If you are new to doing your own acrylic nails then when buying acrylic nail supplies it might be worthwhile buying an acrylic nail kit. Most kits come with all the basics you need and also have detailed instructions.
If you decide to buy your nail art supplies separately – here are the basics that you will need to purchase.
Acrylic Nails Supplies List
- Acrylic files and clippers – normal nail files and clippers don’t work as well on acrylic nails.
- Acrylic Liquid – Monomer
- Acrylic Powder – Polymer
- Mixing bowl
- Acrylic brush
- Acrylic tips
- Nail tip glue – only necessary if you are using acrylic tips
- Cushion nail file
- Paper towels
- Non-acetone nail polish remover – acetone will dissolve acrylics
- Top coat
- Acrylic nail drill
- Acetone nail polish – only when you want to remove acrylics permanently
- Cuticle pusher or orange wood stick
- Cuticle oil
Acrylic Nails Info
Acrylic nails can be harmful to your nail bed so it is best to know the facts about using acrylic nails before you apply them and possibly ruin your nails.
With proper application and removal of your acrylics you will do minimal damage to your nails, what ruins nails is over-filing on application and over-drilling on removal.
If you do use acrylics regularly it is healthy to have a break for a few months every year. This allows your nail bed to breathe and your nails to grow back naturally.
When wearing acrylics it is important to be aware if a gap develops between the acrylic nail and your natural nail as this can cause an infection on the nail. Other causes might be if your acrylics are too rigid or too long, or if you do not clean your tools well before applying the acrylics. You will know if you have a nail infection as the nail will be sore and inflamed.
Avoid pushing back or trimming your cuticles immediately prior to applying acrylics as this can also increase the risk of a nail infection. Make sure you protect the skin around your nails from the chemicals used in acrylics.
Always apply your acrylics in a well-ventilated area or outside if possible as the fumes can be strong enough to cause blackouts. Pregnant women are usually advised to avoid using acrylics because of this reason.
Cheap Acrylic Nail Supplies Online
Another great place to find a good deal on acrylic nail art supplies is Amazon. Here are some that I found recently.