How to Apply Acrylic Nails like a Pro
Applying acrylic nails like a pro is a skill that takes time to learn and perfect. With the right technique and products, you can create beautiful and durable acrylic nails for yourself or for your clients. This step-by-step guide will take you through everything you need to know to apply acrylic nails like a pro, from sanitizing and prepping nails, to applying the acrylic and finishing off with a gorgeous nail design.
Step 1: Gather Supplies and Sanitize
Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary supplies and tools. This includes an acrylic nail kit, nail prep and primer, a brush, acrylic powder, liquid monomer, liquid dip, buffer, file, and nail decorations like rhinestones and glitter. Then, it’s time to prepare and sanitize your workspace. Clean all your tools with a disinfectant solution and ensure that your hands and the nails you’re working on are clean.
Step 2: Prep the Nail Bed
For flawless acrylic nails, you need to make sure the nails are properly prepped. Begin by pushing back the cuticles and removing any old nail polish with nail polish remover. Then, shape the nails with a file and buff the surface to create a smooth surface for the acrylic to adhere to. Apply a thin layer of nail prep and primer to each nail.
Step 3: Create the Acrylic Nail
Now it’s time to create the acrylic nail. Start by dipping the brush into the liquid monomer and then into the acrylic powder. This will create a thick paste. Apply the paste to the nail and shape it as desired. You can also use other design techniques to create unique shapes and patterns. Once you’re done, dip your nail into a liquid dip solution to cure.
Step 4: Refine and Smooth Edge
Once the acrylic nail has cured, use a buffer to refine the edges of the nail and make sure there are no rough parts. This will create a smooth and professional finish for the nail.
Step 5: Decorate and Enhance
Finally, you can add some decorative touches to give a unique and stylish look. You can add rhinestones, glitter, and other decorations to the nails to make them stand out. You can also use a range of nail polishes to enhance and match the design.
Step 6: Seal the Manicure with a Top Coat
To make sure your gorgeous acrylic nails last, be sure to apply a top coat of nail polish or a glossy top coat for a professional finish. This will help lock in the design and protect the nails from chipping or peeling.
Step 7: Clean Up and Show Off!
To finish off the manicure, remove any excess nail polish and acrylic with a lint-free cloth.