One of the ways that you could design your nails with is applying the acrylic nails, those artificial nails that could give your natural and real ones the chance to appear longer and neater. The acrylic nails are dealt with as extensions for the nails, they help in making them appear longer and thus deal with any kind of art that the woman wants to apply on them. Unlike the gel nail polish which comes in all the different colors and shades, the acrylic nails could be applied in colors and could be applied with a transparent color as well that will give you the chance to color it the way you prefer. There are different nice acrylic nail designs that you could try, whether you need them to look natural or not.
Natural Acrylic Nail Designs
Acrylic nails are not natural by any means, but sometimes you could choose colors that would give you the feeling of being natural and at the same time, apply them with an acceptable length; one that is not too short and not too long. Always keep in mind that making those extra-long nails will only attract people to the way your nails look unnatural, so it is better to choose the length that will give you easiness while using your hands and at the same time, help you look real.
All the different designs that you do on your real nails could be done on the artificial acrylic ones, but it is important to know how they are supposed to be removed in order not to ruin the acrylic and be forced to remove and re-apply it one more time. When you remove any of the designs that you have applied over the acrylic artificial nails, make sure to use a non-acetone remover because the acetone is the one used in removing the acrylic nails.
When it comes to the simple acrylic nail ideas, it means that there are some steps which you are supposed to keep in mind in order to apply it the right way. Since we have mentioned that it will be a natural design, it means that you should use nude and bright colors, and this is the first step to take in order to apply the acrylic nails.
Here are the steps that you will need to go through:
- Wash Your Hands
Yes, this is considered one important step that you are not supposed to overlook; your hands need to be washed thoroughly in order to be clean and ready for the process of applying the acrylic nails. If you are going to do it all at home by yourself then washing the hands will be easy, but if you are visiting the nail salon and meeting your nail technician to get your hands done, you have to wash your hands the time you arrive or at least take a hand sanitizer with you and use it before you start.
- Remove Any Old Nail Polish
Part of cleaning your hands include removing any old nail polish you might still have on the nails; your nails should never get the acrylic artificial ones applied unless the nails are clean and totally free from any old nail polish that might be already there.
- Trim and Cut Your Nails
It is better to trim and cut your nails to a length that will give the acrylic the chance to fit perfectly on your nail beds, because the long nails will never make it easy for the acrylic to sit on them. When you trim your nails, start filing them to get the shape that will also make it easier for you to apply the acrylic nails. The acrylic nails will cover the whole fingernail, so it is always better to prepare them with the needed length and shape to make the whole thing easier.
Another important thing about filing the nails is filing the top layer of the nail in order to remove the shine that it has, but when you do so, make sure that you are using the soft file type that will not harm the nails. This step is needed because it makes it easier for the acrylic to stick to the nails.
- Push Back Your Cuticles
As much as it might be annoying and painful, it is always better than trimming the cuticles completely. Never ever think about cutting or removing your cuticles because this is going to ruin your hands and might cause infections, you are supposed to push them back in order to give the acrylic the chance to sit on your nails. If you can’t handle the pain, you could soak your hands in warm water for a couple of minutes and then do this step immediately when you bring your hands out; this will make the hands and the cuticles soft and easy to be pushed back.
- Apply Nail Prep and Primer
The process of applying acrylic nails is a tiring one and that is why they always say that preventing your nails from being exposed to all these chemicals is considered much better. The coming step and the one that is closer to the point where you will apply the acrylic itself is applying the nail prep which removes the excess moisture and oil from the nail bed. After you apply this nail prep, you will need to apply the primer which will dry the nails to a flaky white, and even if the view might not be a good one, it is considered the best when it comes to applying acrylic.
- Start Applying the Acrylic Nails
This is the important step that you will need to pay attention to in order to apply the acrylic nails with the designs that look more natural. In the beginning, it is important to know that acrylic is done with using two different ingredients; powder and liquid. You will start by dipping the brush into the monomer, which is the liquid, and then collect a bit of powder on the tip; this will give you the chance to go further than what you think.
This bead which you have formed on the brush with the powder and liquid will need to go on your nails and then be flattened with the tip of the brush. You will start from the bottom, the part closer to the cuticles, and then flatten the acrylic to the tips of the nails from both sides then the middle. Repeat this process on all the nails and then leave them to dry.
- Start Coloring Your Nails
Some women prefer to apply tips to their nails and then color them, but there are those who prefer to keep them more natural and start coloring them right away after applying the acrylic. You should make sure at the beginning that you have applied a transparent acrylic color in order to be able to top it with different others, and then choose any of the colors or designs that you want and which will make your nails look as natural as possible.
Basic Acrylic Nail Designs
There are always simple things that could make a design or break it and from these things, colors are your rescuer; they could handle the nails and make them look natural, but they could also do the opposite and make them appear fake, so always pay attention to the colors you are choosing. There are some cute designs for acrylic nails which you could choose from, such as:
- French Manicure
French nail design is one of the easiest to apply and one of the most natural that you could have, and that is why you should always give yourself the chance to try it on your acrylic nails. Since you are searching for a natural design, you could do the French manicure with using the stickers specialized for it; coloring the tips with white and the rest of the nails with transparent, nude, or rose nail polish.
- Just Apply One Color
Having acrylic nails is a design by itself, but if you want to have acrylic nails with design that makes it look a little bit different then the least you could do is color all the nails with the same nail polish color; one that will look natural and at the same time, will make it simple and easy. From the colors that you could choose, there is the nude, the transparent, rose, and you could use things that would give a little color to the nails such as off-white or bois de rose for example.
- Draw Some Kind of Art
Natural look does not mean to have totally plain nails, but it means to have acrylic nails or even a design on them but which at the same time will give others the feeling that you just applied manicure on your nails and did nothing more about it. Nail art for acrylic nails include drawing simple and small flowers on the nails, but this might look too much if applied on all of them, so you could choose only one fingernail from each hand and do that piece of art on it. To look more fashionable and trendy, use your ring finger for that design that you want; it will suit it the most.
There aren’t a lot of natural looks to choose from when you are trying to color your acrylic artificial nails, but if you have those nails that you hate, which are short, eaten, and not good looking, you could always apply the transparent acrylic nails and leave them the way they are without any decorations or with just a coat of a nude nail polish color, and you will have the most natural looking nails in the world.