How to Acrylic 101

We heard your requests and have been working on this for a while now in secrecy with our sister brand, glamasita, but we now have an Acrylic nail kit on our site for you guys to start ordering.  All our powders are able to be used as acrylic or dip. Just now we are offering you guys a kit that includes acrylic monomer and everything else necessary to keep the ball rolling on your nail journey. 

Keep reading below to learn the best tips and tricks for working with Acrylic.  

Acrylic Nail Kit  

First things first you need to purchase an Acrylic Nail Kit and you can click here to be one step ahead. 


Thoroughly Prep Your Nails 

  • Remove Any Old Polish: Just as you would with any manicure, you must start by prepping your nails. First, remove any old nail polish/powder. Take the time to really soak it off so as to not cause unnecessary damage to your nail before applying acrylics (more on removing nail polish at home, here).

  • Push Your Cuticles Back (But Don't Cut Them): Next, gently push your cuticles back. If they won’t budge, try soaking your nails in warm water and try again. Once your nail polish/powder is fully removed and your cuticles are pushed back, trim your nails to just beyond the smile line (aka the end of your nail). You want your nails to be short since your acrylic tips will be attached to them and if you try to attach to long nails, your natural nail could snap off, causing your acrylic to as well.

  • Buff Your Nails: After clipping, file your nails so that they’re even and don’t have any snags. From there, buff each nail so that your acrylic tips will have something to grip on to.

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    Size & Apply Your Acrylic Nails Using Acrylic Nail Glue

    Once you’ve selected your acrylic tips, apply them one at a time with a dot of acrylic nail glue. You want the bottom edge of the acrylic tip to be centered about one-third of the way down your nail so that it will remain sturdy as your nails begin to grow out. Apply pressure to the nail for five to 10 seconds to ensure that it’s secure and move on to the next tip until all 10 are complete.


    Shape Your Newly-Adhered Acrylic Tips

     If you find that there’s a noticeable line where the tip is applied, you can buff it down to create a more even surface.


    Apply our Dehydrating Nail Primer ( bond) 

     This will help your acrylic mixture better adhere to your nails and tips. Once the primer is dry, use a lint-free towel or pad to rub the surface of your nails, just as you would after priming for a gel manicure. (The only difference is that acrylic nails are cured by air whereas gels are cured by a UV light.)


    Coat Your Nails With the Acrylic Mixture

     Dip your acrylic brush into your bowl of monomer, tap some on the side so as to not over-saturate your brush, and dip into your clear powder. This process will create the perfect bead of acrylic—as opposed to a drippy or dry one—which you can then apply to the nail. Start near your cuticle, and extend the mixture all the way to the end of your acrylic tip. When applying, be sure to smooth out to the edges of your nails and wipe your brush off on a paper towel between each stroke so as to avoid clumps.

    Repeat this process on each nail to create a smooth base. Follow up with the same process using the acrylic powder color of your choice. If you want the look of a shiny topcoat, finish with a thin encapsulation layer of acrylic mixture. Keyword: Thin. You don’t want to add loads of bulk to your nail.


    Let Your Acrylic Dry

    Keep in mind that acrylic is temperature-sensitive. The warmer your room is, the faster your acrylic will set. That said, as you begin learning how to DIY your nails, it’s best to opt for a cooler space so you can perfect the acrylic before it dries. It should take around 10 minutes. The best way to tell if your acrylics are dry is to gently tap them. If they create a clicking sound, you’re good to go. 


    Finish Off With Some Final Shaping

    Now that your acrylic is applied and dried, it’s time to touch up the edges. Since you already cut your preferred shape, simply file along the edges and tip for a picture-perfect DIY acrylic nail look. Remember, under no circumstances whatsoever should you pull your acrylic nails off. Instead, use an e-file to remove the top layer of shine and topcoat. Next, wrap an acetone-soaked cotton pad over and around each nail and wrap with foil. Let them soak for 10 to 15 minutes, remove the foil and cotton, and use a cuticle pusher to gently remove the loosened acrylic.


    And there you go perfect acrylic nails done by you, yourself. If you have any questions head over to our Secret beauty circle our members will be more than happy to share the tips and tricks with you.