Custom Color Mixes – Part 2

August 18th, 2017

In Part 1 you learned all about color theory and skintone. In Part 2 we will be discussing mixing your own custom colors for your clients! Working with the NSI Acrylic and Gel lines makes mixing your custom colors easy! There are full ranges of color in both the Gel and Acrylics lines that can be used to make that one of a kind color. In acrylic, colored powders from either the Technailcolor or Secrets Shades line can be mixed with your Attraction Powders. If using gel, you can mix NSI Secrets Removable Gels together with the Balance LED/UV Gels.

Customizing

Customizing colors is an art in itself, it may take you several tries to get your mix just right, if you are completely new to customizing try matching your own skin tone first!

When mixing your color for over the stress area or over the extended area, make sure that your mix contains one of the opaque masques or whites. Often times if you just mix colors and use some of the ones that are more transparent then this area will not be opaque. You will loose your long, sleek illusion. Some colors to avoid using over the nail bed as your transition colors are the yellows and greens. You don’t want to create the illusion of a bacterial infection (greenies).

After you have determined if your client has warm undertones or cool undertones, you will need to select the perfect base for your mix.

POWDERS: NSI has several excellent opaque colors in the Attraction Acrylic Line to use as your base.

Cool – Attraction Rose Blush is a cool pink used to hide imperfections or to create the illusion of longer looking nail beds

Warm – Attraction Purely Pink Masque, a warm pink, with slightly less opacity.

 

GELS: Balance LED/UV gels have 2 colors ideal for mixing

Cool – Balance LED/ UV Builder Blush is a soft pink with just a hint of opacity

Warm – Balance LED/ UV Body Builder Cover Pink Warm is a warm opaque pink.

MIXING

When mixing your custom colors, start working with a clean, empty container, at least a 7 gram size container or larger. You will need about 30% empty space in the top of your container so you can roll and mix the colors together. Remember to mix enough product to have on hand when your client returns for her rebalancing appointments. NOTE: When mixing gels, use a white or opaque jar so that your mixture does not cure before your clients next rebalance.

ORGANIZING YOUR MIXES: Always keep a “recipe” of what you used in your custom mix on hand or in your client consultation card, so that you know how to make more. Put the client’s name on the container, and store them alphabetically. A great way to organize your acrylic mixes is the Secrets Nail Art Palette, it can hold up to fifteen empty jars and you can purchase it with the jars already included.

WARMER

Earlier, we covered that making a color warmer you need to add a small amount of yellow or red to a color. That is exactly what you are going to do with your mixture.

POWDERS:
To make a warmer color using Secrets Shades Colored Acrylic, just add a tiny amount (like two pinheads) of “In The Hot Seat”, or an even less amount of “Bite Your Tongue”.

GELS:
To make a warmer color using Secrets Removable Color Gel, just add a tiny amount (like two pinheads) of “Hot Topic”, or an even less amount of “Bite Your Tongue”. Adding “Don’t Make Me Blush” or “Romantic Rose” are also a good choice if you would like to add a little opacity and warmth.

Cooler
To make a color cooler, just like we covered earlier, you can add a small amount of a true blue and create a whole new custom cool color.

POWDER:
To make a cooler color, just add one to two pinhead-sized amounts of Secrets Shades Colored Acrylic – “Whisper Sweet Nothings” or “Day Dream” (Be careful this one has glitter).

GEL:
To make a cooler color, just add one to two pinhead-sized amounts of Secrets Removable Color Gel – “Open Minded” or “Wild Flowers”. If you need to make your mix slightly pinker, “Don’t Kiss and Tell” is a nice opaque cool pink pigment.

Tinting or Shading

One important element of custom blending is getting the right tint or shade. It is always best to add very tiny amounts of the darker pigment to the lighter one. You can continue to add tiny amounts until you have reached the desired color.

ACRYLIC: You can adjust your base mix if it is too light simply by adding a half pinhead-sized amount of Secrets Shades Colored Acrylic Powder – “Mother Earth”. This will darken it slightly. Be careful, this color will also make your mixture slightly warm.

