Fashionable women would go to any extend in order to enhance and project a glamorous image of themselves. Nails are a great attraction once painted and well manicured. The latest addition in nail art is acrylic nails.
Acrylic nails are artificial nails that are fixed on to the natural nail bed. They are easy to apply and give an instant lift to any poorly turned out nails. Acrylic nails are a boon to those women who are not gifted with beautiful and glossy nails.
Many women believe that acrylic nails are harmful to the natural nail bed. But this is not true. Proper use of an acrylic nail will not damage the nail bed. It is when they are not used as desired that nails become susceptible to fungal infection. If you choose to fix acrylic nails in a nail salon, ensure that it is a reputed one and has good hygiene.
Acrylic nails are good for special occasions and parties. However, prolonged use of acrylic nails are definitely nor recommended. Nails need to breath failing which there would be cultivation of bacteria and fungus underneath which would result in infections and coarsening of your natural nail.
You can very well do the process of fixing acrylic nails at home with a few careful techniques. Below are the steps that would take you through the process of fixing acrylic nails. Ensure that you are very careful while applying them.
Tips for Fixing Acrylic Nails
Before you start the procedure, you need to keep all the things needed right by your side. The things that you require are acrylic nail tips, nail glue, bottled primer or nail prime pen, a square buffing block, nail filer, acrylic nail cutter, pink or white powdered acrylic, wooden cuticle pusher, a glass bowl for acrylic liquid and nail paint brush.
Cleaning Your Nails before Fixing Acrylic Nails
Wash your hands clean and pat dry. Now using a nail polish remover, you can remove the old and chipped nail polish off from your nails. If you do not have any old nail polish marks on your nails, you still have to swish a coat of two of nail polish remover on your nail. This is to remove the oil that is present on your nails.
Roughening the Nail Bed before Fixing Acrylic Nails
Before fixing the acrylic nails, the nail bed has to be roughened. This is to ensure that the acrylic is firmly fixed in the nail bed without allowing any gaps to be formed. Gaps between the nail bed and the acrylic nail will encourage bacterial and fungal growth as moisture will get trapped between these areas. Making your nail bed rough will prevent formation of gaps.
Using a wooden cuticle pusher gently push the cuticles backwards. Ensure that you do not get hurt in the process. You cannot fix acrylic nails on top of a wounded finger as this will create an infection. Once you have successfully pushed your cuticle back, take the nail filer and rub the rough surface on your nail bed. Cover all areas of your nail bed, taking care to cover the corners and edges too. A rough nail would make the acrylic stick perfectly on to it.
Choosing Nail Tips That Fit Your Nails
Open the nail tips. You will have tips of varied sizes and lengths. Choose the best one that fits the tip of your nails. It has to also cover the width of your natural nails properly. Once you have done this, you can apply the nail tip glue on the tip of your nail where you want to fix the nail tip. Place the nail tip on the glue and apply slight pressure so that it gets stuck firmly on the tip of your nail. Hold for a few seconds. Once it is fixed, you may now trim them to the desired size using the acrylic nail clipper. File uneven edges to a smooth finish.
Applying Acrylic Liquid on the Nail Bed
Before you use acrylic liquid, you can use a coat of primer on the areas of the nail bed that is not covered with the acrylic nail tip. This is for greater fixture while you apply acrylic liquid. Now pour acrylic liquid into the bowl. Using the acrylic brush, dip in the acrylic liquid and then in the powder. The acrylic and the powder will mix and form into a ball.
Drop the ball near the cuticle and flatten it as you go right up till the outer edge of the tip that you fixed. Do not over flatten it as it will give an uneven surface. To get a flat finish you can try applying a coat of acrylic on the entire nail before you drop the ball. Repeat the procedure for all the nails. When you tap on the nails with the wooden cuticle remover, it must make a ‘click’ sound. This means that the acrylic is firmly fixed on to the nail bed.
Check the nails from the sides to see if the acrylic is even. If it is uneven, you can use the square block for buffing the acrylic top. Buff till you get a fine, even surface. You can use a finer block for getting a smoother result. Once the buffing is complete, your acrylic nails are ready to be painted in any nail colour you like.
Application of Nail Colour on Acrylic Nails
Wash your hands and check for any uneven spots once again. Uneven surfaces will create a patchy look when you apply nail polish on acrylic nails. Once you are sure of a smooth surface, you can choose a nail polish that suits your skin colour. Apply the first stroke in the middle, starting from the base and moving on to the tip. Apply the second coat on the right and the third on the left. Wait till the strokes are perfectly dry. Now you can apply the final coat in one single coat. Your acrylic nails are ready for the party!
Acrylic nail application must be done with utmost care in order to prevent bleeding and pain. It is important to take great care while fixing them as they are difficult to remove once fixed.
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