Serena Williams once said, “No one likes getting their nails done more than I do.” Plenty of women the world over share this sentiment.

Fashionable nails have been all the rage lately. Gone are the days when a popping shade of nail polish was the only accessory to jazz up your nails. Nowadays, people are going big, and nail extensions are becoming exceedingly popular.


Acrylic nails are a type of artificial nail extensions applied on top of your natural nails. They are sturdy, durable and typically long. Acrylic nails are perfect for people who want the look of long nails but have trouble growing out their own nails or have weak nails that break easily.


Acrylic nails help mask excessively short and unpleasant looking nails. They also conceal and protect brittle, broken and damaged nails.

Beside these practical benefits, they are stunning to look at. They embellish the hands, make the fingers appear longer and give them a gorgeous appearance. They come in a standard, long size and can be trimmed and shaped according to your preference.


Acrylic nail supplies are readily available at any drugstore or beauty supply store. You can also purchase them online. With the right shade of nail polish, a little nail art and a few hand accessories, acrylic nails accentuate not just your hands but also your overall appearance.

Going to the salon to get your acrylic nails done is an option, albeit a costly and time-consuming one. You can save your time and money as well as get creative and experiment with different designs by applying acrylic nails on your own in the comfort of your home.

Things you’ll need:


  • Nail file
  • Nail cutter or clipper
  • Acrylic nails
  • Acrylic nail glue
  • Primer pen (optional)
  • Nail forms
  • Monomer liquid
  • Acrylic nail powder
  • Small glass bowl
  • Brush
  • Toothpick
  • Top coat
  • Nail polish (optional)


Step 1. Remove any old nail polish

remove old nail polish

Start by removing any nail polish you are wearing on your natural nails using a nail file or nail polish remover.


Step 2. Trim, file, buff

trim, file and buff

Trim your natural nails to a comfortable length using a nail clipper. Make sure you do not cut them too short.

Next, file your nails and even out the erratic free edges at the tips.

With the same file, buff or swipe the surface of your nails using gentle strokes. This will help rid the natural nails of their shine and polish, allowing the acrylic nails to stick to them more easily.


Make sure your strokes are even and light, as an aggressive, abrasive action against the natural nails can damage them. Focus more on buffing the cuticle area.

Alternatively, you can use a four-sided buffer block instead of a file.

Step 3. Determine the size and fit of the acrylic nail tip

determine the size

Choose a nail tip from your acrylic nail set that matches the width and shape of your natural nails.

Your acrylic nails may have a translucent marking on the lower end of the inverted side of the nail. The correct way of applying the acrylic nail is by placing the marking point at the beginning of your natural nail.

When the marking point meets the tip of your natural nail, the acrylic nail will adjust itself onto your natural nail accordingly.


Step 4. Trim the bottom of the acrylic nail

trim the bottom of acrylic nails

After you’ve adjusted your acrylic nail on top of your natural nail according to the marking, make sure that the base of your acrylic nail does not extend beyond the middle of your natural nail.

If the base of your acrylic nail does extend beyond the middle of your natural nail, file the base of your acrylic nail and bring it to the middle of your natural nail.

Step 5. Apply the acrylic nails with glue

apply the acrylic nails with glue

Apply glue on the bottom area of the acrylic nail.

Typically, the translucent marking point on the inverted side of the acrylic nails is the only area that is going to stick to your natural nails. Use that marking as a guide for where to put the glue. Once you apply the glue, stick the acrylic nail immediately to prevent the glue from drying.

Next, hold the acrylic nail with the index finger and thumb of your other hand, and apply gentle pressure for 10 seconds on the area where the acrylic nail extends beyond your natural nail. This will help the nail stay firmly in place while the glue is still wet, and allow it to stick faster and better.

Make sure you do not touch the area where your acrylic nail meets your natural nail to prevent your fingers from getting sticky and moving the still-wet nail out of place.

Repeat these steps until you have done all 10 nails.

Step 6. Cut the nails

cut the nails

Next, carefully cut the acrylic nails with a nail cutter according to your preferred size and shape.

You may use a small, household nail clipper for this purpose.

Step 7. File the base and tips of the acrylic nails

file the base abd tip of the acrylic


At this point, the acrylic nail will be slightly raised in appearance. The point where the artificial nails end and the natural nails begins will be quite conspicuous, and the transition will be completely visible.

Starting with the first acrylic nail, file the base of the nail to bring it to the level of your natural nail.

Next, file the tip of your acrylic nail to eliminate any uneven edges.

You can now see the difference between the acrylic nail that has been filed and the remaining nails that still require filing. The filed acrylic nail merges with the natural nail and no longer has an obvious artificial appearance.

Repeat the process on all the acrylic nails.

This is what they should look like after all the nails are done.



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