Basic nail anatomy is one of the first things you learn in school and a big focus of your state board exam. Yet, techs often find themselves communicating with clients using the words clients say, even if those terms aren’t technically correct. For instance, many techs incorrectly refer to the eponychium as the cuticle because it’s what clients are familiar with. As a professional, it’s critical that laymen’s language doesn’t replace your credentialed knowledge of a nail’s anatomical parts. Here, a refresher on the essential parts of the nail, from base to tip and everything in between.
THE SIX BASIC AREAS OF THE NAIL ARE:
Before you begin a nail art project, here are a few quick tips
and reminders for a fabulous finished look every time:
• Review the previous sections—Nail Art Tools, Nail Art Techniques, and Nail Anatomy—for expert results and to avoid interruptions and oversights during the projects.
• Use nail polishes that are new and fresh, with a smooth liquid consistency.
• Unless otherwise specified, these projects make use of the brush
that comes in the nail polish bottle.
• For precision and cleanliness, use as few strokes as possible when applying color.
• For looks that make use of multiple layers of polish colors, always apply colors with thinner coverage first.
• If you have applied the suggested number of polish coats and the color coverage is not opaque enough, apply another coat.