Thursday, May 6, 2010

Acrylics : Materials you need

So this is the first part of my acrylic 101 series that I want to

share with you. Acrylics may seem scary if you aren't

familiar with them (which Im not)

But, I will share with you what I am learning in my nail classes

which I have every Tuesday so that you can learn as I learn.

This post will tell you what you need to go out and buy.

You are looking at spending approx $100 - $150 on the basics

My teacher recommends using an OPI line but if you want to

try another brand go for it. OPI has a line called "Absolute"

& one called "Competition" & also one called

"Clarite" Clarite is orderless but they recommend

beginners to start out with Competition because

with Clarite you have to do an extra buffing with a

special Clarite buffer. Its a personal pref.

But I went with the Competition cuz Im clueless

about what the heck she meant about the Clarite !


I will list the OPI names beside the items just in case

you want to get the same ones as me but again you can

find these things in many diff brands.

Dappen Dish
( A small container used for holding
your liquid or powder)
Bondex2 (This is the Primer. You need this !)
(OPI Competition) Acrylic Liquid
(OPI Competition) Acrylic Powders (Whatever colors you wish)
Im going with Spa White & Sheer Pink for now
Nail Tips
(Im using OPI Clear ones)
Brush Cleaner (OPI)
Artificial Nail Clipper
(This is different from a reg nail clipper)
A couple diferent Sable brushes
(Im using an OPI oval Sable one)
Design Brush / Striper
Cuticle Oil
(I made my own with jojoba, olive, almond & grape seed oil)
Buffer Block
Nail Files: 180 & 100 grit
Nail Polish Remover (Acetone & Non Acetone)
Orange Wood Stick
Nail Forms
Nail Polish
Nail Glue

So yeah this is basically all you need as far as I know.
Once you get all these items you should get an
an empty artist kit or some type of container
with a handle.
& there you have your lovely acrylic nail kit !

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