How to Do Acrylic Nails at Home

How to Do Acrylic Nails at Home

How to Do Acrylic Nails at Home Are you among those women who yearn for long, flawless, almond, or square-shaped nails but can’t grow their nails? If yes, then Acrylic Nails are indeed for you.

Some people are gifted naturally with healthy, perfect shaped nails, but those who don’t need not worry because acrylic nails have you covered.

Acrylic nails come with some pros and cons. Getting acrylic nails done are expensive, and they can damage your nails too done the wrong way, an erroneous formula had been used or removed improperly.

Don’t worry. We will tell you a step by step guide to do acrylic nails at home and some tips and tricks that will give your acrylic nails a look like those done in a salon. Fortunately, it’s a skill worth following and not difficult at all to understand. Also, you will get the most comforting ASMR experience ever.

All you need are few essential acrylic nail supplies and, yes, some patience too.

Let’s begin!

How to Do Acrylic Nails at Home

Step1. Buy Nail Kit or Separate Supplies

Consider buying an acrylic nail kit from a drugstore if you are a newbie. You can also purchase the supplies separately as well if you are familiar with the steps involved. Buying a kit is the right decision because it comes with all the supplies and instructions which makes it possible for you to get the job done.

Pro Tip:  read the ingredients on the backside of Acrylic Kit and ensure that it doesn’t have MMA (Methyl methacrylate), a dental acrylic, and very baleful to the nail bed.

Try buying the acrylic supplies that have EMA (Ethyl Methacrylate).

You can also buy the material separately if you have become familiar with the process. Buying separate supplies has its pluses as you can easily find acrylic tips that compliment your natural nail shape.

Buy the following products if you are planning to buy the acrylic nail arsenal separately;

  1. Nail clippers
  2. Semi-coarse nail file
  3. Acrylic nail tips
  4. Nail tip adhesive
  5. Acrylic nail dehydrator
  6. Acrylic nail primer
  7. Acrylic liquid monomer
  8. Acrylic powder
  9. Acrylic brush and bowl

Step2: Remove any old Nail polish.

Prep your nails thoroughly to get the flawless acrylic look. Remove old nail polish by using a nail polish remover. If you have gel nail polish or Acrylic before, soak your nails in a pure acetone solution. Doing so will push the gel or Acrylic off your nails quickly.

Pro Tip: do not peel old acrylic nails or gel nail polish; it will damage your nail bed badly and will make the nails thinner.

Step3: Trim your nails.

Trimming nails will provide a good base for acrylics to fit appropriately. Cut your nails with a nail clipper or a scissor to a short yet manageable length. Don’t forget to file your nails right after trimming to even them.

Step 4: Buff your nails.

Make the surface of your nails less shiner and moderately rough with the help of a buffer. Buffing will provide an excellent grip for the Acrylic.

Step 5: Push back the cuticles

This step is somehow risky and needs a little patience and expertise. Push back your cuticles softly, don’t become too harsh on them. Don’t skip it just because you are unaware of it.  Pushing cuticles back is very crucial because the acrylics aren’t meant to adhere to the skin.

Pro Tip; to avoid injury and infection, soak your nails in warm water. This will make the cuticles soft, and you will push them back with your thumbnails. Use a wooden cuticle pusher.

Step 6: Apply the nail primer.

The most vital stage of the process is priming your nails. Primer makes adhesion easier for the acrylic tips by removing excess oil and moisture from the nail’s surface.

Pro Tip: be very careful while priming your nails because nail primers are made with acids that can burn your skin. Rub your nails with a dry cotton ball after primer application.

Step7: Apply Acrylic Tips.

The acrylic tip comes in a variety of lengths, widths, and shapes. It would not be easy to get the exact acrylic tips like your natural nail shape. You don’t need to struggle in finding tips that match your nail shapes. If the nail tip doesn’t match your natural shape, you can file it according to the desirable one.

Once you are done with the tips’ shape and size, get the nail glue and put it on the acrylic tip so that the bottom edge of the tip is fixed halfway down the nails’ surface. Put pressure on your nails for about 5-10 seconds. Apply the other acrylic nail tips the same way.

Step 8: Make the acrylic material.

Take a dish and pour the acrylic powder. Use a separate container to put acrylic liquid in it.

Pro tip: Ensure that the area you are sitting in is ventilated enough. Acrylic is a strong chemical that produces fumes.

Step 9: Spread over the Acrylic material.

Take out your manicure brush and dip it in the acrylic liquid. Tap slightly on the side so that the meeting doesn’t saturate enough.

Now dip this brush again into the acrylic powder bowl. Run the brush from the cuticle and extend the acrylic mixture down to the tip’s edge. Remember the principle, ‘Less is More.

‘ If you have loads of Acrylic on your nails, you will have to file your nails at the end, which will be trouble. Try working with small beads in the beginning. Do the same process for remaining nailing.

Pro tip: Between each stroke, wipe off your brush on a paper towel to avoid clumps.

Step 10: Let your nails dry. 

It will take about 10 minutes for acrylic nails to set completely. Try to sit in a warmer space because acrylics are temperature sensitive, and warm areas dry it quickly.

Pro Tip: to know if you are done with this step, ultimately tap on the nail’s surface with the brush handle. If it produces a clicking sound, you have completed this step successfully.

Step 11: Final Retouching.

Lastly, file your nails if you still think they need a more defined shape. You can also paint your acrylic nails with lovely nail paint of your choice.

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