Love the durability of acrylic nails, but are having trouble adding shine in between manicures?
Here’s how to get a shiny and beautiful perfect ten that lasts for at least two weeks!
Table of Contents
- Things You’ll Need to Make Acrylic Nails Smooth and Shiny:
- 1Begin with a clean slate.
- 2File and shape nails using a course sponge buffer.
- 3Smooth tops of nails with a high grit file.
- 4Finish nails with a gel top coat to add shine.
- Tips and Warnings & Resources to Make Your Acrylic Nails Smooth and Shiny
Things You’ll Need to Make Acrylic Nails Smooth and Shiny:
1Begin with a clean slate.
Even if there is no polish on your acrylic nails, run one cotton ball dipped in acetone-free nail polish remover over your nails.
The remover makes your nail bed free from any natural oils that may cause premature chipping of the polish. Before swiping the remover over your digits, check each nail for cracks, lifting, chips or damage to the cuticle.
2File and shape nails using a course sponge buffer.
For an inexpensive set of sponge buffers that are really cheap and effective, buy the Flash Shiner Nail Buffer. With over 535 reviews on Amazon, this best selling buffer add shine to acrylics and natural nails.
Always finish buffing with strokes from the center of your nail outward to create a snag-free edge. After smoothing the nails with the buffer, wash your hands to remove any dust from your nail bed.
3Smooth tops of nails with a high grit file.
Gently rub the 180 grit buffer across the top of the nail for 3 to 5 strokes per nail. Using a gentle side-to-side motion move the finishing file across the top and sides of your nails to add a high shine.
4Finish nails with a gel top coat to add shine.
This 2016 Allure best of beauty award-winning product creates a dense, super-shiny layer of shine that is long-lasting and wow-worthy.
Allow nails to dry thoroughly for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
Tips and Warnings & Resources to Make Your Acrylic Nails Smooth and Shiny
- If you are placing a layer of nail polish on your acrylics, use a clear air-dry top coat instead of the gel top coat to add shine. If the nail polish is not completely dry on your nails, it may crack the gel top coat.
- When adding a colored polish to your acrylic nails, add a base coat first, before applying the final nail color and your air-dry top coat.
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