How to Use a Nailene Acrylic Sculpture Kit

by Heather Kimbrell

The Nailene Acrylic Sculpture Kit is a manicure kit that allows you to do your own acrylic nails at home. The kit comes with 20 French nail tips, 20 natural nail tips, acrylic powder, acrylic liquid, nail glue, buffer and sculpting brush. Applying your own acrylic nails can be tricky at first, so be sure to take your time and follow all instructions carefully.

Items you will need

  • Nailene Acrylic Sculpture Kit
  • Small glass bowl
  • Paper towels

Preparing Your Nails

Step 1

Swipe a cotton ball soaked in acetone nail polish remover over your natural nails.

Step 2

Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.

Step 3

Gently buff your natural nails with the purple side of the buffer for maximum glue adhesion.

Step 4

Push back your cuticles carefully.

Applying Nail Tips

Step 1

Match nail tips to the width of your natural nails. File the sides of the nail tips with the green side of the buffer if necessary.

Step 2

Apply a small dot of glue to the tip of your natural nail.

Step 3

Place the Nailene nail tip on your natural nail between the pink of your nail bed and the white free edge of your nail. Press the tip down firmly and hold for 10-15 seconds.

Applying Acrylic Overlay

Step 1

Pour a small amount of acrylic liquid into a glass bowl. Do not use a bowl that will be used for eating or drinking in the future.

Step 2

Open the acrylic powder and place the container next to the bowl of acrylic liquid.

Step 3

Using the sculpting brush, brush a small amount of acrylic liquid onto your nail.

Step 4

Dip the brush in acrylic liquid again and tap it on the bowl’s edge to remove any excess liquid.

Step 5

Drag brush lightly over the acrylic powder until a small ball forms on the brush’s tip.

Step 6

Place the acrylic ball over the seam where your natural nail meets the Nailene nail tip.

Step 7

Using the side of the sculpting brush, flatten the acrylic ball across the entire seam and the Nailene nail tip.

Step 8

Dip the brush in acrylic liquid again and gently swipe over your nail for smoother results.

Step 9

Clean the brush by dipping in acrylic liquid and wiping it off with a paper towel.

Step 10

Apply a second coat of acrylic to the nail. Placing the acrylic ball in the center of your nail this time, pat the ball down to the cuticle. Gently brush forward to blend.

Step 11

Brush acrylic liquid over the entire nail for a smooth finish. Allow the acrylic to dry.

Smoothing Your Acrylic Nails

Step 1

Using the purple side of the buffer, gently buff your acrylic nails until they are smooth and even.

Step 2

Refine the nail surface with the white buffer.

Step 3

Wash your hands in cool water to remove acrylic dust. Apply nail polish or a clear top coat, if desired.

Warnings

  • Always apply acrylic nails in a well-ventilated area.

About the Author

Heather Kimbrell began writing professionally in 2009. Most of her work is featured online, where she publishes health and technology articles. She is a certified medical assistant and a part-time PC technician. Before pursuing a medical-assisting career, she received information technology training from Cisco Networking Academy. Kimbrell earned an associate degree in medical assisting from Fortis College of Montgomery, Ala.