How I Do My Acrylic Nails At Home

I just love any excuse to work with my hands and get fully engrossed in little projects for myself that let me be creative and artistic. One of the things I like doing are my own acrylic nails at home! I get full creative freedom to make any design I want and it’s a great way to express myself. Plus, my bank account is so very thankful for all the money I save by not taking monthly trips to the nail salon. Keep in mind though, it takes practice to create flawless designs and know the perfect liquid-to-powder ratio- but you WILL get there in time. Just have fun with it and keep going. Next thing you know your friends will be asking for a seat at the nail salon in your living room!

If you want to get into this hobby and do your own acrylic nails at home, then follow these steps!

Acrylic Nail Kit: I suggest you get a beginner acrylic nails kit if you’re just starting out. There’s a variety of options online and it's an easy way to buy one thing with the basics of what you need.
Acrylic Powder
*Acrylic Liquid
Nail Primer
Nail Dehydrator
Nail Tips
Nail Glue
Nail Clipper
Nail Files
Cuticle Pusher
Dappen Dish
Acrylic Brush
Paper Towels

*Be sure the acrylic liquid does NOT contain MMA, instead look for EMA in the ingredients list. MMA (Methyl methacrylate) is a dental acrylic and is too hard for the natural nail.

Step 1: Prep Your Nails
-Trim your nails with the nail clipper to make them a short, manageable length and file them to even them out.
-Use the cuticle pusher to push back your cuticles. You can try soaking your nails in warm water for a few minutes so it’s easier to push them back while they're soft and wet.
-Lightly file the surface of your nails to get rid of any shine.
-Apply the nail dehydrator and primer, being careful not to get any on your skin.

Step 2: Nail Tips
-Pick out nail tips for each of your nails and be sure that they fit your nails snug. If they don't fit perfectly, it's better to use a bigger tip and file it down to size than using a smaller one. 
-Place a small amount of nail glue on the tips and apply them to each nail by pressing the tips down. Wait about 5-10 seconds while pressing down until the glue dries and be sure that all the tips are on securely.

Step 3: Acrylic
-Fill your dappen dish with acrylic liquid and wet your brush, but make sure it isn't dripping wet. Dip the brush in the acrylic powder and create a small ball that is not too runny or too dry. Finding the right liquid to powder ratio can be tricky and may take some practice. 
-Place the ball of acrylic on your nail bed, near the cuticle but not touching it. Flatten out the ball with the brush and quickly spread and smooth it over the nail. Repeat this process until you’ve built a full nail, making sure to wipe your brush on your paper towel after every stroke to avoid ruining your brush.
-You’ll know the acrylic is fully dry when you tap it with the end of your brush and it makes a high pitched, “clinking” sound.
-Use a coarse nail file and buffer to shape and file each nail to your liking. Get rid of any bumps and scratches, and take your time to ensure the nails are smooth and even.

Step 4: Decorate
-Now you can get creative! Create any nail polish design of your choosing and don’t hold back. Glitter, dotting tools, stripe tape, brushes, rhinestones..there are a number of ways you can create beautiful designs. The possibilities are infinite and there are so many affordable nail design tools available that you can use to create the perfect look for you!

Acrylic nails get easier the more you do them and they’re so much fun to do on your own. 
What type of acrylic nail design do you want to try at home?

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