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How to Fix Acrylic Nails

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Breaking a nail can be frustrating, especially if it is one of your acrylics. If you do not want to pay to have the nail fixed at the salon, then you can always do a home acrylic nail repair. The easiest way to do this is to buy a home acrylic nail kit. Then, you can use the kit to fix the broken nail and make it look like new again.

Steps

Part 1 Attaching and Shaping the Acrylic Nail

Image titled Fix Acrylic Nails Step 1 1 Get an at home acrylic nail kit. A home acrylic nail kit will have everything that you need to repair a broken acrylic. You can purchase a home acrylic nail kit or purchase the materials you will need individually. You will need:[1]
  • Brush on gel
  • Acrylic powder
  • Setting spray
  • Nails
  • Cuticle stick
  • Nail file
Image titled Fix Acrylic Nails Step 2 2 Read and follow the instructions for your kit. If you purchase a kit, then it is important to read and follow the instructions that are included with it. Make sure that you work in a well-ventilated area as well and follow any other safety precautions that are included with your product.[2] 3 Buff and file the broken nail. Use the buffing edge of a nail file or nail buffer to smooth out the top of the nail you want to repair. This will help to make the surface even for when you apply the new nail. Then, use the file to even out the end of the nail and smooth out any rough or jagged edges. Make sure that you brush away any dust from the nail after you finish buffing and filing.[3][4]
  • You can also trim the nail if it is really uneven or if it has a tear in it.
  • If the acrylic is still partly on, then you will need to remove it the rest of the way before you can buff and file the nail. If it is loose enough, then you might be able to just pull it off. If the nail is still attached, you can soak the nail in pure acetone to loosen it.[5] Try soaking a cotton ball in acetone and pressing it against the broken nail.
  • It is also best to apply acrylics to nails that are somewhat short, so you may need to trim down the natural nail if it is long.[6]
4 Choose a nail tip that fits your nail. Sort through the acrylic nail tips to find one that is similar to your natural nail. Try to choose a nail tip that fits well over your natural nail and that is not too wide or too narrow.[7]
  • Clear acrylic nail tips will look more natural than white tips.
5 Attach the nail tip with acrylic adhesive gel. Apply a line of acrylic brush-on gel to the inside of the nail tip. Only apply the gel to the area that fits over your natural nail. Then, place the nail tip over your natural nail and press it into place.[8]
  • Apply firm pressure for about five seconds to ensure that the nail tip is secured in place.[9]
6 Cut and file the nail. After the nail is secured, use scissors or nail clippers to trim it down to the same length as your other nails. Try to cut the nail straight across, but don’t worry if it is not perfectly even at the end.[10]
  • Next, file the nail into the same shape as your other nails.
  • Buff the top of the fake nail as well to make it more even with your natural nail.

Part 2 Using the Gel and Powder

1 Apply a coat of the brush-on gel. After you have filed the nail into the same shape as your other nails, apply a coat of the brush on gel over your natural nail and over the acrylic nail tip. This will help to keep the nail in place.[11]
  • You can apply the brush on gel just like a coat of nail polish. Start near the cuticle and brush the gel out towards the nail tip. Do this a few times to cover the whole nail.
2 Dip the nail in acrylic powder. While the acrylic gel is still wet, dip your nail into the acrylic powder. Make sure that you dip your entire nail into the powder. This powder will bond with the nail and harden it even more.[12]
  • It is okay if you get a little powder on your skin. You can just brush it off with your other fingers.
3 Use a cuticle stick to clean around the edges of the nail. After you have coated your entire nail in the acrylic powder, you will need to scrape away the excess gel and powder from the edges of your nail. Use the cuticle stick to clean around the edges of your nail.[13]
  • You can also smooth away some of the excess powder on the nail with your fingertip.
4 Repeat the gel and powder two to three times. To ensure that your acrylic will stay in place, you will need to repeat the process of applying gel and dipping the nail in powder two to three times. Make sure that you clean around the nail with the cuticle stick after each application of the powder.[14]
  • Two to three coats of gel and powder should be plenty. Too much gel and powder could cause the nail to seem unnaturally thick.

