Do Your Own | Acrylic Nails

Guide on how to do acrylic nails by yourself Alternatively known as the artificial nails or nail extensions, acrylic nails are basically synthetic coatings applied on fingernails to give the look and feel of real nails. In most cases they're used as fashion accessories to add more beauty and glamor according to the customization techniques used to go along with personal tastes and so forth. It is crucial for any woman to know how to do acrylic nails and also apply them on her own to meet the need of enhancing beauty. Besides it costs less, rather than going to a nail technician to do it for you every time you require such. Just like in any normal procedure, you will require some items of operation or tools because this is a delicate operation.


To learn how to do acrylic nails, you will need; your choice of artificial nail tips, high quality nail glue, a non acetone nail polish remover since the acrylic overlay and the artificial nail tips will be destroyed by the acetone removers. You will also need powdered acrylic, Note that due to ultra violet light exposure and age, cheaper powders turn yellowish as a result which isn't a good thing. So a good recommendation would be an ultra natural powder because it does not give out the yellowing color due to UV light or sunlight. A primerless liquid acrylic must come in handy, a dampen dish for holding the acrylic when applying it, nail brush, cotton balls, nail polish remover, absorbent paper towels, nail oil, acrylic brush and a fast drying top coat. With all these ingredients you're all set in finding out how to do acrylic nails on your own. Now you need to observe the various steps involved to achieve the best results, do follow them as guided.

Application Procedure

First you need the nail polish remover before you apply the acrylic overlay to nails. Ensure that the substance is a non acetone for the nails containing acrylic overlay. It is highly recommended to roughen up your natural nails up to the base of the skin using a filing block to prevent you from hurting yourself in the event of a tip splitting off on its own. Later on when you're done you can rub it off with a dry towel.

For the artificial nail tip, go for those that perfectly fit your nail bed without strains, among the varieties available. Realize that as you learn how to do acrylic nails yourself, everything will be easy and straight forward so pay attention to such small details.

In order to apply the glue on your nail, use the tip to drop the glue on the nail edge mark and do not go be below that point. If any case, just tip it on the mark and up on the nail. If you make a mess out of it, be sure to move fast with a dampen towel and get rid of it.

The next thing is to check the length of the new nails that you have put in place, you do this by using the artificial nail tip cutter to the size of your comfort. Since nail cutting tools vary, if you're using toe nail clippers, the best angle to begin with is from the one side cutting to the middle then cut starting from the other corner right to the middle but never cut across the whole nail. This might seem like a lot of work but once you understand how to do acrylic nails, there are no measurements to consider such as being worried about messing things. The first time you do it, it gets synchronized with your mind.

Finishing Touches

Take a file and shape the nails to your desired sizes and note that you'll still file again after the acrylic has fully dried off. Now you need to pour the acrylic liquid right into the dampen dish, placed on top of a paper towel. Open the acrylic powder container, and dip the brush into the liquid wiping both sides with the paper towel. Immerse the small tip of the brush into the powder forming a moist ball that is neither wet nor dry. Don't worry because it doesn't take long to know how to do acrylic nails if you're truly into it. On the seam of your natural nail and the nail tip, apply the ball right there. Work on smoothing it and do not flatten the stuff. Repeat the procedure and make sure that you don't get the substance around the area within the cuticle. As part of learning how to do acrylic nails, the art of application and precision comes into play. If you are not accurate or are easily distracted you could mess up things, so you need to be observant as well.

Tips On Using Acrylic Nails

To create the build up (A small mound for replicating a curve of a real nail) apply the tip coating to the tip as well as the free edge.

Normally, acrylic takes about ten minutes to dry so you can take a medium nail file to trim off and smooth off areas near the cuticle giving them a round shape.

To smooth out discrepancies and get rid of any bumpy features, always use a filing block. It ensures neatness and comfort.

Use warm water with soap to scrub and clean your nails thoroughly, a nail brush will do even better.

To protect your polish use fast drying topcoat, it will also enhance and make your nails shine and look more beautiful.

Finally, after exposing your cuticles to such strong chemical substances, apply nail oil to condition and moisturize them. Make sure that you do so every one to two weeks. The most important thing in understanding how to do acrylic nails is first realizing the basics as to why everything has to be applied this manner so that you don't skip a step.