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iNail Elegance Revealed

How to Create the Perfect Acrylic Nails: A Step-by-Step Guide

Author: Serana Nguyen, April 26, 2023




Hey, inail enthusiasts! Serana Nguyen here, today we're going to talk about nails and not just any nails, acrylic nails. Whether you've been longing for flawless acrylic nails or a great read, you've come to the right place. Today, my quest is to guide you through my super fun, step-by-step process of creating the perfect set of acrylic nails. Trust me, you'll be turning heads with your stunning, salon-quality acrylics in no time!


Supplies You'll Need!

"Why did the nail technician try to create acrylic nails without any supplies? Because they thought they could "nail" it with their bare hands!"

First things first, let's gather all the fabulous tools and supplies we'll need to create our eye-catching acrylic nails:


  • Acrylic powder (choose your fave color!)
  • Acrylic liquid (monomer)
  • Acrylic nail brush
  • Nail tips or Nail forms
  • Nail file (for those perfect edges)
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail primer
  • Nail dehydrator
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle nipper
  • Nail clippers
  • Dappen dish
  • Lint-free wipes
  • Nail glue (if using nail tips)


Girl, I know what you're thinking, that's a lot of supplies for just nails. But here's the thing, these aren't just nails. These are THE supplies that will guarantee you the perfect nails every time. I used to work in a salon so I know a few industry techniques under my skin.

Prep Like a Pro

Before we dive into the world of acrylics, let's get our natural nails ready for their glamourous transformation. Remove any old nail polish (we don't want that getting in the way), push back those cuticles, and shape your nails with a file. Don't forget to cleanse and prep the nail surface witha dehydrator and primer!

Tips or Forms? Your Choice!

Whether you're a nail tip diva or a nail form queen, make sure they fit snugly and align perfectly with your natural nails. Trim and file the tips to your desired length and shape, or secure those forms for a flawless foundation.

Mix It Up, Honey!

Pour a small amount of that acrylic liquid (monomer) into your dappen dish. Grab your acrylic nail brush, dip it in the liquid, and then into the acrylic powder. Voilà! You've got a cute little acrylic ball on your brush.

Let's Get Crafty!

Gently place the acrylic ball onto your nail, starting near the cuticle area. Use your brush to shape and spread the acrylic like a true nail artist. Work quickly, though – we don't want our masterpiece to harden before it's ready!

File, Shape, and Slay

Once the acrylic has set, remove those nail forms (if used) and unleash your inner diva by shaping your acrylic nails with a nail file. Smooth the surface with a buffer for a sleek and natural-looking finish.

Time to Flaunt Your Style!

Now that your acrylic nails are looking fabulous, it's time to express yourself with your favorite nail polish or show off your artistic skills with some stunning nail art designs. Seal your masterpiece with a top coat to keep it looking fresh!

Keep 'em Fabulous

Your gorgeous acrylic nails deserve to look their best all the time! Schedule regular fills (every 2-3 weeks) to maintain their shape and strength. And don't forget to pamper your cuticles with some moisturizer.


And there you have it, my fabulous friends! With a little patience, practice, and a sprinkle of Serana's magic, you'll be rocking the perfect set of acrylic nails in no time. Whether you're a professional nail tech or just looking to up your nail game at home, these tips will help you achieve jaw-dropping results every time! 💅💖

Acrylic Nails At Home: Step by Step How-To Tutorial - YouTube