Concerned about the risk of infection from nail salons? You don’t have to be if you can do your own nails at home. One great option for doing them yourself is acrylic powder nails in Hillsboro, which will keep your nails strong, durable, and looking clean and neat.
Using these acrylic powder nails won’t be as hard as you think, either! We’ve got the instructions and all the tips you need to get beautiful results with minimal effort.
Prepare nails before application
The first step in getting matte nails is preparing your nails before application. This includes filing down the nail, removing all nail polish, and then soaking your hands in acetone.
This process will ensure that there is no residue left on your nails. It also ensures a smoother application of acrylic powder nails in Hillsboro because it will be easier to remove any bumps or imperfections when there is no paint or polish on your nails.
- File down the nail
- Remove all nail polish
- Soak hands in acetone
First, use acetone-based nail polish remover to clean the nails and remove any previous polish. Next, apply a base coat or foundation for your nails.
Then, gently press acrylic powder onto the surface of the nails, making sure not to touch the nail bed. Finally, apply a layer of top coat or sealant to your nails and wait for them to dry.
Peel the backing off
The next step is removing the backing from your acrylic powder nails. This can be tricky because you will want to do this carefully so that you don’t rip the acrylic powder off of your nails.
Grab a corner and start peeling up from the bottom, being careful not to peel too much at one time or you might get caught on your nail bed. Once all of the backings is peeled off, go ahead and trim any excess off of the edge of your acrylic powder nails.
Separate out the set of powders from the remover
- Separate the powder from the remover.
- Pour the remover onto a paper towel and pour some of the powder on top.
- Apply pressure with your fingers in a circular motion to mix them together.
- Dip one nail at a time into the mixture, and place it on an acetone-soaked cloth or paper towel for about 10 seconds. Dip your nails again if necessary.
Dab powder onto wet nail
Dip powder into the acrylic liquid, then carefully dab it onto your wet nail. Make sure you’re only dipping your brush in enough liquid to cover one side of the brush at a time and don’t touch the other side of the brush or you’ll get an uneven application.
If you have time, let your nails dry for a few minutes before adding another coat of powder. Once the acrylic is completely dry, gently file off any excess on your nails using an emery board.
Press powder into wet nail for a few seconds until you see it stick
- Dip your acrylic powder nails in water and put them on a paper plate.
- Press the wet nail into the powder for a few seconds until you see it stick. This is one of the hardest parts because you have to make sure the powder sticks all around the edge of your nail and doesn’t just fall off.
- After about 10 seconds, take your finger out of the powder and use an orange stick (or another thin, rounded object) to get rid of any excess powder that has stuck on top of your nail.
- Keep dipping, pressing, and shaping until each nail is coated in acrylic powder.
Repeat steps 1-6 on all nails. (I always do my ring finger last).
- Dip powder nails in water.
- Scrub them thoroughly with a nail brush or toothbrush for about 2 minutes.
- Rinse them off until the water is clear and shake off excess water.
- Place a towel under your nails, then dip your fingers into the acrylic powder until they are coated.
Rinse under cold water until the powder is gone, then wipe off any excess water with tissue paper.
Dip the powder nails into the water and use a nail brush or sponge to remove any excess powder. Rinse the nails under cold water until the powder is gone, then wipe off any excess water with tissue paper. After dipping your acrylic powder nails in water, you will want to rinse them until all of the white powder has been removed from your nails.
You can also use a toothbrush if you have one on hand for this step as well. Once all of the white powder has been removed from your nails, you should now be able to see that there is pink polish still showing on your nail beds.
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Apply base coat, a cure. Apply top coat and cure. That’s it!
Powder nails can be done in 2 hours or less, depending on the length of your nails. They last up to three weeks before needing a fill. This is why we recommend coming in for a powder fill every two weeks.
The base coat is applied after taking your natural nails off, which creates an even surface for the powder coating process. Apply one thin layer of base coat and cure it using either UV light or an LED lamp for two minutes. Repeat this step twice if you want a thicker coverage.
The top coat is then applied and cured with either UV light or an LED lamp for two minutes, making your nails strong and shiny so they can withstand daily wear without chipping!
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