand and then you can tip the finger down. I’m going to pick up a little bead. I’m going to place it where I want it. I’m going to clean my brush. The finger is still tipping down. Do not tip it up, keep it quite still. It’s pulling away, pulling away, and all you need to do is tap it to one side. Drag down and tap it to the other side. Keeping the very tip of the brush in that groove and drag it down. I have lots of Snapchat conversations with people saying, “How can I stop my nails from lifting?” and the reason that they are lifting the majority of the time is because they have flooded the cuticle. I have people send me pictures of their work and you know, the pictures of the lifting that they’re getting. And it’s always because they’ve created a big lip at the cuticle area. It’s not neat here, and you can see that they flooded the cuticle So if you do that, you will get lifting which means your client’s going to sit and pick at it. And I don’t know one person that doesn’t sit and pick at lifting. So you want to prevent that and this is how to prevent it. So your finger is tipping down. Gravity is a magical thing. So we’re going to let that set and then we can file this now. Side walls first of all. If you do not flood the cuticle, you make this filing business so much easier for yourself. And then we’re going to come round the cuticle, which will be nice and easy because we haven’t flooded it. Most people tend to cut their clients as well because they have flooded the cuticle and they are trying desperately to file away what is close to the cuticle and then they end up cutting their clients. So you can see that we’ve rebalanced the apex now in the back third. There’s no flooding at the cuticle. Now we’re just going to go over with the white block to smooth that. Got to wipe over with some pure acetone now. We’re just going to smooth that even more. I’m going to apply Mega Gloss now just to seal the nail. Obviously, you could then you know, put gel polish on, you could put nail art on. I just wanted to show you how to not…..I was going to say say, “how to flood the cuticle.” [laughter] I just wanted to show you how to NOT flood the cuticle. Pop that into the lamp. You’ll notice when I was applying the mega gloss that I was also tipping the finger down so it doesn’t run into the cuticle because that would cause you problems as well. I’m going to finish with some cuticle oil. And you can see there is no flooding of the cuticle. It’s free from product. It’s nice and close. Those of you that struggle with not flooding the cuticle tend to not to put the product close enough, but I’m telling you if you point that finger down and place the bead exactly where you want it, you will not flood the cuticle. So give it a go. Hope you get on all right. Hey guys, hope that’s helped you. Don’t forget to subscribe. Give us a thumbs up check it out on Facebook and Instagram, and I’ll see you guys in the next video. Bye bye! -[Indistinct] tiger wave. -Tiger wave? -Yeah. -Tidal -[indistinct] -Tiger? -Yeah. -Tiger wave is a massive one. – Tidal wave. It’s not called a tiger wave! -It’s called a tiger wave! -It’s not a tiger wave! -You know, as in “the tide.” Tidal wave. Does it go like this? Grrrrrrrr! -That one called a tiger wave? -It is! -I don’t believe you. -I definitely don’t believe you. Oh, my God. JJ has also had this great Stoke-on-Trent education. Did you go to school? Did you bob a lot?

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