10 Simple Steps to Perfect Acrylics at Home

If you’re like me and you miss always having your nails done during lockdown, this post is for you. I will teach you how to get your perfect, nails at home, in 10 simple steps. The list of what you need may feel like a lot but most of the items will be multiple use!

What you will Need:

  1. Acrylic Tips – https://amzn.to/3g0jqBf
  2. Acrylic Nail Liquid Monomer – https://amzn.to/2Tn4seC
  3. Acrylic Powder – https://amzn.to/2zbWApy
  4. Acrylic Brush – https://amzn.to/3dZbqhR
  5. False Nail Clipper – https://amzn.to/3e1jzm1
  6. Buffers and nail files (180 grit) – https://amzn.to/2X8tj76
  7. Normal nail clippers – https://amzn.to/3g676iz
  8. Nail or Gel polish (remember base & top coat) – https://amzn.to/2XcdgoP
  9. Nail Glue – https://amzn.to/3cO4S5x
  10. Small Glass – https://amzn.to/2TkranM

Optional Extras

  1. Gel Nail Polish Machine – https://amzn.to/2AK0RB5
  2. Electric Nail File (makes the process a bit quicker) – https://amzn.to/2zNuWzh

Step One

File down all of your nails until you can’t see them when you turn your hard around. Next file on top of your nails until they are no longer shiny (This allows the glue to stick better)

Step 2

After that find which acrylic tip best fits each of your nails (the acrylic tip needs to go just above half way on each of your nails). If none of the acrylic tips fit, get the closest size to your nail and gently file the bottom of the acrylic tips until it fits.

Step 3

Add a small blob of glue to the bottom of the acrylic tip and place just above half way on your nail.

Step 4

Once all of the acrylic tips have been stuck onto your nails, use the false nail clippers to cut your acrylic tips to the length you desire. ( When cutting remember to make them slightly longer so that there is still enough length to shape the nail).

Step 5

Next, using normal nail clippers cut a small amount diagonally from the bottom of the acrylic tip to create the coffin shape.

Step 6

After that, file the sides of the nail until smooth and your desired shape has been created.

Step 7

Now, file down where the acrylic tip meets the nail until there is no bump from real nail to acrylic tip.

Step 8

Pour a small amount of the monomer liquid into a glass. Fully submerge your nail brush into the liquid and brush one side against the glass. Next dip the wet brush into the acrylic powder. It may require a few practice runs to ensure the bead (what is made when the monomer liquid and acrylic powder are mixed together) is not too wet or dry. Start from the middle of the nail and brush towards the top of the nail, then work it around until the whole nail is the same thickness.

Step 9

Once the nail has dried (it may take up to 5 minutes) file your nails to remove any bumps or messy edges.

Step 10

After you have successfully made the shape of nail you like, you can now paint the nails the colours you desire!

I hope this was helpful, if you have a go yourself please tag me in your photos on twitter https://twitter.com/JournalGemini


18 thoughts on “10 Simple Steps to Perfect Acrylics at Home”

  1. These look so good I wouldn’t have believed you did them yourself. I’ve been dying to have my nails done in isolation so I will have too check these out x

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  2. Oh wow. This is such a great post! I have never tried doing acrylic nails at home before. But I would love to try to! Thanks for sharing all the steps!

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  3. With the lockdown, we might as well make the most out of it. I love that we can now do our nails at home! It’s not the same as the salon but still a great alternative. I love that acrylics are easy to apply. They look great as well! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me


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