Acrylic nails enable you to attach false nails to your natural nails for a fashionable and long-lasting look. While many women prefer to get acrylic nails done at a beauty salon, it can be an expensive routine. You can save money by applying acrylic nails by yourself at home, at a fraction of the cost?! Here’s how

Supplies needed for applying acrylic nails

You might need different supplies based on the specific look you desire, but usually, you’ll need:

  • Acrylic nailbrush
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail glue
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail file
  • Nail primer
  • Acrylic nail tips
  • Liquid and powder acrylic
  • Cuticle oil to moisturize post application
  • Nail sander and buffer

You can even buy an acrylic nail application kit which contains all the supplies you will need. It saves you the hassle of looking for each item.

Step by step guide to applying acrylic nails

  • Remove old nail polish, sand the surface of your natural nails and file nails down to the tip of your finger. Apply cuticle remover, push back your cuticles and scrub dead cells away.
  • Apply a tiny drop of glue onto the appropriate sized nail up to the indicated indentation. Apply the artificial nail to the tip of your natural nail and press down firmly for about 10 seconds.
  • Cut the nail with a clipper to your desired length and file out the edges.
  • Take the primer and apply it to your natural nail (the area not covered by the fake nail).
  • Dip the acrylic nail brush into the acrylic nail liquid and then into the powder, picking up just a little. Spread this out evenly on your natural and fake nail. Make sure the liquid and powder mix is not too thick or runny. Avoid the cuticle area when spreading the acrylic mix onto your nail. Let your nail dry completely.
  • Next, buff the surface of your nail to make it shiny and smooth.
  • Apply cuticle oil onto your cuticles, wash and dry your nails thoroughly and end with a clear coat of nail polish on the entire nail. Voilà! Your magnificent DIY acrylic nails are ready!

Making money out of your newly acquired skill

Applying acrylic nails needs patience and practice. Try it out on yourself until you have perfected the art. Experiment with colours, patterns and designs. When you feel confident, start doing your friends’ nails at cheaper-than-salon rates to earn some extra cash! Word-of-mouth publicity might rake in more money than you think!

So there you go: a fun and affordable way of glamming up those nails while also earning some cash!

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