If you need to lighten a mix, just add Attraction Radiant White Powder and a bit more of your chosen base color.

GEL: You can adjust your base mix if it is too light simply by adding a half pinhead-sized amount of Secrets Removable Gel – “Big Apple”. This will darken it slightly. Be careful, this color will also make your mixture slightly warm.

If you need to lighten a mix, just add Secrets Removable Color Gel “Little White Lies”, and a bit more of your chosen base color.

Testing Your Mix

It is important to test your mix along the way so you know how much more of a color to customize. Cap your jar and roll the jar between your hands to mix the powder. Using a nail form, press out a small bead and let it set before comparing it to your client. Adjust as needed.

Once you think your mix is complete, test your mix BEFORE applying it to your client. Press out several beads onto an Clear nail tip and hold it over the client’s finger. If it isn’t quite what you want, adjust it by adding small amounts of the desired powder.

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NEW! Polish Pro Island Resort Collection!

June 2nd, 2017

We are excited to announce our brand-new Summer 2017 “Island Resort” Collection for our Polish Pro UV/LED Gel Polish line! Adorn your clients in an abundance of gorgeously bold and fun shades to rock out this summer! Whether they are going to music festivals, digging their toes in the sand, or just hanging out by the pool, you can give your clients a wide array of tropical colors to choose from to make their manis and pedis look alive!

The Island Resort colors!

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There are already some excited Nail Techs using our product as well! Check out our Pinterest Board below to see what they have done with our new colors so far!

Are you interested in purchasing this collection and are in the USA? Be sure to make an account on our website so you can place your orders! If you would like to find a local distributor in your area, click here!

Looking to become a better Nail Tech? Put your skills to the test and ramp up your NSI Product and nail tech knowledge by joining our 3 day intensive program! HURRY before seats fill!

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Where is NSI University 2017?

May 26th, 2017

NSI University is being held in 2 locations this year. One in Philadephia, PA USA, and another in Poland (Gdansk). Our training sessions are special occasion 3-day long events that are aimed to help the nail tech hone skills, learn NSI specific product both old and new, and allow them to seek the advice and critique of our professional nail educators. Our products are specially formulated for professional use only, so for the most optimal performance of our product, we want to make sure techs world wide can understand and fully learn the potential of our product and it’s proper application for quality nails that will keep clients happy and raving about your work!

We simply Require:

  • You Must Be a Licensed nail Technician
  • A Positive attitude and a Team Player
  • Be passionate about Nail education and the nail industry

At NSI University You Will…

  • Learn from Top NSI Nail Tech Educator team World wide
  • Advance your career with new Knowledge of NSI Products
  • Network with Nail technicians all over the Country and the World

NSI University – Philadelphia, PA USA – July 24th-27th 2017

NSI University is an affordable way to expand your career as a nail technician and educator! This event will be from July 24th, 2017 through July 27th, 2017. For $500, you will receive the training and certification to educate on NSI brand products, plus all of the products needed to practice with during the training. We also have a great rate through the hotel of $144 for single or double suites, and if you choose to stay at the hotel, you will also get breakfast and complimentary drinks and snacks at the hotel’s evening reception. Get the MOST out of your value with the hotel discount and invite your nail tech colleagues to come with you!
You will be responsible for booking your own hotel. 

DEADLINE TO REGISTER : JULY 1st. 

Click here to RSVP on our Facebook Event for NSI University Philadelphia, PA USA!

Click here to LEARN MORE and SIGN UP for NSI University Philadelphia!

NSI University – Poland (Gdansk) – Sept. 13th – 15th, 2017

NSI University Poland (Gdansk) will be held Wednesday September 13, 2017 through Friday, September 15, 2017. This training will take your nail skills to the next level and you will have the opportunity to become one of our NSI certified Educators! This training will be an intense 3 day training that will cover everything you need to advance your skills in Gel, Acrylic, Nail Art, competition and sharpen those Educator skills. You will NOT leave this training the same nail tech! We also encourage Distributors to send their top nail technicians to join us to receive certification or re-certification on all of the new NSI Products.

