Acrylic nails are a great way to add some extra pizzazz to your look for Christmas. They come in all sorts of colors and designs, so you can really find a style that suits you. You can even get them done in festive colors like red and green! If you're not sure how to get started, here are some tips.
First, you'll need to gather your supplies. You'll need a nail file, cuticle pusher, base coat, top coat, acrylic powder, monomer liquid, and an acrylic brush. You can find all of these items at your local beauty supply store.
Next, start by preparing your nails. File them into the shape you want and push back your cuticles. Then apply a base coat to help the color adhere better.
Now it's time to start applying the acrylic powder. Dip your brush into the monomer liquid and then into the powder. Tap off any excess and then apply it to your nail in a thin layer. Repeat this process until you have the desired thickness. Remember to cure each layer under an LED or UV light for about 30 seconds before moving on to the next one.
Once you've built up the acrylics to the desired thickness, it's time to add some color! Choose whichever shade you like best and paint it on top of the clear nails using a thin brush. Again, cure each layer under an LED or UV light for about 30 seconds before adding another coat or moving on to another color.
Once you're happy with the colors, finish off with a top coat of clear polish and cure one last time under an LED or UV light for about 60 seconds
Now that you've got your beautiful acrylic nails, there are a few things you can do to make them last. First, avoid using your nails as tools. Opening cans or picking at things can damage the acrylic and shorten its lifespan. Second, be careful when washing dishes or using harsh chemicals. Wear gloves whenever possible to protect your nails. Finally, don't forget to moisturize! Massaging cuticle oil into your nails will help keep them healthy and prevent the acrylic from drying out and cracking.
With a little bit of care, your acrylic nails should last for several weeks. And when they eventually start to grow out, simply head back to the salon for a fill. With all the festive colors and designs available, there's no reason not to rock some fabulous acrylics this Christmas!