Nail Tips vs Nail Forms

Hi I'm Suzie So many of you whilst watching my videos have noticed that I use forms I've used them my whole career But there are tips out there, and a lot of you will be more familiar with the tips I'm going to show you today the difference between tips and form application Lets get started The nice thing about being in business for so long is I've collected lots of stuff over the years and some I have never used, and now it's come in handy! So I went through my collection and I have actually got a good assortment of tips here that I can show you I've put it on this black pad so you can see it here Ive got the clear There's natural with a well Natural without the well And the extreme white which is very square That is more of a new style, they don't usually do that And this one is a bit tapered Okay, so, which one will I use? You can see this one here, this one with the well in the back I particularly don't like these because when they put them on I kinda thing gluing a nail near the stress point is not the strongest method And this is a very long well, so when that's on there most of that is glue And then when you put your acrylic on, only this part of the acrylic is actually attached to the natural nail plate So I like more of this style I prefer to go for this shape here Which as you can see a very strong C curve And that when you place it on there, now you've got a lot of the nail plate that you can put the acrylic on And the glue is just the very tip of your finger I'm going to pick a clear tip because I'm going to use the Baby Boomer French technique that I did before And that's what's underneath this polish And the white would interfere with that colour That I'm trying to create The nice gentle fade So I'm going to use a clear, so it has the advantage I can do a colour on top but it won't have any colour from the bottom Coming through Okay So, when you're fitting a tip My nails by the way I've taken them off And they're all naked ready to go for the tip And one I'll put a form on And the other I'm going to show you a tip Now when sizing a tip You look at these points here And this smile line curve that goes in there like that And what you're trying to do is fit it on to the tip And I'll show you from the sideways camera When you're fitting it on The idea is you want to put a little bit of glue on here Or under the tip of your nail And you want to fit it on and hold it ever so gently And at the right angle If you don't hold it at the right angle, it glues instantly So you've got to be on your game right away If the glue sets and the tip is in the wrong angle That ain't going to look good Now when sizing the higher the number And you can see that little number It's really really tiny It's on the underside of the tip of the nail The lower the number The bigger the size of the tip This is number two This big one And this one as it gets smaller This one is number five So I'm going to show you the difference Number two fitting this index finger you can see It's too big, see the corners It just sits off way too far This is a number five And I find it just a little bit too big See how the sides go off like that If you press it down and you want to Pres it down in the center On to the tip here You don't want a gap, you don't want the sides to attach And have a gap there see that That would be awful That has to touch on there So the five is actually a little bit too big still But the six I think is going to fit quite nicely So what I'm looking for I'm holding it with my other finger so you can see I'm making sure that this is lining up with my natural nail Tips shrink a little As all these products do, they shrink a little when they go on the nail So the tip is better to be a little on the bigger side Rather than fitting a smaller tip You don't want to fit a smaller tip on there As when it shrinks a little then it's too small So sometimes you do find that when setting it on your nail that it's a little bit wider You can take a bit of a file And you can just file the tips in a little bit Just to bring the tip in like that On both sides they are very easy to file Ever so gently Just to bring it up a little bit So here's my bit of glue And the glue is like crazy glue right It glues really fast I'm going to put a bit of glue in the well Now I find the less glue the better the stick It doesnt like to be doused in glue Sometimes I will do this It's a lot easier sometimes to place it more straight on gives a better advantage Okay that's feeling pretty good I'm just going to hold it down, make sure he's happy So just before you put your acrylic on You need to buff the surface of this tip Just as your natural nail was buffed You want to buff the tip We're just taking away that shine There we go I'm going to make this the Baby Boomer French technique That's what all my other nails are in underneath here Now that you've got the tip buffed You just start laying down your design And in this case its the French Baby Boomer Now I'm going to make these almond So I'll shape them up later I do it in three colours I like the blend of the three colour And then I put a really nice blend of pink on the nail plate Just a little quick tip Is you don't want any of your product to touch the skin Now I'm going to show you the difference with the form Okay Here's my form And I'm really used to forms Forms take a little bit more skill because it places under Remember the tip placed on top of my nail plate This is going to place under the nail plate We're going to remove this when we're done So you want to bend it just like the tip was kinda bent And you've got that nice smile line in here Were going to curve it a little bit And we're just going to slide it under my natural nail Watching the hyponichium underneath I've got really high ones That's the little skin underneath the nail That's a very sensitive area You've got to be careful about that Now as you can see this form placement had the same Flow as the tip As far as the arch goes That's how my form is too Okay Making sure there's no gap, just like I made sure there was no gap with the tip I'm going to do the same design Like I just did with the tip So you're again essentially these are the same outcome We're just getting to it a little bit of a different way Tips save the nail technician a few extra steps If you're not trained on doing a form A tip is a sure way to just kinda fill in the blanks really Just make sure I get these guys the same length So it's the same process from here I've put the form on and I'm just building the colours I put the tip on and just built my colours They are essentially the same Okay just making sure I've got my arch Okay there I go Wait for these to dry and now I'm going to sculpt them So I've filed these up completely These two, this is my favourite sculpting shaping file These are 100 100's they are great So them I'm going to move it down to a 180 to a 240 The higher the number the softer the grit By doing that higher number grit The smoother it's going to get And I'm really focusing around the cuticles because of the polish application I want it to be nice and smooth And then I'm going to go to my softest file Okay and now I'm going to oil these up Just douse the cuticle with oil And then massage it in get rid of all that icky dust And now before I polish I wash my hands thoroughly to get rid of this oil And all the extra dust Before I polish So if the nail technician is doing a good job the outcome should be the same They should both be beautiful whether you are using forms or tips A choice between form or tips really is a nail technician's choice I prefer the form because I can take a form And I can apply it to a natural nail of any condition, any shape Whatever the natural nail is giving me I can put a form on it But a tip is a little bit more difficut To glue a tip to a natural nail if there is nothing there Or if's misshaped or if its very uneven on the end If there's nothing really to apply the tip to You cant really do it But a form Because you're going underneath No matter what the natural nail plate is offering You can put anything on top of it A tip you need something a foundation to glue it to And you don't always have that So it really is a nail technician's choice Which one that he or she prefers to put on you Let's take a look at those reveal shots So there you go tips vs forms Which one to choose, it's your nail tech's personal preference Whatever you're looking for in a nail technician Look for good quality work And they can get that by using forms or tips Whatever their professional preference is Talk to you soon

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