Tips on Using Acrylic nail Powder
First a note about working with Crazy Glue
Crazy glue is volatile, powerful stuff. The fumes can be irritating to your eyes,sinuses etc. Use it with extreme caution. Common sense rules apply here. Don’t glue your fingers together, Don’t glue glue foreign objects, pets, etc to yourself. Don’t get this stuff near your eyes,face or anything that’s not a fingernail. The method below is the one I use. Try it at your own risk. Be careful Good luck.
1. Make sure you have a clean area to work in, and have some tissues or paper towels handy. Open the jar of nail powder.
2. With the fine file, smooth the surface of the nail a little. Smooth out the tip of the nail as well, removing any fuzz.
3. Apply a small drop of Crazy Glue to he middle of the nail, and use the tip of the Crazy Glue tube to (they now have Crazy Glue with brushes. Use these if you can find them. to spread a thin layer of glues downward to the tip of the nail. (I only cover the lower half of the nail). Try to spread the glue evenly all the way tot the outer sides and over the edge of the nail tip without going to the underside of the nail. Let it fry completely. About 5 minutes or so. In high humidity it will take longer to day.
4. Apply another drop and of glue and spread it out as above. While the nail is wet, dip it into the powder. The nail will absorb some of the powder. Give this about 5 minutes to dry. You’ll want to make sure the upper edge of the glue line (the area closest to the cuticle) is a smooth, clean line, with a low “profile.” Try not to get this edge lumpy.
5. Remove excess powder with a small brush or blow it off. Repeat step 4 until the nail is the desired thickness. Ideally do three applications of the power. Ve careful not to use too much glue, as it will run into the little crevice where the side of the nail joins the finger. I this happens try to use a corner of the tissue to remove it before it dries. Remember also to wait at least 5 minutes (ten is better) before applying more glue. Too much glue and powder at once will result in a big soft blob of glue on your nails that will take hours to dry.
6. Once the nail is completely dry you can begin smoothing it out with a file. If you’re using the Hawaiian Shine file (recommended- available in the online store) start with red side and don’t use too much pressure. If you can smell Crazy Glue the nail may not be completely dry, so give it a little more time. You want the finished acrylic stuff to be clear, not cloudy or blotchy. If you can wait a couple of hours the acrylic should be fully hardened and ready to sand without worry. Smooth out the entire surface of the nail including the very tip. The very trip of the nail should be shiny like glass, and not too thick or thin. Ideally I like the nail tip to be fairly thin and slightly rounded (viewed edgewise).
7. Using your left (or untreated) hand, wipe the sweet tears of pride from your quivering cheeks; you are now a walking work of art!!
MAINTAINING ACRYLIC NAILS:
Acrylic nails often begin to separate from the actual nail after a couple of weeks. Deepening on your level of activity and nail abuse, this could happen sooner or later for you. Often you can work a drop of Krazy Glue into the separated area and glue it back down. (remember the cautionary advice above) Eventually the acrylic will work itself loose and will have to be replaced. Be careful when you’re trying to remove acrylic remnants from your nails, as you can rip your real nails up a bit. You’ll notice that your nail is thinner when the acrylic is removed; the glue and powder don’t eat away the nail as some believe. The nail is basically laminated, and when you pull off the acrylic one thin layer of this laminate often goes with it. No Problem.
You’ll notice that your nails will get much longer with acrylic due to the fact that they don’t wear down as quickly. You can keep this in check with regular filing and polishing.