The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Acrylic Nails

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Acrylic Nails

 If you're new to acrylic nails and looking for guidance on how to get started, here's the ultimate beginner's guide to acrylic nails:

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Acrylic Nails
Understand What Acrylic Nails Are: 

Acrylic nails are artificial enhancements applied to natural nails to add length and strength. They're made from a mixture of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer that hardens when exposed to air.

Understand What Acrylic Nails Are

Gather Your Supplies: 

To get started with acrylic nails, you'll need a few essential supplies including acrylic powder, acrylic liquid (monomer), nail primer, acrylic brush, nail tips (if you're extending your nails), a nail file, buffer, and a dappen dish for holding the acrylic liquid.

Gather Your Supplies
Prepare Your Natural Nails: 

Start by removing any existing nail polish and gently pushing back your cuticles. Use a nail file to shape your nails and remove any shine from the surface, which will help the acrylic adhere better.

Apply Nail Tips (Optional): 

If you want to extend the length of your nails, apply nail tips to the edge of your natural nails using nail glue. Trim and shape the tips to your desired length.

Apply Primer: 

Apply a small amount of nail primer to your natural nails to dehydrate the surface and promote better adhesion of the acrylic.

Mix Acrylic Liquid and Powder: 

Dip your acrylic brush into the dappen dish containing acrylic liquid, then dip it into the acrylic powder to create a small bead of acrylic mixture on your brush.

Apply Acrylic to Nail Bed: 

Place the bead of acrylic mixture onto your nail bed near the cuticle area and gently spread it out using your brush, working from the cuticle to the tip of your nail. Use a gentle tapping motion to smooth out the acrylic and shape it as desired.

Shape and File: 

Once the acrylic has dried and hardened, use a nail file to shape and refine the nails to your desired length and shape. Be sure to smooth out any rough edges or uneven surfaces.

Buff and Polish: 

Use a buffer to smooth the surface of the acrylic nails and remove any imperfections. You can then apply your favorite nail polish or finish with a clear top coat for a glossy finish.


Acrylic nails typically require maintenance every 2-3 weeks to fill in the growth gap near the cuticle area and keep them looking fresh. You can visit a professional nail technician for maintenance or learn how to do it yourself with practice.


When you're ready to remove your acrylic nails, it's essential to do so carefully to avoid damaging your natural nails. You can soak them in acetone or use acrylic nail removal wraps to safely dissolve the acrylic.

Practice and Patience: 

Acrylic nails can take some practice to master, so don't be discouraged if your first attempt isn't perfect. With time and patience, you'll improve your technique and create beautiful acrylic nail designs.

Remember to prioritize nail health by giving your nails breaks in between acrylic applications and keeping them properly hydrated with cuticle oil. Enjoy the process of experimenting with different acrylic nail designs and techniques!