Part 3 Finishing the Nail Repair

1 Spray on the gel activator. To set the acrylic powder and gel, spray on two sprays of the gel activator. This will set the nail within a few seconds. After your use the spray on activator, the nail will be dry and hard.[15]
  • Spray the gel onto your whole nail, not just on the acrylic. Make sure that the spray covers all of the areas where you applied the gel and powder.
2 Shape the nail again. After your nail is set, you can begin filing and shaping it again. This will allow you to smooth away any rough edges caused by the acrylic gel and powder. Use a fine edged file to smooth you the edges of your nail.[16]
  • Make sure that you buff the top of the nail where the acrylic tip meets with your natural nail. There will be a slight ridge, so buffing the nail is important to ensure that the nail looks natural.
3 Paint the nail. After you finish filing and buffing the nail, apply the nail polish of your choice to complete the repair. Choose a nail polish in the same color as the rest of your nails and apply two to three coats for even coverage.[17]
  • Allow the nail polish to dry completely before you touch anything.

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  • Question I did my own acrylic nails at home with the stuff that you can buy from the store and they are not clear and shimmery, how can I fix that? Community Answer Some good advice would be to put it in nail polish removal that has gelatin in it. This is because this will make the nail translucent (clear). Along with that, put the nail in honey or anything of that consistency. Let them completely dry. When done drying it will be clear and shimmery/shiny, but also be used as a clear base coat which makes the colored nail polish you put over it last longer. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1
  • Question How do I finish my nail after filing? Community Answer Wash your hands to remove dust. Then paint your nails with a base coat, color, and a top coat, letting each coat dry thoroughly before moving to the next step. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0
  • Question What's the difference between gel nails and acrylic nails? Community Answer With gel nails, you only paint your nails with a special nail polish and top coat. Manicurists also put your nails under a UV or LED light. Acrylic nails like fake nail polish, but they put a Play-dough like texture mix on your nails so the fake nails stay on for months. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0
  • Question I can't pick up things with fake nails. How can I get more comfortable with it? Community Answer You can start with shorter nails, then gradually work your way up to your desired length. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 0
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Things You’ll Need

  • A home acrylic nail kit
  • Nail files and buffing pads
  • Nail scissors or clippers
  • Nail polish

References

^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/acrylic-nails/faq-20057849 ^ http://www.bmnedirect.com.au/applying-acrylic-nails-easy-steps-ezp-16.html ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ http://www.allure.com/story/acrylic-nails-removal ^ http://www.hooked-on-nails.com/artificialnails.html ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ http://www.hooked-on-nails.com/artificialnails.html ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRnuMAeqG8 Videos provided by LeSassafras Show more... (9)
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How to Do Acrylic Nails

How to Do Acrylic Nails

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Doing nails at home can be done with practice. Read about the risks that goes with the work, both educated, and especially uneducated before you start. If you're careful and don't go too quickly you can be as good as anyone else. All you need are a few supplies from the drugstore and little bit of patience.

Steps

Part 1 Buying Acrylic Nail Supplies

Image titled Do Acrylic Nails Step 1 1 Consider an acrylic nail kit. If this is your first time doing your own acrylic nails, you may want to start with a kit. Kits contain everything you need to get started and come with detailed instructions to help you achieve the look you want. Make sure you read the ingredients so the monomer does NOT contain MMA. MMA (Methyl methacrylate) is a dental acrylic and is too hard for the natural nail.[1] Look for EMA - Ethyl Methacrylate, that is what you want on your nails. Look for brands professional uses or google for something a lot of people recommend. Image titled Do Acrylic Nails Step 2 2 Decide to buy the supplies separately. For greater control over the appearance of your acrylics, you may want to buy the supplies separately. This way you'll also be prepared when it's time to reapply acrylic after your nails grow out. Go to a beauty supply store and buy the following supplies:
  • Acrylic nail tips and nail tip glue. The tips are usually quite long, which allows you to trim and file them down to the shape and size you want.
  • Acrylic nail clippers and files. Regular clippers and files aren't as effective on acrylic nails.180, 240, 1000 & 4000 grit should be enough. You might need an even coarser file than the 180 grit if the end result is very clumpy.
  • Acrylic liquid and acrylic powder. These substances are mixed together to create acrylic nails. As said before, stay away from MMA monomers, go for the EMA (always read what ingredients is used!).
  • Acrylic bowl and acrylic brush. You need these supplies to mix up the acrylic and apply it. Somewhere between size #8-12 might be a good choice.
  • Training fingers or a training hand. I know you are very eager to do your first nails on your own hands - or on someone else. But before that you should, and probably need, to practice on something that won't harm you or anyone else. Remember these are strong chemicals which may cause allergies if you aren't careful. Do your first (at least) 10 tries on a training finger or hand. When you are good enough so the material does not go outside of the practice nail, do a few more and then you can start to think about doing it on a real hand. Allergies are for life, if you are unsure, don't do it on anyone else than on yourself.

