How To Apply Acrylic Nails Correctly

Learn How To Apply A Full Set Of Acrylic Nails With French Tips

All nail enhancements must be done correctly so as not to damage your natural nail. Ask a trained nail technician to apply your false nails.
All nail enhancements must be done correctly so as not to damage your natural nail. Ask a trained nail technician to apply your false nails. | Source

Who Invented Acrylic Nails

In 1954, Fred Slack, a dentist, broke his fingernail at work, and invented the first artificial nail as a realistic-looking temporary replacement. After experiments with different materials to perfect his invention, he and his brother, Tom, patented a successful version and started the company Patti Nails:

Before focusing on nail products, Fred Slack III was an innovator and pioneer in the dental industry. He was in the forefront in the development of the first high impact crown and bridge materials, the first powder/liquid composite filling material, the first direct bonded orthodontic adhesives, and the first hybrid composite.

Patti Nail Company

He began working in NSI’s parent company in 1960, started by his father Fred Slack Jr., which at the time was developing and manufacturing dental products. He used his knowledge of dental technology, acquired at the University of Pennsylvania Dental Laboratory, and worked on the characteristics of acrylic polymer/monomer chemistry with DuPont, Rohm & Haas, and Imperial Chemical of UK, to name a few.

Black Acrylic Nails

Learn how to become a Nail Technician. Step by Step instructions on how to apply a full set of Acrylic Nails. Acrylic Black powder can be used for a Full Colour.
Learn how to become a Nail Technician. Step by Step instructions on how to apply a full set of Acrylic Nails. Acrylic Black powder can be used for a Full Colour. | Source

Health Risks of Artificial Nails

If fitted properly, artificial nails are usually not problematic. However long term use and poorly fitted nails can seriously damage the nail bed and hamper natural nail growth. The most common problem associated with artificial nails is a bacterial infection that may develop between the false and natural nail.

When artificial nails are applied to the natural nail surface, minor types of trauma to the artificial nails which can happen from something as harmless as scraping a nail against a firm surface can cause separation of the nail from its nail bed. This allows bacteria and fungus to potentially enter the separated area setting up an infection.

So for these reasons it is important that you get your nails done by a professional nail technician and also to have your nails removed in the proper manner also by your nail technician so as not to cause any damage to the natural nail.

Acrylic Nails with French Tip and Full Colour

Step by step procedure for applying a full set of Acrylic nails.
Step by step procedure for applying a full set of Acrylic nails. | Source
How to apply a full colour of Acrylic nails correctly.
How to apply a full colour of Acrylic nails correctly. | Source
Learn how to applying a full set of Acrylic nails correctly so as not to harm the natural nail.
Learn how to applying a full set of Acrylic nails correctly so as not to harm the natural nail. | Source

Procedure for a Full Set of Acrylic Pink and White Nails

Step by Step instuctions for applying Acrylic Nail Enhancements Correctly

  • Sanitize yours and then the client’s hands:
  • Cleanse nails so as to remove any polish or residue on nails:
  • Apply cuticle cream and massage in then push back cuticle and remove dead skin:
  • Etch natural nail from the cuticle to the free edge to remove oil and shine (using 180 grit file):
  • Dust the nail:
  • Apply nail pure to dehydrate and clean the nail (nail should look chalky white):
  • Select tip and stick on at a 45degree angel into click:
  • Cut and blend tip:
  • Apply primer to natural nail only:
  • Apply white acrylic powder to free edge:
  • Apply pink acrylic powder to create sea curve keeping 1mm away from the cuticle:
  • File and shape nail:
  • Buff and 3 way shine or use Glaze and Go and put under UVA lamp for 2 minutes:

How to Apply Acrylic Nails Tutorial

NSI Nail Products for Applying Acrylic Nails

NSI nail liquid and acrylic powder, two of the products needed in order to applying a Full Set of Acrylic nails on your client:
NSI nail liquid and acrylic powder, two of the products needed in order to applying a Full Set of Acrylic nails on your client: | Source
Artificial nail enhancements tips from NSI size 1 to 10.
Artificial nail enhancements tips from NSI size 1 to 10. | Source
NSI Sanitizer to  kill any bacteria from yours or your  clients hands. NSI cleanser to clear away any residue from your clients nails.
NSI Sanitizer to kill any bacteria from yours or your clients hands. NSI cleanser to clear away any residue from your clients nails. | Source
Clippers needed to shorten artificial nail enhancement tips.
Clippers needed to shorten artificial nail enhancement tips. | Source
NSI nail purer. NSI nail primer.
NSI nail purer. NSI nail primer. | Source
NSI nail glue for artificial nail enhancement tips. Clippers for NSI nail tips.
NSI nail glue for artificial nail enhancement tips. Clippers for NSI nail tips. | Source
Bowl and lid for your NSI nail liquid and NSI Acrylic nail brush.
Bowl and lid for your NSI nail liquid and NSI Acrylic nail brush. | Source
NSI Glaze and Go. NSI cuticle oil.
NSI Glaze and Go. NSI cuticle oil. | Source

Which are the Best Nail Enhancement Products

Products you will need for applying a Full Set of Pink and White Acrylic Nails:


Shown to the Right of this capsule are Photographs of the NSI nail products that I prefer to use when applying Acrylic nails to my clients hands.


