How to Do Your Own Acrylic Nails at Home

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Use a nail file to shape your acrylic nails.
Use a nail file to shape your acrylic nails. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you are going to an event such as a wedding and want to add a little pizzazz to your nails, you might want to try acrylic nails. You can find nails in many colors and patterns, and put them on at home to add flair to any outfit. Acrylic nails can also help you stop biting your nails, as you won't want to ruin all your hard work or the beautiful color of the nails.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cuticle stick
  • Gel resin
  • Wraps accelerator
  • Nail tips
  • Nail glue
  • Nail file
  • Buffing block

Prep your nails by removing any existing polish with nail polish remover, washing your hands and pushing back your cuticles. Then take the nail file and lightly file the whole surface of each nail. This helps the acrylic stick.

Find the tip that fits over each nail and lay them out. Apply a drop of nail glue directly on the tip of your nail and press the nail tip on. Let dry according the instructions on the glue. Apply another drop on top of the nail tip to seal it onto your nail. Repeat for all nails. Trim to desired length.

Brush a thin layer of gel resin over your entire nail and spray a light mist of the accelerator on. This will dry instantly. Applying a thick layer of resin or too much accelerator will burn, so always make sure you are applying resin and accelerator in thin layers. Repeat this process until you get the thickness you want.

File the tips and buff the entire surface of each of your nails, then apply top coat or polish.

Tips & Warnings

  • These supplies can be bought at most beauty supply stores and drug stores.
  • If your nail comes out looking a little bumpy just file it smooth.
  • You are using chemicals so make sure you are in a well ventilated area or use a fan.

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