How to Do Your Own Acrylic Nails at Home

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There are a lot of women that would want their nails to be longer than their actual natural sizes. Long nails are considered more attractive in the modern world of fashion. Due to this fact, the popularity of acrylic nails has been increasing rapidly since the recent past. Most people prefer getting their acrylic nails done at a salon but if you want to do your acrylic nails at home you could very well do that as well if you follow these steps. Certainly, doing your own acrylic nails is a process that must be followed properly, but overall, it is a good option to do your nails at home as it would save a lot of money and time.

Purchase a kit for acrylic nails

You might already be aware of the fact that in order to do this process at your home by yourself you will need a certain collection of things and it is recommended to buy the dedicated acrylic nail kit. That would contain all the necessary items that you would require to do it perfectly. One thing that you should keep in mind while purchasing an acrylic nails kit is that you do not want tips with MMA which is highly inflexible and tough which is not healthy for your nails.

Apart from the convenience of getting all the things, it is recommended to buy things separately if you are looking to save money. Also, if you stock up on full-size products then you can even touch up your acrylic nails after a week of the process without having to visit a salon for the same which would not be possible if you purchase the acrylic kit. Regardless, if you are trying to assemble all the things required separately you will need to get the following things in order to do this.

  • Acrylic brush and bowl for mixing
  • Acrylic powder
  • Acrylic liquid monomer
  • Acrylic nail primer
  • Acrylic nail dehydrator
  • Nail tip glue
  • Acrylic nail tips
  • Semi-coarse nail file
  • Nail clippers

Prepare your nails

As you are not in a salon anymore, apart from doing the process itself you have to do certain other things as well to prepare your nails for the process.

The main objective is to have your original nails short so that the acrylic tips would be attached to them and not snap off along with the acrylics.

Buff your nails: The final thing that you need to do to prepare your nails is to buff them until they are even and free of any snags.

Remove old nail polish: It is something that does not require any explanation as you must already be aware that before applying any items, it is necessary to remove any old polish from your nails. If you possess gels, it is recommended to take some time to completely get it off as otherwise, you are just causing the possibility of unnecessary damage to your nails before applying acrylic.

Push your cuticles back: Another thing that is very important to protect your nails for the acrylics is to gently push your cuticles back, but, keep in mind that you do not have to cut them in order to do so. If the cuticles are stubborn, you can soak your nails in warm water before trying again.

Use acrylic nail glue to apply and size your acrylic nails

As you are getting your own kit for the process, you will have different options regarding the acrylic tips length bits and sizes to choose from. Among the different options, you have to choose the best size that suits your tips.

After you have chosen them, it is time to apply them one by one using acrylic nail glue. To do this, you must apply the pressure on to the nails for at least 10 seconds to make sure that it is secure.

The acrylic nail glue could be visible just after applying it but keep in mind that you do not have to worry about its visibility just yet, as we will mention steps further where you could acknowledge that. The main objective here should be to attach the acrylic nails completely to your natural nails without breaking them off and making sure that you are not moving to the further steps without that.

Shape your new acrylic tips

The next step after securing all of your tips is to shape them as per your requirements using nail Clippers. Regarding any separate and noticeable line where the tape is attached, you can buff it down to create a more unnoticeable surface.

Apply a dehydrating nail primer

After applying your acrylic nails and fitting them, it is now time to bring the exact feel of a professional acrylic manicure. You have to begin by dehydrating your natural nails so that any remaining moisture is removed before priming the entire nails. This is a very special process as it makes sure that acrylic tips are not separately visible and noticeable as themselves.

This process is very important as this is a way in which your acrylic mixture will adhere to your tips and nails in a better way. 

Use the acrylic mixture to coat your nails

In order to make a perfect mixture that is suitable for this process, you have to dip your brush acrylic into a bowl of monomer while making sure that you do not over-saturate the brush and then dip that inside your clean powder which must be then applied to your nails.

You have to repeat the entire process on each nail so that there is a smooth base on them. You can also follow up on this process with the acrylic powder color of your liking. Regardless of all of the choices, the main point here is you must keep the bulk thin, as you do not want to add loads of bulk to your nail.

Let it dry

After you have done all the things mentioned above, it is time to relax and let your acrylic dry for some time. You must keep in mind that it is temperature sensitive that means the colder your room is the slower the acrylic nails will dry and vice versa. This process must be around 10 minutes long and by the end, you must be convinced that your acrylic nails are dry. 

A great way to tell if your acrylic nails are dry and ready for another step in this entire process is by tapping them gently and if you hear a clicking sound then they are dry and if not then you must wait for at least five more minutes.

Finishing off

After your acrylic nails are completely dried and applied, the final step is to touch up the edges. All you need to do during this process is to simply file along the edges and tip in order to get a perfect Salon like an acrylic nail look. It must be kept in mind that you must never pull your acrylic nails off instead you must use an API file to get rid of the uppermost layer of topcoat and shine. After that, you need to wrap and acetone soap cotton pad around and over every nail before wrapping them with foil.


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