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Niche Topics (Beauty and Wellness) is all about a natural approach to healthy skin,
hair and nails. You'll love our collection of organic homemade beauty, bath and body
treatment recipes using natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse and protect
your skin. Harness the healing powers of Mother Nature's bounty to make yourself
Acrylic nails, or artificial nails, are fake nails that are glued onto the real nails.
They are popular among women who desire long nails for a special event, and some
even choose to use acrylic nails to stop their nail-biting habits.
You can get acrylic nail application at nail salons but they are expensive, and acrylic
nails need to be maintained at least every 2 weeks. A cheaper option is to apply
fake nails yourself, at home. Follow the guide below and with practice, you can get
great professional looking nails without breaking the bank.
Fake Nails Home Manicure
You will need acetone-free nail polish remover, acrylic nail tips, liquid acrylic
and powdered acrylic. Also, prepare a nail file, acrylic nippers or nail clipper,
small acrylic brush and a dish for the acrylic liquid.
1. Clean your nails. Make sure that your cuticles are pushed back and remove old
polish, if any. Trim your natural nails as close as possible, but not too close.
Fake nails can tear away a part of your natural nails if they are broken. Such an
injury may lead to infections.
2. Although some nail professionals say that you should rough up your nails by rubbing
a grit filing block on them first before applying the acrylic tips to ensure they
adhere closely, this is unnecessary. Roughing up the nails can damage your natural
3. Once your nails are clean and dry, put a drop of glue on the tip. Make sure that
the tips fit your nail bed as closely as they can. Adjust the nails quickly before
the glue dries so they would not appear crooked. You can remove a crooked acrylic
nail by immediately soaking it in water.
4. Use the acrylic nippers or a large nail clipper to trim the tips to your desired
length. And, file them to remove any rough edges and to even out the lengths of your
5. Mix the liquid acrylic with the powder acrylic in a dish, and then carefully apply
the mixture to your fake nails like you would a nail polish. Avoid getting the acrylic
mixture on your natural nail bed as it cause nail fungus to develop under the nail.
6. To finish, buff your nails and apply nail polish.
You will need to apply nail oil on acrylic nails once a day and remember to only
have acrylic nails on for about 4 weeks before you have to remove them altogether.
Also, avoid too much pressure on your nails, and wear gloves whenever you are doing
housework. The chemicals in most household cleaning products can weaken and discolor
your acrylic nails.