Part 2 Getting Your Nails Ready

1 Remove old nail polish. Acrylic should be applied to clean nails, so remove your old polish before getting started.[2] Use an acetone-based, oil-free nail polish remover to take it off. If you have old acrylic nails or gels to remove, soak them in pure acetone to remove them. Do NOT peel them off; soak them until it can be pushed away with ease. Peeling it off will damage your own nail, making it a lot thinner. Image titled Do Acrylic Nails Step 4 2 Trim your nails. To provide a good base for the acrylic, use a nail scissors or nail clippers to trim your natural nails to a short, even, manageable length. A few millimeters is good to have so you can glue the tips at the end where your natural smile line is. Use a nail file to even them out. 3 Buff the surface of your nails. Use a soft nail file to make the surface of your nails slightly rougher and less shiny. This provides a better surface for the acrylic to stick to.[3] 4 Push back your cuticles. You want the acrylic to be adhered to your natural nails, not your skin. Push back your cuticles or trim them to keep them out of the way while you give yourself a manicure.
  • Use a wooden cuticle pusher to push back your cuticles. Metal pushers can be used, but wooden are better for your nails. If you don't have a cuticle pusher, a wooden popsicle stick can be substituted.
  • It's easier to push back cuticles when they're soft and wet, rather than dry. Soak your fingers in warm water for a few minutes before using the cuticle pusher, and preferable work on them days before so they are extra fine for your treatment.
Image titled Do Acrylic Nails Step 7 5 Use the nail primer. This removes the remaining moisture and oils from your nails to get them ready for the acrylic. This step is one of the most important for best adhesion. If oil remains on your nails, the acrylic won't stick.
  • Use a cotton ball or preferably a lint-free paper towel to carefully rub the surface of your nails with acetone.
  • Nail primer with acid is made with an methacrylic acid, which can burn. Be careful not to use too much or get it on your skin. There are acid-free primers if you are unsure of the acid ones.

Part 3 Applying the Acrylic

1 Apply the tips. Find the right size tips for your nail. If the tip doesn't fit your nail perfectly, file it down to size. A little too small can sometimes look better than a little too big. Place a dab of glue on the tip from side to side and apply it to your natural nail so that the bottom edge of the acrylic tip is centered halfway down the surface of your nail. Hold it in place for five seconds to allow the glue to dry.[4] Do that on all 10 nails, then cut the nails to preferred length.
  • If you accidentally apply the nail tip crooked, soak it in water for a few minutes to remove it, they dry your nail and reapply the nail tip.
  • Use only a small amount of glue, so that it does not touch your skin.
2 Get the acrylic materials ready. Pour the liquid acrylic into the acrylic dish, and pour some powder into a separate dish. Acrylic is a strong chemical that produces fumes that can be toxic, so make sure you're working in a well-ventilated area.[5] 3 Load the acrylic brush with acrylic. Dip the brush into the acrylic dish. Push it all the way down and make sure all the bubbles goes away. Then brush it against the side of the bowl to remove excess liquid. Run the brush through the acrylic powder so that a small, moist ball collects on the end of the brush.
  • You may have to practice a few times to achieve the correct ratio of liquid to powdered acrylic. The small ball of acrylic mixture should be moist and spreadable, but not too wet. The acrylic should stray on the brush, not drip off of the brush.
  • Have paper towels handy in case you need to brush off extra moisture and to wipe the brush between strokes so the acrylic doesn't stick to the brush.
4 Apply the acrylic mixture to your nails. Start at the "smile line," the bottom edge of the acrylic tip. Flatten the acrylic ball over the line and brush it down to the tip. Spread it quickly and smoothly so that the transition between your natural nail and the acrylic tip is smooth. Take a second ball of acrylic and place it near your cuticle, but not too close. With small circular movements, try to get the acrylic closer to the cuticle, without touching it, and then brush the acrylic down to make a smooth transition. Repeat the procedure with all ten nails.
  • Remember to wipe your brush on a paper towel between every stroke. When you get a hang of it you won't need to do it as often. This is so the acrylic won't stick to your brush. If i'ts still on the brush you could dip the brush in the liquid while the acrylic is still wet on the brush, and then wipe it off again.
  • To avoid lumps in the acrylic, be sure to use small single strokes in the same direction
  • Less is more! If you have too much acrylic on the nails you'll have to file for what feels like an eternity. Working with small beads is easier in the beginning.
  • If you apply the acrylic correctly, there should be a gentle curve, rather than a harsh line, where the acrylic tip meets your natural nail. You may need to use more than one ball of acrylic per nail to achieve this.
  • Don't apply the acrylic to your cuticle. It should start a few millimeters above your cuticle so that it adheres to your nail, not your skin.
Image titled Do Acrylic Nails Step 12 5 Let the acrylic dry. It should only take about ten minutes before the acrylic is completely set. Test it by tapping the surface of your nail with the handle of your acrylic brush. If it makes a clicking sound, it's ready for the next step.

