Tammy Taylor Nails

Smiley-Face or (and Surface Tension)
Smile-Line or
Happy Face

Answers to:
     Does your White free-edge discolor from the Pink?
     Or does the Smiley-Face become blurry?
Why is the smiley-face Blurry? 

Free-edge discolors from the Pink! (Surface Tension)

Horseshoe Pattern
How can I make a sharp, crisp smiley-face? (Surface Tension)

How to make a "strong" acrylic free-edge?

Practicing consistency
     Practice Sheet:
Nail Party Episode 5
     Polish bottle lids:
Nail Party Episode 4

Smooth - making a smooth acrylic nail
Stroking the Pink across the White - The First Pink ball of the nail-body

Surface Tension (see the links where Surface Tension is in parenthesis)

What is the Secret? (White must be wet enough to do the whole Free-edge & the Smiley-Face.  Also there is Surface Tension)

Why does the White fade? (Surface Tension)

Yellowing of the free-edge from Pink

The first secret is to have enough liquid in the brush
when you are making the White free-edge.
Otherwise when you try to curve the Smiley-Face with your brush,
the Smiley-Face area will have become too hard to properly adjust.

Blurry: Pink color flows into the White free-edge making smile-line blurry:  This is a common problem. 

1. 2.

When you Place the Pink ball, you MUST leave a gap between the Pink & the White.

And you MUST let the product flow, so the Pink can develop "surface tension", or the Pink will blend into the White.

Place Pink Ball
Notice the slight gap!

Lift & Let Flow
2-3 seconds
(Surface Tension)

If Pink blends into the White before you start Stroking; the Smiley-Face will become blurry.

This is a VERY Important step.  As you will see in picture #2, the Pink ball does not touch the White.
There is a slight gap. 
After the Pink ball develops surface tension, 2-3 seconds, you can stroke the pink; stroking the brush across the White free-edge.
If the Pink touches the White when you Place the Pink, the smiley-face will become blurry.

The First Pink Ball of the nail-body:
When the first Pink ball (nail-body) is allowed the 2-3 seconds to build up "surface tension"; the Pink can then be stroked completely across the White without discoloring.

Keep in mind when stroking the Pink, a slight pressure must be maintained on the brush, at the Smiley-Face, to allow the edge of the Smiley-Face of the White free-edge product to clean the brush of Pink product, as the brush is "lightly" stroked all the way over the White free-edge.


Answers to:
Why is the Smiley-Face blurry? 
And why does Pink discolor the White? 

Why does the White fade?
Yellowing of the free-edge from Pink...

Blurring, Discoloring & Fading all pertain to the Pink touching the White before the Pink develops "Surface Tension".

1. When you "place"
the "Pink" & if the pink "touches" the "White" while both are still wet: the Pink and the White will blend together; thus creating a blurry Smiley-Face; and the Pink will discolor the White.

How can I make a sharp, crisp smiley-face?
2. If however you leave a gap between the Pink & the White when you "place" the first Pink ball, and you allow the 1-3 seconds for the Pink to develop Surface Tension (a slight film forms on the surface of the Pink from the surrounding air); then when you stroke the Pink into the White; the Pink & White will bond without smearing the smiley-face. 

  2a. Thus, the "no touch" when placed and the "1-3 second wait" to allow for "surface tension" to develop; all help to create a crisp sharp smiley-face. 

See examples in nails at right: SF pix #1 and SF pix #2 pictures

See example below HP pix #1, for Horseshoe Pattern, although the pictures at the right: SF pix #1 and SF pix #2 show an excellent side view of what can be accomplished when filing using Tammy's filing invention: the "Horseshoe Pattern".

SF pix #1

SF pix #2


What is the Secret?
3. Leaving an air gap between the Pink & the White when you "place" the first Pink nail-body ball, giving the "pink" a chance to develop "surface tension".

The “secret” technique for making a "Smiley-Face" can be very easy if you keep in mind "wet".

The first acrylic ball that is applied to the fingernail is the #1 Ball, the White "free-edge" ball.  This first ball has to be wet enough to allow the Technician time to "Place" & let the sides "Flow"; "Push" in the sides to make the sides come straight out, and slightly downwards towards the tip, from the nail groove; and then to still have enough wetness in the Smiley-Face area to allow the Technician time to make the Smiley-Face with the brush.

Practicing consistency...
Practicing consistency on Tammy's "Practice Sheet" is demonstrated on her web-video:

Nail Party Episode 5"
; and on Polish Bottle "lids", as demonstrated on her web-video:
Nail Party Episode 4".


Smooth - making a smooth acrylic nail
The secret to a smooth acrylic nail is consistency and wetness.  The liquid to powder ratio is extremely important; thus a "poor" product ball should be immediately thrown away.  Practice on the Tammy Taylor "Practice Sheet". 

[Note on waste: We do realize that most Nail Technicians are not wasteful, and it can be very frustrating to throw a ball of product away; however, this is a MUST, otherwise the Technician will spend too much time correcting; even to not being able to do a set of acrylic nails in less than One Hour.]

How to make a "strong" acrylic free-edge?
When applying the free-edge
come slightly downwards from the nail groove, towards the tip of the acrylic nail.  This allows the Technician some acrylic to file, at Step #9-1 (file Left side - All Ten), and Step #9-1 (file the Right side - All Ten).  When doing this procedure on Tammy's "Practice Sheet", the free-edge ball, when patted out, and the sides pushed inwards, will look like a skirt; whereas the free-edge will have a flare look.

Note on Consistency: It is better to be a little more wet than too dry!

Horseshoe Pattern:
Also, when you are filing, use the Tammy Taylor invention of her "Horseshoe Pattern", so the acrylic nail is rounded evenly (across from side to side, and from cuticle to end of free-edge), rather than a lot of flat spots.
Flat spots:
Caused by a back & forth motion of the file, using the "wrist" in a tossing motion. 
Horseshoe Pattern:
Using the "shoulder joint" to pivot your whole arm and wrist; which also applies the weight of your arm to enhance the removal of product, when filing. 
Horseshoe Pattern motion: Up one side, across the top, and down the other side - repeat, making smaller & smaller "horseshoes", until you have filed all the way out to the end of the free-edge.  When the "Horseshoe Pattern" is applied, the acrylic nails will be uniform throughout: side to side, and from cuticle to end of free-edge.

HP pix #1
Also note: Along with the attractive curvature (from cuticle area to end of free-edge) of the acrylic nail (filed using Tammy's "Horseshoe Pattern"); notice the C-Curve at the free-edge tip; and notice how the sides come straight out from the sides of the nail-groove of the finger. 
Also note cuticle area: The acrylic smoothes to fingernail, which means nothing for the Client to pick at, in between appointments. 
Also see above "SF pix #1 & 2".

Note 2: Check Tammy's "Nails in Stages" article in "Nail FAQ's by Topic".  And "Practice Sheet".



<-- Notice the sharp, crisp Smiley-Face between the Pink & White product on the Finished Nail.

Applying a Top Coat Finished Nail 

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