When applying Acrylic nails it is helpful to use well known nail enhancement products.


Personally I use NSI (Nails System International) products. This is where I did my training to become a nail technician and I find all their products to be of good quality.


If you wish to get a good result and a long lasting result from your Acrylic Nail application please use only nail enhancement products from a reputable supplier.


You will need a number of nail products, listed below before you begin your procedure for applying a Full Set of Pink and White Acrylic Nails.



  • Sanitizer
  • Cleanser
  • Cuticle cream
  • Cuticle clippers
  • Nail files/Nail brush
  • Nail Pure
  • Nail Primer
  • Acrylic Nail Tips
  • Nail glue
  • Nail Tip Clippers
  • White Acrylic powder
  • Pink Acrylic powder
  • Nail Liquid
  • Brush for applying Acrylic
  • Cuticle Oil
  • Glaze and Go (optional)
  • UVA Lamp (When using Glaze and Go, Optional)

Health Benefits of Nail Enhancements

Acrylic nails help conceal or fix broken, damaged, short, or bad nails. It also helps prevent people from biting their nails, breakage of nails, and protect splits. They are used when people are not able to grow the length and strength of natural nails that they desire. This problem can be solved by using certain nail techniques such as nail tipping, sculptured nails, nail wrapping, or acrylic overlays.

However Acrylic nails usually make natural nails weak, thin, and breakable when removed.

NSI Acrylic Powder and Nail Liquid

Acrylic Nails are made up from the correct mixture of Liquid and Powder.
Acrylic Nails are made up from the correct mixture of Liquid and Powder. | Source

Acrylic Nails Full Colour

Learn how to apply a full set of acrylic nails. You can do Full Colour or French Tips. Step by Step instructions on how to apply acrylic nails.
Learn how to apply a full set of acrylic nails. You can do Full Colour or French Tips. Step by Step instructions on how to apply acrylic nails. | Source

What are Acrylic Nails Made From

Acrylic Nails are made by a mixture of Liquid and Powder

  • LIQUID: Is a complex mixture of monomers, cross-linkers, stabilizers, catalysts and other additives.
  • POWDER: Is a mixture of polymers and copolymers that contain the initiator, colorants and other additives.

Accelerators, Initiators, Catalysts and Energy are needed by all artificial nail enhancement products. If one is missing or compounded improperly, chemical reactions will happen much more slowly or not at all.

For these reasons it is important to get your nails done by a trained nail technician as the incorrect mixture of the products can cause problems with your nail enhancement and may even harm the natural nail.

Nail Anatomy and Nail Growth

Acrylic Nails

Step by Step instructions on how to apply a full set of acrylic nails. Apply Full Colour or French Tip. Learn how to become a Nail Technician.
Step by Step instructions on how to apply a full set of acrylic nails. Apply Full Colour or French Tip. Learn how to become a Nail Technician. | Source

Nail Anatomy and Contra Indications to Manicure, Pedicure or any Nail Enhancements

There are 13 points to Nail Anatomy

  1. The Matrix
  2. The Mantle
  3. The Nail Bed
  4. The Nail Grooves
  5. The Free Edge
  6. The Smile Line
  7. The Nail Plate
  8. The Nail Walls
  9. The Lunula
  10. The Cuticle
  11. The Hyponychium
  12. The Peronychium
  13. The Eponychium

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Acrylic Nails with Full Colour

Acrylic Nails. Full Colour. NSI Opaque acrylic powder.
Acrylic Nails. Full Colour. NSI Opaque acrylic powder. | Source

Coloured Acrylic Powder

NSI Acrylic Coloured Powder. Mix the colours to make your own unique colour or use the white to lighten a  shade.
NSI Acrylic Coloured Powder. Mix the colours to make your own unique colour or use the white to lighten a shade. | Source

NSI Acrylic Powder

As an option from the pink and white nails, French Tips, you may also get any coloured acrylic powder.


There are many to choose from and it is also possible to mix the different coloured powders and make your own unique colour. Or you could use the white acrylic powder to lighten a particular shade.

My favourite is to mix the Black acrylic powder with a little white. This gives a lovely shade of grey.

Beginners UV Gel Nail Tutorial

Do you prefer Acrylic or Gel Nail Enhancements?

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Nail Anatomy

Known your nail anatomy in order to become a good Nail Technician. It is important to know your nail anatomy in order not to cause any harm to your natural nail whilst applying false/acrylic nails.
Known your nail anatomy in order to become a good Nail Technician. It is important to know your nail anatomy in order not to cause any harm to your natural nail whilst applying false/acrylic nails. | Source

The Importance of Knowing your Nail Anatomy

It is important that you are knowledgeable of your nail anatomy before applying any nail enhancement onto your nails or be sure to have your false nails done by a trained nail technician who will be aware of any contra indications before attempting to apply Acrylic or Gel nails.

What are the Contra-Indications to Manicures or Pedicures?

These can vary from a Bacterial infection to a Viral Infection or Fungal infection.

I have written an article on How to Become a Nail Technician. If you wish to know more on the subject of Nail Anatomy and Contra-Indications to Manicure or Pedicure or False nails please follow the link below to the hub on how to become a nail technician.

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