Let’s take a look at where this point of view comes from…
I was writing my new Refresher Courses when it dawned on me how the industry has its little quirks. One of those I have found is that students are made to feel inferior if they do not sculpt and use tips.
Where has this viewpoint come from? How can we move forward?
As an educator I feel it is my duty to teach my students the importance of tipping and sculpting correctly, from then on in, they can make the decision how they want to move forward in their work.
For me, tip fitting and form-fitting are both art forms.
Getting that perfect fit from both takes skill and knowledge. There are many amazing techs in the industry that favour tips over sculpts and have won many competitions using only tips!
I think that these feelings were born in the 80s/90s as a response to the quality of the tips that were available on the market.
Let’s revisit what tips were like…
- White or Cream
- A well that needed blending
Reading all of that, I’m not surprised that people chose sculpting and ditched the tips! (Mind you, back in the day forms were metal so I guess it was still the lesser of the 2 evils!!)
When I first trained in acrylics the tips I had were dreadful, it used to fill me with absolute fear if I had an acrylic extension client in as I hated the whole faff that went with it!!!! It was like fitting a half-drainpipe to the poor client and was just as heavy as one! No matter how much I filed they just looked huge and curly! The number of tip cutters I broke was criminal!
However, times have changed and the market for tips now is phenomenal!
They are now……
- Available in clear
- Available in all shapes to ensure correct structure is achieved
I mean cmon!!! What’s not to love !! I think having that choice of tips or sculpts is amazing!!!
Here are my top tips for tipping!
Measure the fit sidewall to sidewall-not from the front, fitting from the front will not give you an accurate fit and you will be missing those valuable sidewalls.
Ensure your tip has made a flush connection with the nail plate, that it isn’t sticking up or down with gaps between the nail plate and tip. This will lead to a definite service breakdown.
Ensure the glue is distributed evenly in the contact area on the tip, do not flood. Only a few mm’s of tip need to be connected to the nail plate.
Remember adhesive is a cyanoacrylate and could cause contact allergies if in constant contact with the skin
When shaping the tip ready for product ensure you leave a few mm’s breathing room and loosely file in the finished free edge shape for refining filing after the product has been applied. You can take away but you can’t add. A few mm’s can make a lot of difference.
I hope that has given you a renewed sense of confidence.
To finish, these are my photographic works (one was a pro beauty 3rd place winner) and believe it or not they are both made with nail tips !!!!
Edge from Crystal Nails and gothic almond using Cuccio vamp tips!
You can now book in for a 3-hour 1-2-1 lesson with Mel Lewendon either in person or online as part of her new courses.
The Acrylic, Builder In A Bottle & Hard Gel Refresher Courses teach the application, extensions techniques and tips and tricks to make application easy
As well as that you will learn all about the Anatomy & Physiology of the nail as well as making sure you understand allergies and the science behind them.
You won’t want to miss out on these incredible courses.