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actualiterally

Using the drill to get it smooth takes a bit of practice. Your best bet is to watch some videos on the nail career education YouTube. And be patient with yourself! You'll skin up your cuticles trying to do too much too fast.


Jugs_206

Thanks, I looked up Nail Career Education and there’s lots of good stuff! Already learning some helpful techniques.


GetItM0m

Practice makes perfect with the e file. I've actually considered making this same post. I've gotten way better but not that salon quality finish yet. From what I've seen and practiced, it's a matter of pressure, speed, and grit. If you are not trying to remove product/debulk a fine grit bit would work, and try to keep the pressure at a minimum. Work at a speed that you are comfortable with, over time you will get comfortable enough to increase the speed but this is a step I wouldn't rush. Become familiar with the amount of pressure you're using. Also, as the above poster mentioned, YouTube is your best friend. I watch a lot of YoungNails and Nail career education. They've been a huge help.


Jugs_206

Hey, thanks for the thorough and thoughtful response. I watched some nail education videos and combined with your advice it’s already starting to look better.


jess_611

After you use the drill are you following up with a budding block or fine drill bit? I honestly find the manual buffing block to do the best smoothing.


Jugs_206

I haven’t tried that yet, but definitely will. Thanks for the advice!


littlejdub25

I tried the same drill today and ended up with cloudy/white-ish look on top of the dark purple color I had. Nothing made it go away so I took all of it off. What am I doing wrong? I even tried a clear coat on the next nail before using the efile and had the same issue. I know it’s something I am messing up. Help! 🙏🏻💅💅


Jugs_206

Hmmm, well I’m definitely not an expert but I’ve been following the tips everyone gave and the results are quickly improving. What’s worked for me is dipping as many coats as I want, activating, drying for a minute or two, buff with drill on slowest speed. At this point it looks very cloudy. I then brush the dust off, wipe with alcohol and then activate again which takes away the cloudiness. Then wipe with alcohol again and finish with top coat.


littlejdub25

Oh nice! Thanks for that advice! What drill bit do you use? Are they even called drill bits?