Part 4 Finishing the Nails

1 Shape the tips. Now that the acrylic has set, use a course nail file (180 grit for example) to shape the tips and file them to the length you want. Use a buffer to buff the surface of the nails, the 240 grit file takes away the scratches from the 180 grit file. Finish with an 1000 grit and after that the 4000 grit for the extra shine. With the 4000 it can be as shiny as a top coat if done correctly![6]
  • Remember use a small brush to dust off the excess nail dust made by the drill, so that it doesnt mix with the nail polish!
2 Paint your nails. You can use a coat of clear polish or choose to paint them with colored nail polish. Apply the polish to the entire nail to create a smooth, even surface. Image titled Do Acrylic Nails Step 15 3 Maintain your acrylic nails. After about two weeks, your nails have grown out. Choose to either reapply acrylic or remove the acrylic from your nails.
  • If your nails are green or yellow or in any other way looks unhealthy, DO NOT apply acrylic on your nails. Fungus and other nail conditions won't go away and need treatment! It will get worse if you apply acrylic nails on it. Nail fungus is highly contagious so don't use un-disinfected tools on you or anybody else.

Community Q&A

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  • Question What should I look for when getting an acrylic nail kit? Community Answer Look for a kit that contains basic acrylic nail supplies, such as: a nail brush, acrylic liquid, and different types of acrylic powders (ie: clear, pink and white). Some kits may also include a glass to hold the acrylic liquid in, which is even better. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 26 Helpful 156
  • Question Can you paint your acrylics with any nail polish, or is there a specific kind? Community Answer You can use normal nail polish, but use a top coat to seal it and make your nails shine. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 16 Helpful 95
  • Question How do you create a coffin-shaped nail? Community Answer First, file the sides of the nails to create a sharp point on the end. Then, flatten the sharp point to a flat edge until it looks like a coffin shape. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 14 Helpful 76
  • Question How do I make sure that the acrylic is not lumpy? Community Answer Avoid lumps on your acrylic powder by trying only singular strokes in a particular direction. Do not go back and forth with the brush while applying. Remember "singular strokes in the same direction." Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 8 Helpful 50
  • Question Why can't I put the acrylic closer to my cuticles? Community Answer It is harder to manoeuvre away from the cuticle. If you put near the cuticle and push down, it should start going near the cuticle. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 19
  • Question My nails fall off rather quickly. Do you have any advice? Community Answer Let your nails rest, put a nail hardener on them and possibly take vitamins that are good for skin and nails. When you do put on another set (if you do it yourself) have any oils on your nails before applying. This is why most nail places ask you to wash your hands and then they use nail polish remover on your nails before starting to apply acrylic. Maybe your nail beds are naturally too oily, this will make the nails fall off because the acrylic has nothing to hold onto. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 14 Helpful 66
  • Question Can I apply fake nails if I am a teenager? Community Answer Age doesn't matter; beauty supply stores don't ID or require you to be of a certain age to purchase materials. Just remember that this is an involved, somewhat difficult, and also a very smelly process. And make sure to discuss it with your parents first. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 35 Helpful 114
  • Question How do I make acrylic nails without nail tips? Community Answer Use forms. They are a sticky paper that goes under your nail so you can shape your own acrylic nails, and then take the paper off when you are finished. You can also use forms to make your nail longer with the acrylic. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 23 Helpful 78
  • Question How do I remove my acrylic nails? Community Answer Soak them in nail polish remover. You'll be able to scrape them off. Once you have them off, use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to wipe off any residue. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 13 Helpful 47
  • Question What is the glitter acrylic powder called and where can you get it? Community Answer It's called just that, glitter acrylic powder. You can get it from pharmacies, online and makeup suppliers. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 21 Helpful 63
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^ https://www.vox.com/2016/9/7/12631314/gels-acrylics-dip-fake-nails-science ^ http://www.madehow.com/Volume-3/Acrylic-Fingernail.html ^ https://www.hairandbeautyjobs.com/article/tips-and-tricks-for-the-working-nail-technician/ ^ https://www.rookiemag.com/2015/01/diy-artificial-nails/ ^ http://www.madehow.com/Volume-3/Acrylic-Fingernail.html ^ https://www.nailsmag.com/article/108747/the-ultimate-file-guide Videos provided by Drew Disaster