NSI University is an affordable way to expand your career as a nail technician and educator! For $400, you will receive the training and certification to educate on NSI brand products, plus all of the products needed to practice with during the training.

You will be responsible for booking your own hotel.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER : AUGUST 15th

Click here to RSVP on our Facebook Event for NSI University Poland!

Click here to LEARN MORE and SIGN UP for NSI University Poland!

What you can expect to learn at NSI University 2017 !


We are so excited to do these events and look forward to helping you become a better nail tech! We also look forward to helping you establish yourself as a professional NSI Educator as well, for those who are interested in becoming an ambassador to the brand and helping others learn how to use NSI Product to their fullest potential. See you at the event!

 

 

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Our ALL-NEW Au Naturel Collection!

March 3rd, 2017

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Slip into the sleek style of Spring with our brand-new nude inspired colors from our Au Naturel Collection! Not only are we sporting this new gorgeous set, we are also introducing a brand new product look! Our Au Naturel collection is a Polish Pro exclusive – Get it while you can! Every client at some point will love to have nude and neutral toned nails, so it’s a great addition to your current stock of colors!

We’ve created a beautiful Pinterest board of our inspiration and swatches, Check it out here!

Check out these new MUST-HAVE Shades!

Get the INDIVIDUAL COLORS HERE!

 Want to LEARN NSI Products? Join NSI University 2017! We’re taking Sign-ups until July, so be sure to get your seat!

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NSI Announces a New Master Distributor in Africa!

February 3rd, 2017

Nail Systems International (NSI) Announces a New Master Distributor in Africa

Philadelphia, PA (February 1, 2017) – NSI Manufacturing Headquarters is proud to announce the new Master Distributor for Africa, Johann and Louise Louw.

NSI is committed to providing all who are interested, current and new nail technicians, the high standard of the NSI brand, which includes amazing products and education, both new and continued.

NSI USA support Johann and Louise with innovative products of the highest quality, international standard of education and competitive pricing.

Isabel Fisher (Vice-President of Sales and Marketing) recently attended the first Distributor meeting under the new Master Distributorship of Johann and Louise.

NSI USA would like to thank the loyal support of the distributors all over South Africa: Johannesburg and Pretoria (for Gauteng), Durban (for KZN), Port Elizabeth (for the Eastern Cape), Bloemfontein (for the Free State and Northern Cape), Potchefstroom (for North West region), Nelspruit (for Mpumalanga) and also our Mauritius and Mocambique distributors. We are very excited to continue our high standard of education by including Beverly Kriek as a vital part of our new distributorship with her 25 years’ experience, using and training with NSI products.

NSI USA, in direct collaboration with NSI Africa and the distributors, are devoted to building a new nail community in Africa, one nail at a time. For more information about the NSI professional-only product line, contact us at (800) 354-6741 or visit the NSI website at www.nsinails.com.

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SM nails 2016 – Team NSI

September 15th, 2016

This year’s Championship in nail design, held in Stockholm on Skin and Cosmetics Trade Fair for two exciting and intense days. Team NSI was in place in full strength. 7 wonderfully talented nail technician, and a coach. All we have trained together, been happy together, were sad together, developed together and now again compete together.

It’s a special feeling to race individually, but at the same time it is incredibly wonderful to know that you compete as a team! They rejoice in their own success, but as much of others. It really is the commonality of our team that we find our strength.

Martina Lindmark and Ms Wahlstrom has been involved since the start and they have been brought home many trophies over the years.

They are both great sources of inspiration.

Maria Fransson is an eternal joy spreader evolving and climbs up on all scoore sheets. We cheer and clap.

Caroline Petersson has quickly taken from Beginner to Master. She nails that takes your breath away. An impressive willpower.

Yulia Rezvykh has the ability to bring out all the details and with an energy and determination that never fails. We see her in the classic races and nail art competitions in the world. So much knowledge.

