How to make acrylic nails
In nowadays, many young ladies would like to do acrylic nails at home, but some of them do not know how to make acrylic nails. As a very professional manufacturer of powder in this industry for more than 16 years, Susansay Gel Nail Polish has very comprehensive experience on how to make acrylic nails. We have cooperated with thousands of customers in the world. In this blog, we share the knowledge to the reader.
Prepare the supplies for acrylic nails
To do acrylic nails you might need the following items:
Acid-free nail primer
Acrylic powder (can be purchased in a variety of colors. View some of our favorite acrylic nail powders here)
Mixing bowl or cup for acrylic nails supplies (not plastic)
Nail brush (for applying the acrylic product)
Acetone for cleaning your supplies (and your skin and nails)
Nail file or buffers to shape, smooth and finish your acrylic nails
Top coat polish
Optional Products for Acrylic Nails Supplies
Tools For Acrylic Nails
Now that you know what supplies are needed for acrylic nails, let’s take a look at the tools required. You will need the following tools for acrylic nails:
Nail drill (optional)
Tip Cutters (if using a nail tip this is super convenient to have)
Nail Scissors (for cutting tips to size if you don’t have tip cutters)
Acid-free nail primer:
Getting Your Nails Ready
Remove the old nail polish, clean the original nail
Acrylic should be applied to clean nails, so remove your old polish before getting started. Use an acetone-based to clean it. If you have old acrylic nails or gels to remove, soak them in pure acetone to remove them. Do NOT peel them off; soak them until it can be pushed away with ease. Peeling it off will damage your own nail, making it a lot thinner.
Trim your natural nails to a short, even, manageable length to get a good base for the acrylic. A few millimeters are good to have so you can glue the tips at the end where your natural smile line is. Use a nail file to even them out.
Use a soft nail file to make the surface of your nails slightly rougher and less shiny. This provides a better surface for the acrylic to stick to
You want the acrylic to be adhered to your natural nails, not your skin. Push back your cuticles or trim them to keep them out of the way while you give yourself a manicure.
Use the nail primer. This removes the remaining moisture and oils from your nails to get them ready for the acrylic. This step is one of the most important for best adhesion. If oil remains on your nails, the acrylic won’t stick.
Do the Acrylic
Apply the tips. Find the right size tips for your nail. If the tip doesn’t fit your nail perfectly, file it down to size. Place a dab of glue on the tip from side to side and apply it to your natural nail so that the bottom edge of the acrylic tip is centered halfway down the surface of your nail. Hold it in place to allow the glue to dry. Do that on all 10 nails, then cut the nails to preferred length.
Get the acrylic materials ready. Pour the monomer into the glass cup, and pour some powder into a separate dish. Monomer is a strong chemical make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated area.
Load the acrylic brush with monomer. Push it all the way down and make sure all the bubbles go away. Then brush it against the side of the bowl to remove excess liquid. Run the brush through the acrylic powder so that a small, moist ball collects on the end of the brush.
Apply the acrylic mixture to your nails. Start at the “smile line” – the bottom edge of the acrylic tip. Flatten the acrylic ball over the line and brush it down to the tip. Spread it quickly and smoothly so that the transition between your natural nail and the acrylic tip is smooth. Take a second ball of acrylic and place it near your cuticle, but not too close. With small circular movements, try to get the acrylic closer to the cuticle, without touching it, and then brush the acrylic down to make a smooth transition. Repeat the procedure with all ten nails.
Let the acrylic dry. It should only take about ten minutes before the acrylic is completely set. Test it by tapping the surface of your nail with the handle of your acrylic brush. If it makes a clicking sound, it’s ready for the next step.
Finishing the Nails
Shape the tips. Use a coarse nail file to shape the tips and file them to the length you want. Use a buffer to buff the surface of the nails, the higher grit file can take away the scratches from the lower grit file. Finish with different grit for the extra shine. With the 4000 it can be as shiny as a top coat if done correctly
Paint your nails. You can use a coat of clear polish or choose to paint them with colored nail polish. Apply the polish to the entire nail to create a smooth, even surface.
Maintain your acrylic nails. Remember that the nails need good daily care, don’t use them like tools. After about two weeks, your nails have grown out. Choose to either reapply acrylic or remove the acrylic from your nails.
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