How to Get a Smooth Surface When Applying Acrylic Nails

by Todd Bowerman

Acrylic nails are simple nail overlays that you glue to your natural nails. Acrylic nails help you create a healthy, uniform look across both of your hands and require less maintenance than natural nails. When you first glue a set of acrylic extensions onto your fingers, you will notice a small bump where the acrylic surface meets the natural nail. If you want your acrylic nails to look as attractive as possible, smooth out that surface and make it less noticeable.

Items you will need

  • Acrylic brush
  • Acrylic liquid
  • Acrylic powder
  • Nail buffer
Step 1

Follow all manufacturer instructions for prepping your nails for acrylics extensions. Each brand requires a slightly different process and correct preparation is critical in ensuring success.

Step 2

Apply each of the acrylic extensions to your nails and allow them to dry.

Step 3

Dip your acrylic brush into the acrylic liquid.

Step 4

Dip the brush into the acrylic powder and rotate the brush until you form a small ball at its tip.

Step 5

Place the ball of acrylic powder at the free edge of your nail, which is the part that hangs over the fingertip.

Step 6

Smooth this ball out with the brush and blend it into the nail.

Step 7

Place another small ball of acrylic on the seam between the artificial and natural nail. Smooth this out with the brush, blending it upward and into the ball of acrylic you just added to the free edge.

Step 8

Grab another small ball on the tip of the brush and place it on the exposed part of your natural nail. Blend this ball toward the tip of the nail, creating a rough but even surface over the entire length of the nail.

Step 9

Repeat steps one through eight for each of your acrylic nails and allow them to dry.

Step 10

Buff the surface of each of your nails with the rough side of a nail buffer. Use this tool to smooth out the acrylic you added and create a seamless look.

Step 11

Buff each nail with the fine side of a nail buffer to bring them to a bright shine.

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