DIY Acrylic Style Nails

5 step inexpensive and simple nail process to achieve natural looking acrylic style nails!


Step 1 Gather Materials: All of the materials you need can be found at any beauty supply store like Sally’s. You will need the following.

  • Terrific Tips Precision Fit Nail Tips
  • Omega Labs Brush-On Nail Glue
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file

Make sure when you buy the nail tips you examine the base of the nail. It should be rounded to be able to fit the base of your natural nail almost perfectly. I use the plus size nail tips. I have narrow nails, but the smaller sizes in the package fit seamlessly onto my nail bed.

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Step 2 Find Your Nail SizePick out all of the nails you will be using. Lay the nail tip on top of your natural nail to decide which sizes will look the most natural on your hands.


Each nail is numbered at the very top, I suggest jotting down a quick note of which size nail you like for each finger, to speed up the process for next time. For me, even the smallest size nail is too large for my pinky. To get it to the right size, I grab the smallest nail tip and file the base until it is narrow enough to fit my nail.

Tip *you will not use al of the sizes* If you don’t want to waste the larger size nail tips, you can file those down to fit as well, but takes more time and won’t look as flawless.

I lay out all of the nail sizes I have chosen in order of how they will be put on, shown in the photo above.

Step 3 Glue on Nails: First, make sure your natural nails are cut down, and simply brush the glue onto the nail. Place the nail exactly where you want it and press down for a few seconds. img_5270.jpg

Tip For best results, lightly file over your natural nail before gluing. This will allow the nail glue to sink into the tiny scratches for a better hold.

Step 4 Shape: Decide on a shape and length. I always go to either the coffin nail, or a rounded stiletto. I use my nail clippers to clip my nails to about the length I want. I leave them long at first, you can always clip them shorter once you start shaping.


Then I use a large and rough nail file to create the shape I want. I have chosen a long rounded stiletto for this look. This way, in about a week I can cut them shorter and shape them differently if I want to reuse the same nails.

Step 5 Paint: You will not need a base coat for these nails, nor do you need to buff them. I always go for a natural color, one of my favorites is OPI’s “Bubble Bath” which is a very natural, soft pink. img_5272-e1502473205407.jpg

This color is very shear, so I use 2 to 3 coats, and then apply a single coat of the OPI Infinite Shine clear polish to lock in the color and for extra shine.


These can last for a few days or a few weeks depending on how well you glue them to begin with, and how well you take care of them. About a week in the glue may start to lose it’s hold. When I feel them becoming loose, I pop some off and re glue them.

For me this isn’t an issue. I get bored with my nails and like the change the color weekly, so this has turned out to be a fun project that I do once every week or two.

If you are looking to save some money on nails for the month, have a special event coming up, or don’t feel like going to the salon, I definitely recommend trying!

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