Acrylic Nail TutorialThursday, December 10, 2009
I'm going to show you how I do my acrylic nails. I am not a professional and I am not saying this is the right way, it is just my way. I have been doing my own for about 4+ years and I have learned by trial-and-error.
Note that if you have acrylic nails regularly and keep them on a long time, they will mess up your nails. They make them weaker. But if you don't have them that often and your nails are hard then they should be fine. Mine are pretty thin from years of nails, but as long as you take breaks from them and keep them clean, its fine! If your nails are super super thin and parts of your skin are showing or irritated do not do acrylic nails, it is harmful if it gets on irritated skin. But the most important thing to keep your nails healthy with acrylic nails is to remove them properly. DO NOT rip and pull them off! SOAK them off the correct way with pure acetone. And DO NOT bite them! If you rip them off your real nail will come off with it, and it hurts!
Here's the stuff you'll need:
- Bonding acrylic powder
- Bonding acrylic liquid
- Nail glue
- Buffer block
- Electric sander (optional but recommended)
- Nail File (at least 100 grit)
- Acrylic nail brushes (whatever size works for you)
- Cuticle Oil
- Nail clippers
- Paper towels
- Nail liquid and powder containers
So the first thing you are going to do is prep your nails. Cut them to a decent length, long enough to glue the tips on but short enough that if you break a nail it will not hurt. Do not cut them so short that your skin is bulging over your nail. The glue and tips won't stick if there is skin in the way.
Push your cuticles down and scrape off any skin that is stuck to your nail. You can use cuticle remover for this is you want.
Then using a buffer block, buff the natural shine off your nails. Be careful not to file too much or you will make your nails thinner.