How Are Acrylic Nails Done?, Acrylic nails aren’t the new kids on the block. But they have been increasingly popular in recent years because these are relatively easy DIY jobs, although a professional application is recommended.
Take note that acrylic is a combination of a powder polymer and a liquid monomer. When combined, it becomes a paste that can be bonded to the natural nail with a clear base and a nail glue.
There are several steps in applying acrylic to natural nails, so read on! You should also consider getting your own Sandistore Home Acrylic Nail Set. You may need special clippers, too, such as the Dr. Nail Professional Acrylic Nail Clipper.
Getting Your Natural Nails Ready
- Remove old nail polish,
- if any, with an oil-free, acetone-based nail polish remover.
- Trim your nails with either nail clippers or nail scissors until they are of manageable length. Your nails should be short and even, as well as a few millimeters out from their so-called smile line.
- Remove the shine from your nails by buffing them. You can use a soft nail file on their surface until they are slightly rougher than usual.
- Soak your nails in warm water for 5 minutes to make them soft and wet.
- Push back your nail cuticles using a wooden cuticle pusher or a wooden popsicle stick.
- Apply the nail primer on your natural nails. (Use acid-free primers since these are safer on your skin)
These steps are necessary since the acrylic will not effectively stick to your natural nails otherwise.
Applying The Acrylic
If you are a newbie and we think you are because you’re reading this, you should ideally practice on a training hand.
- Place the tip, or the plastic base, on the edge of your natural nail. You should find tips that perfectly fit your nails, although large tips can be filed down to size.
- Place a dab of nail glue on the edge of the tip from side to side. Just a little will do, especially as glue beyond the tip can become messy. Don’t let the glue touch your skin, too.
- Place the tip on your natural nail. Check that the tip’s bottom edge is centered halfway down your natural nail’s surface.
- Press on the tip lightly for five minutes, which will allow the glue to dry completely.
- Cut the tip to the desired length.
You’re now ready to apply the acrylic paste. Be sure to work with the paste in a well-ventilated area as it emits strong fumes.
- Pour the liquid monomer into a small bowl.
- Pour the powder polymer into a separate dish.
- Dip the brush into the liquid monomer. Push all the way down so that the bubbles in the liquid can be removed. Tap the brush against the bowl’s side, which will remove the excess liquid monomer.
- Dip the same brush into the powder polymer. It should result in a small, moist, and pliable ball at the end of the brush. (You will likely experiment until the right ratio between these two substances can be achieved)
- Apply the acrylic mixture on the tip’s bottom edge, near the smile line.
- Gently flatten the acrylic over the smile line and slowly brush it down to the tip. The transition from your natural nail to the acrylic tip should be smooth.
- Apply the second ball of the acrylic mixture near your natural nail cuticle. Brush the acrylic downwards to the smile line.
- Smoothen out the acrylic mixture.
Repeat these steps for the other nine nails. You should wait at least 10 minutes for all the acrylic nails to be completely dry. Afterward, you can use a buff to make the nails shiny and smooth before applying nail polish.