Although I love my painted and decorated nails, just sometimes it’s nice to go au natural. However, even then I get my kicks from having awesome looking nails, so I do need some help to achieve the perfect natural look.
Fake acrylic nails don’t have to look fake. With a little effort, no one will ever know they’re not your natural nails, and it’s easier than it looks to do this at home.
- Acrylic nails – these are my go-to favorite. Tough enough to withstand the hassles of daily life, the set contains a great range of sizes, and is an awesome price.
- MIA SECRET Clear Liquid Monomer and Acrylic Powder – This stuff is brilliant. Easy to mix and goes on smoothly, creating a completely natural look that lasts. Because you only need a tiny amount, the jars contain enough for lots of manicures.
- Nail glue
- Small brush
- Nail clippers
- Nail files
- Nail buffer block
- Nail polish remover
- Cuticle pusher or orange sticks
- Cotton pads
- Base coat
- Sheer, nude or very pale pink polish
- Top coat if desired
Next, follow these simple steps:
- Match each nail with an acrylic one. Trim and file to size, and put aside, noting which nail goes with which.
- Trim and tidy your natural nails, leaving a few millimeters length to support the acrylic nails.
- Wipe them over with nail polish remover. This not only cleans away any debris left from filing, but removes any natural oils and dehydrates your nail slightly allowing a stronger adhesion for the false nails.
- Starting with your dominant hand, apply a couple of small drops of glue to your natural nail bed.
- Carefully place the matching acrylic nail on top of yours, holding it firm for 30 seconds.
- Repeat the process on all of your nails.
- Pour a little of the Monomer liquid into a bowl.
- Into another bowl, tip a little of the acrylic powder.
- Dip the brush into the liquid, and squeeze out any excess on the side of the bowl.
- Lightly dip the wet brush into the powder.
- Carefully but working quickly and using long strokes from base to tip, apply a thin layer of the mixture to your nail. The idea is to create a seamless coating that masks the acrylic/nail bed join.
- Repeat this across all your nails
- Allow at least ten minutes for the acrylic coating to dry thoroughly.
- File and buff to achieve your desired look.
- Brush on the base coat and allow to dry.
- Apply a coat of sheer, nude or very pale pink polish.
- Depending on how much shine you like, add a top coat.
- Moisturize thoroughly.
This is the method I always use and it fools everyone into thinking that my nails are naturally awesome!