acrylic nails….

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Like your own acrylics? At home? Wow – I could never imagine doing that! I’m always so in awe when I watch my nail tech do my acrylics… It seems so involved. Granted, I still have a hard time painting my right hand, so I’m not a nail expert haha.

I would think that shaping your own acrylics might be a little tough though…

Post # 3
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

cheyanne.lawson: I’m nail obsessed & I have attempted doing my own acrylics in the past and it usually turns out a big #FAIL, LOL.  

My favorite way to get the look of “acrylics” at home though is with “french nail wraps”.  They are the just the white part of the french mani that you just glue to the tip of your nail, kinda file them down (they are much thinner than a regular press on nail & blend easily with your natural nail so there isn’t really a ridge)  Put some clear polish on top and they are good to go.  They usually last me a week or so, and they give a perfect smile line & squared look to your nail. This isn’t my finger, but this is what they look like when you glue them on, I usually buy the squared ones though.


Another way to do your own acrylics is “tip n dip” basically you paint some resin (nail glue) over your nail and dip it in a pot of acrylic powder.  I have never really had much luck with this method and my nails & tried it once over the french tips above.  I bought the regular acrylic powder at Sally’s though, so that might have been the issue.  I may try it again one day with the actual dipping powder meant for that purpose.

Another method is with “pop-its” or “dual forms” they are little molds that you put in the acrylic and kinda mold it into a nail shape and press it on your finger.  I have seen all kinds of really pretty nails done with this and you can do the glitter nails, colored acrylic etc…  I haven’t tried that yet, but I keep meaning too because I have a whole pot of acrylic sitting around from when I tried the tip and dip, I just need to get the dual forms.  I think those would probably be easier to do that free hand acrylic because you don’t have to worry about messing up your when you are working with your nondominant hand.


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Post # 4
361 posts
Helper bee


cheyanne.lawson:   Ive had acryllics twice and don’t think i’d do it again. They’re so thick and they ruin your real nails.  Have you tried the OPI gel polish?  Its really hard to chip and the nail techs just paint it on like nail polish although it’s much thicker and stays really shiny.  I love it, here are my real nails with gel polish on (they’ve grown out a little bit)  

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