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To provide a canvas for a nail technician to apply their product to, one must either glue a tip or extension onto the nail, or alternatively apply a sculpting form as the canvas.

When nail technicians first start out in the industry, it is way more common for them to use tips as their extension material rather than sculptures.

There are a lot of companies who sell tips as their compulsory arsenal of must have products.

Tips are generally applied with a glue or resin, and there are different glues available, according to the technicians ability.

Fast set glue takes approximately 3 seconds to hold, and slow setting glue, which is more appropriate for beginners, takes approximately 10 seconds.

The difference is speed is largely due to providing the technician with the ability to quickly remove the tip, if they have found to be applied a little crooked or off centre perhaps.

So lets take a more in depth look at the different type of tips on the market.

Clear tips

Natural tips

White French tips

Coloured or glitter tips


Clear tips

Clear tips were designed to be more sympathetic to gel extension use.

As the tip is clear, once the gel product has been applied and placed into the light, the clear nature allows the UV/led lamp to not only cure from the top view, but also underneath. This allows the technician to apply their product a little thicker than just a five cent coin when building the nail structure is a priority.

Natural tips

Natural tips are a great choice when after you apply either your hard gel or acrylic product, you intend on a gel polish application to finish.

The semi opaque nature of these tips, mean when one holds the client hand to the sky, there isn't a see through quality underneath the gel polish, and a better coverage of colour can be obtained with the gel polish.

French tips ( white)

These tips are great for providing the client with a quick permanent French look, and then overplayed with a clear product for strength. Particular handy for technicians that struggle with hand painting a French design on the nails.

These tips have been accused of looking ugly and not so flattering if applying them to nails that are too short, and look out of balance with the extension.

You are best to perhaps choose a natural tip in this instance and create the smile line with the correct balance to your clients nails.

Colour tips/glitter tips

These tips are designed for the technician to give the customer a French look design, but with a twist on the normal white extension.

Unfortunately, replacements cannot be bought if the technician uses one particular size more commonly than the others, so the whole tip box is lost.

The second disadvantage to these tips, is that you are unable to remove shine from these tips, which isn't proper preparation to applying product over the top, and your product will separate from these tips in a matter of 2 days.


Each of these style of tips usually come in 3 different choices.

Full well tip

Half well tip

No well tip


Full well tip

The full well tip will provide the technician with the most retention to the nail plate.

This tip will be glued to the nail and stretch further back to the cuticle zone than other tips.

When product is applied the weight of this over the free edge extension, is alleviate by the balance of the amount of contact the well has in relation to the nail plate.

Half well tips

These tips are the most popular choice by nail technicians. The well is almost half the size of the full contact well tip. The advantage of this is a thinner appearance, as well as a smaller contact area for the technician to blend onto the nail plate if that is to be their desired look.


No well tip

These tips have no contact area build within them and allow the technician to expertly glue them onto the very edge of the clients natural nail.

The advantage of this is there is no well area to be blended onto the nail saving the technician time, and alleviating more trauma to the nail plate.

These tips are inappropriate for nail biters, and contact with their natural nail would be virtually impossible.


So as you can see there are various choices in tips, allowing the technician to make the most appropriate choice for the job which the client presents.

Normally several tips are acquired by the technician allowing the choice to be more appropriate.

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