Julia Fredriksson spreads joy and communion with his great laughs, but when she goes up on the racetrack there are few who are so focused. A willingness and determination to get her closer and closer to the trophies.

Charming Sofia Söderbäck made the coolest feat during the Championship this year. 20 minutes before race time was over, and she happens to break the model of a nail. Completely cold makes Sofia a new nail and time to clear. One can only say WOW! We are still impressed.

Annica Andersson is another very talented therapist who competed with NSI. The joy shone on her and it resulted in a podium! Soon we see her in the race team; NSI Competition Team Sweden!We are both proud and pleased and welcome her with open arms and hearts lot.

As a coach, I can only rejoice. All are struggling so much and help each other. How do we obtain this? How will the piece be better? All put so much time and effort – but it gives results. We rejoice together over everyone’s success.

Now I sit here and look at all the pictures. I feel like my eyes are glossy and I must be the happiest in the nail industry that must work with so single-minded, yet so humble nail technicians. Wonderful NSI Competition Team Sweden!

Now we digest all these successes before recharging, enjoy and rejoice at how amazing everyone is. Then we set our sights on London and Nailympia in October. Yeeeah !!

-Reni (NSI Sweden)

–Original posting of this blog can be found here: http://www.nailsystems.se/blogg/sm_i_naglar_2016

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Flashback Friday! Premiere Orlando

September 9th, 2016

We can’t believe it’s been 4 months since we were at the Premiere Orlando show! It was so much fun. We look forward to our next trade show adventure!

We’ve included footage from our booth in beautiful Orlando Florida as thousands of beauty professionals gathered world-wide to celebrate this huge event.  Alla Kinder’s beautiful competition nail set which she won 2nd place at Nail Pro 2016 is also featured in this video as well!
Want to keep updated on the next show or event? Sign up for our newsletter here! Want to see more of our experience at Premiere Orlando?Check out our blog post here! 

 

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Sneak Peek at our NEW Boho Chic Collection!

September 2nd, 2016

At NSI, we’re constantly keeping up with new fashion and trends. The Boho Chic collection is inspired from Urban Bohemian themes, featuring a warm earthy palette with a dreamy collection of complimentary hues. The Boho Chic collection spans across multiple product lines promoting the idea that different product can be used together to create beautiful and unique nail art.

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Check out our new sneak peek at the swatches across the line as well as Boho Chic nail art created by our pros using this new collection!

 

STAY TUNED for this collection to be launched next week!

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The Mermaid Collection is HERE! Get inspired!

June 20th, 2016

We are excited to announce our new Mermaid Collection which includes a range of new swatches for Polish Pro, Secrets Removable Gels, Secrets Shade Powders, Sparkles & Effects as well as one extra new Secrets Design Gel!

Check out our lineup and follow our Pinterest board for more style inspiration and swatch pairing!

 

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FREE NSI Training with Jana Warnke – Nail Tech Event of the Smokies!

June 16th, 2016

Event Details

Location:

Classroom #11

Gatlinburg Convention Center

234 Historic Nature Trail

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

 

Date & Time:

Sat. July 9th from 9AM – 4:45PM (1 hour lunch break at noon)

Workshop:

Advanced Nail Art Techniques & Creative Concepts with Jana Warnke

This class is designed to get your creative juices flowing! Come, be inspired, and learn how to incorporate multiple nail art techniques and products to create show stopping, jaw dropping, “oh my gosh, who did your nails?!?, kind of nails! Jana Warnke is one of the most creative nail artists in the industry and she will show you how to create stunning nail art from the structure up. Whether a beginner or advanced technician, you will take away new knowledge and skills. Her simple concepts, plus amazing talent, will motivate you to a new level of nail art!

Price: FREE

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  About our Educator

Jana Warnke

Jana Warnke is one of the most creative nail artist in the industry and she will show you how to create stunning nail art from the structure up. Whether a beginner or advanced technician, you will take away new knowledge and skills. Her simple concepts, plus amazing talent, will motivate you to a new level of nail art!

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