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To do acrylic nails, start by buying an acrylic nail kit from a beauty supply store and setting up a work space in a well-ventilated area, since acrylic fumes can be toxic. Next, use the nail primer in your kit to remove any moisture and oils from your nails, then glue the tips halfway down the surface of each nail and cut them to the desired length. After that, dip the brush into the liquid acrylic, followed by the acrylic powder, and apply the mixture to your nails from the tips to the cuticles. Finally, let your nails dry for 10 minutes before shaping the tips. To learn how to finish and maintain your acrylic nails, keep reading!

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How to Apply Acrylic Nails at Home

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.

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Acrylic nails are a type of artificial nail extensions applied on top of your natural nails. If done correctly they are durable, sturdy and offer protection for brittle, broken and damaged nails.  So if you're one of those girls with weak nails that break or split easily, then acrylic nails might be for you!

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Besides these practical benefits, acrylic nails are stunning. They embellish the hands, make the fingers appear longer and give them a gorgeous appearance. Most often they are sold in a long length but can be trimmed and shaped according to your preference.

Acrylic nail supplies are available at many drugstores, beauty supply stores and 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.

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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:

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  • 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)
  • Four-sided buffer block

STEPS INVOLVED IN APPLYING THE NAILS

Step 1. Remove any old nail polish

remove 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

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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.

Using the same file swipe the surface of your nails using gentle strokes. Doing this will help rid the natural nails of their shine, 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.

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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

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

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After you’ve adjusted your acrylic tip according to the marking, be sure that the base of the tip does not extend beyond the middle of your natural nail.  If it reaches too far file the bottom of the acrylic tip so that it meets the center of your natural nail

Step 5. Apply the acrylic nails with glue

apply the acrylic nails with glue

apply the acrylic nails with glue

Apply glue on the bottom area of the acrylic nail.

Use the clear marking point on the inverted side of the nail tip as a guide for applying the glue. One drop is sufficient for each nail. Once you have placed the glue, adhere the acrylic nail immediately to prevent the adhesive 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. Doing this will help the nail stay firmly in place while the glue is still wet, and allow it to adhere quickly.

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 ten nails.

Step 6. Cut the nails

cut the nails

cut the nails

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

A nail cutter is strongly recommended for this step, however, in a pinch, you can use a set small household nail clippers.

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

file the base abd tip of the acrylic

file the base abd tip of the acrylic

At this point, the acrylic nail will appear slightly raised. The position where the artificial nail ends and the natural nail begins will be quite conspicuous, and the transition will be evident.

To reduce the appearance of the ridge, you can file the base of the acrylic tip to bring it to the level of your natural nail. However, while you are filing, you must be extremely careful not to hit the natural nail itself.  Doing so can cause damage to your nail bed.

Once filed the acrylic nail merges with the natural nail and the transition is much less apparent.

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One other option is to take a paper towel with acetone-based polish remover and wipe over the ridge several times.  Doing this will help merge the two areas.

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

Repeat the process on all the acrylic nails.

This picture shows what they should look like after you have finished filing.

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