Perfect Acrylic Bead Pickup Tutorial


Kirsty: Hi everybody, I’m Kirsty Meakin from Naio Nails. In this video, I’m gonna show you in depth bead pickup application. Some people call them beads, some people call them balls, some people call them pearls. We’re gonna show you exactly how to do it, and I am in Scotland at the minute, in NABTA. You need to check them out. But yeah, let’s get cracking! You have all got a practice card on your desk now because the fabulous Haley has put one out on the desk for you. And we’re gonna practice bead pickup Naio do three different liquids. You might use other systems that have not only one or you know difference Speed Powders… so, it’s up to you to work your product. So, we’ve got High Speed, Medium Speed and Max Adhesion. That’s the order they’ll go in for setting it up quickly. Quick, medium, slow, yeah. I’m gonna use this one because I love it. And we’re only doing something quite small. I’m using High Speed. On this card, you’ve got three different size beads. We’ve also got a three bead application and we’ve got a two bead application. These little wings here, are not because we’re going to do duck feet-shaped nail, they are because if you actually got a nail that was square, and smashed it out flat, it would be that shape, because obviously it drops down to the sides. Not necessarily if you’re doing a ballerina or like an almond or stiletto nail. But when you’re doing a square, it will drop down. So, that’s what those are for, yeah. Make sense? You looked confused that’s all. Model: It’s not that, I’m just looking at the camera and thinking “I want this… Model: …I want exactly this.”
Adam: No, this is the dangerous setup. Model: How is it that?
Adam: If this falls down, hits you in the face, nobody would saw it right. Kirsty: The mobile set up. So, we’re gonna talk about picking up beads, balls, whatever you wanna call them. Kirsty: Do you have them call them beads in Scotland, yeah?
Model: Yeah. Kirsty: We all know about burping the brush, yeah?
Model: Yeah. Kirsty: To remove the bubble, yeah.
Model: Those bubbles. Kirsty: Get them bubbles out.
Model: Bubbles out. Kirsty: Is it burping? Burp! So, you’d get all the air out, yeah. Adam: Who does that?
Kirsty: Oh my God! Kirsty: Have you seen where he puts them in? Oh my God! He’s so bad. Kirsty: He says he’s gonna do a whole compilation of me just burping.
Adam: Well, there’s quite a bit of it. Adam: We’ve got about three minutes of it. Kirsty: We’d need to make like a song.
Adam: Yeah. Adam: Auto-tune your burps.
Kirsty: That would be hilarious. Oh God! No, don’t do that. Kirsty: Right, so, we’ve done that. Now, if we’re gonna pick up a big bead, I literally just dragged like that and not splaying the brush. Yeah, we’re not bending the brush at all. We’re literally just taking off the excess, so it doesn’t drip. Then I’m gonna turn it over and I’m gonna go low. Notice the angle of the brush, and I’m just gonna step through three times. Let’s go here. Clean my brush. Let that do its thing. So, see it’s polymerizing. Oh, the magic, it’s happening. So, when we get that nice shine, we can pat and press it into place. So, you can see we can get a nice big bead. So, the reason we got a big bead is because we went low to the angle. So, if you look at the pot, I shook it down, so I’ve got quite a wide distance because from here, trying to get in this pot is quite difficult. But if we just shake it like this and pop there, we can get in nice and low, yeah. It’s the angle of the brush that’s going to give you the size of your bead. So, if I go into these now, take off a little flick. Is it a little flick? Yes, just little flick, yeah, and I’m gonna make the angle a little bit higher. Two, three, take off the excess, pop it on, clean my brush. I’m always cleaning my brush because it’s my baby. By the time you’ve cleaned that brush, your polymerization has happened and you can start to move that around. You’re not gonna force any sort of bubbles into your product. You’re always going to get some bubbles because that’s what happens when it polymerizes. So, some people pick up beads a little bit different than this, so they all go sweep sweep sweep. So, you see a difference of that bead? This is really liquid and this isn’t, yeah, because you’re basically touching the tip of it more than anything else. So, I like to do this little sort of walk. It’s tiny little bounce. It’s literally this, this, this. Do you know how much did my fingers move then? Hardly. Yeah! And today, I want you try things that, maybe you don’t do and see if it makes it any better and you adjust what I do to fit you as well, but I want you to try new things. I used to be really stubborn when I was learning, when I was younger. Like that. I know I’ll do it. Don’t know what it’s all about. And it held me back, and then I started to listen, try new things and even adapted those things and creating my own, and it gave me a more of an understanding as