Acrylic nails are a beautiful compliment to a manicured hand, and their colors and styles range widely. Standard, neatly polished acrylic nails are the go-to standard for a clean and fresh finished look. At the salon, their cost can be pricey, but with the right techniques, it is possible to master their application.
Remove nail polish, trim, and shape the nails properly to prevent infection. Then wash the hands with warm soapy water. Pat dry. Do not apply lotion, as this will prevent the acrylic from adhering properly.
Lay out your freshly cleaned instruments. For this process you will need: acrylic nail tips, nail glue, acrylic powder, acrylic liquid, acrylic brush, acrylic primer, nail trimmer, and either an electric nail shaper or a handheld buffer.
Find the nail tips that fit your individual fingers and gently apply them using a thin coat of nail glue. Press firmly on the tips for 10 seconds to adhere them. Don’t worry about trimming them down to size until you have all of them attached and can match them all up in size.
Apply a small amount of acrylic nail primer to the portion of the nail unattached to the nail tips. Carefully dip your nail brush into the acrylic liquid, making sure to let the excess leak back into the container. Next place your brush into the acrylic powder and tap off the excess. You will now apply the mixture to the nail, starting from the cuticle and pulling the mixture downward toward the end of the nail. This may take several attempts, but practice really does make perfect. You will want to work quickly to shape the nail with the brush and fill in any holes that may have occurred. After each nail is finished, dip the brush back in the liquid and apply a thin coat to the finished nail, just to smooth it out a bit.
Use your electric nail shaper or handheld buffer to shape the nails the way you like them. It is especially important to shape around the nail bed, making sure that the acrylic has not become attached to skin. This can rip the skin away if not trimmed, leading to an open cut that could cause infection.
Choose a nail polish color and work from the cuticle of the nail down to the tip, applying the color evenly. Clean up any mistakes made by using a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. Do not dip the whole nail in nail polish remover as this will damage all the beautiful work you just created with the acrylic mixture. Apply a clear coat and set to dry for fifteen minutes under a UV light. Presto, picture perfect acrylic nails without the salon!