It’s All About Color: Part 1 – By Rise’ Carter

*Updated 8/11/17 click here to read the updated post

When I was first introduced to custom blending color for clients, I was a bit skeptical.  What nail tech would want to take extra time to customize colors for clients?  I was convinced when I started customizing color for my own nails and many clients started asking me to customize colors for them.

It’s an excellent way to increase the ticket for an enhancement service!  I love customizing for my clients and have a number of little pots with clients’ names on them to identify their specific blends.

Custom blending allows  you to offer the ultimate manicure and pedicure service by customizing Forever French (doesn’t necessarily mean pink and white) enhancements that compliment your client’s skin tones, match a client’s personal style, create the illusion of longer, sleeker nail beds, or create fun and exciting permanent flat or three dimensional nail art.

To accomplish this using NSI product, you can use our full range of 14 mixable colored powders known as Technailcolor, and 42 mixable colored gels known as Secrets Removable Color Gels.  In order to mix colors successfully (there is a science behind this), it is important to truly understand color.

Color Wheel


The color wheel is a color circle based on red, yellow, and blue.  It is traditional in the field of art.  Sir Isaac Newton developed the first color wheel in the mid 1600’s.  The color wheel represents a logically arranged sequence of pure hues.  Hues denote the family of color, and there are twelve “families” that compose the basic color wheel.

Primary: Red, yellow and blue are colors that cannot be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors.

Secondary: Green, orange and purple are colors formed by mixing primary colors together.

Tertiary: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green, are colors formed by mixing secondary colors

Value: Black, white and gray are used to create dimension, mood, rhythm and emphasis. What color is a highlight on a nail?  What color is a shadow?


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