well. So, while we’re gonna do a small bead, I am gonna splay the brush, yeah. Then I’m gonna come up upright. So, I’m gonna go one, two, three. Gonna take off the excess liquid. Place it on. So, it should release from your brush like that. You shouldn’t have any residue on your brush. So, going high is making the brush have less contact with the powder, creating a smaller bead, yeah. So, it’s about the angle. Yes, it’s a little bit about the liquid that’s in your brush, but it’s more about that angle. The more contact it makes, the bigger the bead, yeah. Don’t worry if you think, oh, it’s too big compared to that circle. As long as you’re picking up three different sizes and you’re controlled when you practice this, that’s all I’m asking for. So, you’ve got a 3 bead application here. So, you’re gonna do a big bead, a medium bead, a small bead, yeah. Place it, you wanna place it just over that line. Tap that edge. So, you’re blending it into the number two. And then clean your brush and then, you can come and pat and press. And it’s not gonna stick to your brush because you’ve given it those few seconds. Those few seconds of cleaning your brush will allow the product to polymerise and it will make it more workable. So, it will feel weird creating this shape and I wanna push it out of it’s comfort zone. Concentrate on getting it nice and even.
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00:08:54,914 –>0nna go in with the medium bead. Little flick. One, two, three. Turn it over. Again, slightly over that line and we can pat into that third section. Shape your brush. You could start to bring that down. I know many of you won’t do three bead application, but it’s good to practice just for control. I want you concentrate on getting that blend here. Just gonna wet that brush a little bit. Kirsty: We’re being shot at.
Adam: Yup. For once. Adam: This is the longest you stayed in shot. We’re doing all the nails on this things from now. Kirsty: Always got two nails on this practice sheet.
Adam: Yeah. Kirsty: Duck feet ones. Then we’re gonna pick up a small bead. So, we are gonna drag off, and then we’re gonna go, one two three. Take off the excess because you don’t want that excess because you are getting a small bead. You don’t want to feed that with liquid. And then we’re gonna come slightly over that bead, yeah. And we’re gonna tap, tap, tap, to get it nice and flush to the cuticle, but not flooding it. I’m going into my liquid, I’m cleaning it again and then we can pull over. When we do this two bead, we need to get a really big bead now, don’t we? Super big. So, make sure you get real good contact with the powder, really nice and low. I don’t need to drain that off. Bring it down using the body and that belly of the brush to bring that down. I find people get more out of this course than any of the courses that I teach because a lot of people kind of forget what they’ve been learnt at first, or maybe they just weren’t learnt the correct ways. You know, we’re all go to do like, college courses or online thing, you know, courses. It’s very easy to become a nail technician in London. Go to America, you’re spending at least 5,000 pound to become a nail technician. In England, you can go online and what, pay 50 quid and do it. So, you may get taught different ways, but I find this way really does help. I used to teach a college level and I used to teach like this, so, thank God those skills got taught like that because I’ve had girls come on courses like this, never even been showed that ever and it’s changed. And some of these girls are like really top nail techs, and they’ve come on the course and it’s completely transformed the work, and I love that. Model: Yeah.
Kirsty: Because I can see such a big improvement. Kirsty: Now, we’re gonna go to a medium bead. Because if you look at this area, it’s very similar size, isn’t it, to this number two here? One, two, three. We’re a little higher. Press that down, clean your brush and we’re gonna pat-pat-pat. Pat into the middle to the outside and then we can bring the product down. Kirsty: We’ve all got a couple of fingers free of nails.
Models: Mm-hmm! Kirsty: You’ll get it nice and and smooth. Add a little bit more liquid to your brush if you need to, to get it nice and smooth. There you are. That’s what I want you to do. This! Don’t worry about this prep first, I just wanted you to see that because obviously, you’re all gonna have a go with prep. You’re gonna prep your own nails. And like I said to some of you, I’m going to be telling some of you how to soak eggs, but I want to make sure everybody understands what I’m saying. Yeah, some of you may know, some of you may not. Alright, girls, crack on. I’m going to give you 20 minutes, yeah. There you are, guys. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Instagram. I hope you have learned lots today, and I’ll see you in the next one. Bye-bye!

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