Acrylic Nails: As someone who can’t grow out their nails without breaking at least two of them along the way, I’m instantly jealous whenever I notice someone’s long, perfect almond- or square-shaped nails. While some people are blessed with strong natural nails, often the nails I fawn over can often be credited to the magic of acrylics. This faux nail method is ideal for those of us who want long nails, but can’t shape or maintain their ideal nail length on their own. However, they’re not exactly effortless: Getting acrylic nails to come with a price tag, and the upkeep does, too. Additionally, getting them done incorrectly can damage your nails.
All of this considered, it’s important to have all the info before you visit the salon, and InStyle has got you covered. Whether you’re tired of having nails that are too short for fancy nail art, or you want your nails to look as dramatic as Kylie Jenner’s claws do on her Instagram, see what a professional manicurist has to say about the process of getting acrylic nails.
How To Remove Acrylic Nails At Home
When it comes to removing acrylic nails, acetone is your best savior. This strong liquid-based chemical dissolves the acrylic nails and helps you remove them easily. I know you must be thinking how something so strong can be safe on your skin. Yes, acetone is not something that should come in contact with your skin very often, but apart from a little dryness and in some rare cases, a little redness is fairly safe to use it. Just make sure you take the necessary safety measures, and you should be fine.
How to Remove Acrylic Nails With Acetone
- Clip the acrylic nails as short as possible.
- File away the topcoat, nail polish or any color to avoid getting a mess all over your hands.
- Apply petroleum jelly on the skin surrounding the cuticles (this serves as a protective barrier). Next—similar to removing gel nail polish—soak cotton pads in acetone and place them on your nails.
- Tear pieces of aluminum foil and wrap them around the tips of your fingers, keeping the cotton pads in place.
- Let it sit for 25 to 30 minutes. (You wanted to catch up on Will & Grace anyway.)
- Pull the aluminum foil gently and the acrylic nail should come off with it. If you feel resistance, keep it wrapped for another five to seven minutes.
How to Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone
- Clip the acrylic nails as short as possible.
- Gently pry the edges free with the pointy end of tweezers.
- Pour one cup of acetone-free nail polish remover in a bowl. Remember: Remover will evaporate, so you’ll need to add a few tablespoons over time.
- Soak your nails in the remover for 30 to 40 minutes. (Maybe this one’s good for an episode of Empire.)
- Once you feel the nail loosen, pull it off gently with tweezers. If it does not budge easily, soak for another five to seven minutes.
Short Acrylic Nails
Short acrylic nails are the perfect option for a woman who wants a glamorous manicure without the length. As you may be aware, acrylics have a reputation for being both fabulous and extremely long. But the latter isn’t always true and these incredible short acrylic nail designs are all the proof you need.
Acrylic nails:- nail enhancements made by combining a liquid acrylic product with a powdered acrylic product — have a staying power in the beauty industry that’s hard to beat. After all, women have been adding artificial length to their nails since the days of ancient Egypt. That said, we’ve come a long way since the days of using ivory and bone to make our nails look stellar. We’ve also come a long way from the outdated notion that all beautiful nails need to be super long to make a statement.
Any modern woman interested in short acrylic will be pleased to learn that there is a seemingly endless variety of styles. From oval dark red acrylic nails to neutral acrylic nails, it’s safe to say that this highly underrated beauty option gives you tons of opportunity to explore and experiment until you find the perfect short acrylic nail designs for you. Maybe you favor sweet short pink acrylic , or perhaps you prefer some dramatic coffin acrylic instead. You’ll never know which one is perfect for you until you try. So why not get inspired by some of the best short acrylic on the internet today?
How To Take Off Acrylic Nails
File Off As Much Of The Acrylic Nail As Possible
Instead of filing your nails in the usual way (along the top edge of the nail), you’ll need to thin out the entire area the acrylic covers. “Using a course grit, file off as much product as possible,” Walker says. “You need a really good file for this. An emery board would be useless.” Look for a 100-grit nail file, which is coarse enough to file down the surface of the acrylics.
Soak Off Any Remaining Acrylic Nail
Once the acrylic has been filed down much as possible, Walker recommends soaking the nails in 100% acetone for as long as it takes to dissolve the product.
Gently Scrape Or Buff The Last Bits Of Acrylic Nails Away
After soaking in acetone, check nails “every 20 minutes or so to scrape off the softened product using an orange stick or cuticle pusher, repeating this process until all the product has been dissolved,” Walker says. There may be a few small areas of acrylic that refuse to go, but don’t get rough with them! “If there are any little bits of acrylic that won’t budge, a soft foam buffer can be used to buff those little stubborn bits smooth,” she says.