Hi, Sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you. Sculpture is an incredibly hard gel to master as it's not self levelling - ie where you put it it stays. This is why it is so lumpy when you put it on, your only answer to correct this is either practice, practice ,practice until you get the hang of it, or (and I know I shouldn't say this), but if you can't master it you will end up having to do a lot of filing at the end to get rid of your lumps and bumps. I find that when working with it, never have a "dry" brush - Brenda at LCN taught me and said that once you have rolled on your initial blob(yep that's a technical term) of gel then if you apply a very small blob(there it is again) of gel to your brush you will find it a lot easier to move the gel without creating ridges. The 3 component system is incredibly good as each phase is designed to do what it says on the tin. However ............... I never use it any more as it is so hard to use and is damned expensive. I have switched to the one component resin F pink which is half the price and I find it is all but near as damn it as good as sculpture. I would recommend seeing if you could go on half a day's training to use it - it is self levelling and so instead of leaving bumps it eases into place and smoothes out o its own. DON'T WHATEVER YOU DO GIVE UP. TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN. I have been doing nails for 4 years and still attend courses every 6 - 12 months. It may seem expensive but it's an investment that you will never regret. Speak to customer services - Kerry is brilliant so try and speak to her, go through your concerns and she will take you through the best course of action - take their advice, and keep in touch with them. PM me if you want any more advice, support. I wish you all the best, I would never move from LCN as their customer support is fab - in fact I may do the permanent makeup and I whaven't even bothered looking at another company as I know I will get first class training and back up.