How To Use A Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit At Home In 7 Simple Steps - Fabulyst (2023)

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Whether you’re anything like us and can’t stand spending hours sitting around getting your nails done at your local salon (seriously, why is it soboring?), or you’re simply interested in saving some money and learning how to do your nails by yourself.

The Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit is a beginner-friendly first step into the world of DIY acrylic nails.

If you’re currently planning on trying your hand at your own acrylic nails (pardon the pun) and you’re a little bit scared of giving it a go for the first time – then rest assured that you’re not alone.

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There’s no denying that acrylics are pretty technical and require plenty of know-how and correct technique, but luckily enough, we’re here to lend you a helping hand in that department.

In this ultimate guide to doing your very own acrylic nails from home, we’re going to be talking you through how to do your very own acrylics with the bestselling, cult-favorite Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit.

From preparation to application and tips on how to make your acrylic nails last longer – we’ve covered allbases to guarantee professional results.

So, nail file at the ready? Whenever you’re ready, let’s jump right in!

Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit: First Impressions

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One of the best parts about the Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit is that it comes with everything you need to do a set of acrylic nails.

We really like this, because it means that you won’t have to worry about trying to figure out what you might need to successfully do your very own acrylics – let alone what the cost might be!

Instead, the Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit is a simplified and easy-to-follow kit that is suitable for nail buffs of all levels and abilities – you can even use this kit if you have never attempted to do your own acrylic nails before!

If you don’t yet have your Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit at hand or you’re not sure how to tell what from what, here’s a quick breakdown of what comes inside your Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit:

  • Nail tips
  • Acrylic dip powder
  • Acrylic Liquid
  • Fat drying glue
  • Application brush
  • File
  • Cuticle pusher

As you might have already been able to guess, the Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit is slightly different follows a slightly simplified approach to doing your own acrylic nails.

This is precisely why it’s so great for first-timers, or for those who aren’t overly confident in the application of acrylic.

This means that armed with this particular acrylic nail kit, you won’t need to worry about having to go to the hassle of using an electric drill, as the dip powder is specifically designed to apply smoothly and evenly.

This means that you’ll end up with professional finish acrylics, time and time again!

To follow onward, let’s take a look at our 7 step checklist:

  1. The preparation of your natural nails, including pushing back the cuticles
  2. Choosing the right nail tips that will fit the individual shape and size of your natural nails
  3. Application of the nail tips
  4. The preparation of the acrylic liquid and powder
  5. Application of the acrylic to the natural nail
  6. Buffing, filing, and shaping the acrylic nails
  7. Coloring the nails and maintaining them

Why Should You Choose The Kiss Acrylic NailKit?

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If you’ve already gotten this far into this guide, then we’re going to assume that you’ve already got your own Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit, or you’re waiting for it to arrive in the mail!

Nevertheless, if you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should use it for your nails, then there are a variety of benefits that will come along with opting for the Acrylic Nail Kit over other methods of acrylic nail application.

For starters, as we have already mentioned above, one of the biggest benefits of opting to use the Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit is that you won’t need to worry about going to the often annoying trouble of heading down to your local nail salon.

You will be able to do your acrylic nails from the comfort of your very own home.

Thanks to this, it means that you won’t need to worry about having to deal with long wait times or making small talk, which is often one of the biggest annoyances that most people tend to experience when hitting the salon for a fresh mani.

In addition to that, another big benefit of choosing to use a Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit over other methods of acrylic nail application is that it is more convenient and will fit into a hectic, busy lifestyle.

It’s a well-known fact that, besides offering a simplified way to do acrylic nails, the Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit also offers one of the quickest ways to achieve acrylic nails, as it requires fewer steps than other methods.

So, regardless of whether you’re a busy mom that doesn’t have a whole lot of time to herself, or you spend your days in back to back meetings and carrying out the daily commute – the Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit will ensure that you never have to be without your perfectly manicured nails.

Another big benefit of using a Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit over getting them down by a professional nail technician is that you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

If you’re a seasoned acrylic nail haver, then we’re sure that you’ll be in complete agreement with us when we say that, when it comes to acrylic nails – after that very first time getting them, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of always having them.

Getting regular infills every 2-3 weeks can easily add up to quite a lot of money throughout the month, and this financial commitment isn’t always something that people want to keep up with.

This is why the Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit is such a great alternative!

At a fraction of the cost of what it would cost to get your nails professionally done at your favorite salon.

The Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit will allow you to achieve professional-quality nails at a fraction of what you would usually spend at your bi-weekly nail salon visit.

Last but certainly not least, one of the biggest benefits that you can expect from using the Kiss Nail Acrylic set is the ability to fix your acrylic nails in the event that one of them pops off, or you notice that one of those cracks/chips.

As we’re sure you’re already well familiar with, going and getting an acrylic nail fixed is one of the most frustrating things to have to do, especially when you already don’t have a lot of time to spare throughout your busy life.

However, if you decide to opt for the Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit, if you do find that a nail breaks and you need to repair it, you will have all of the resources you need to go ahead and fix up your nail with a brand new one yourself. Impressive or what?

How To Use The Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit:Step-By-Step Instructions!

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So, now that you know about what the Acrylic Nail Kit entails and all of the benefits that you can expect to get from this kit, in particular, we are now going to be taking the time to talk you through how to use this Acrylic Nail Kit!

As we have already briefly touched upon throughout this guide, using the Acrylic Nail Kit is one of the easiest ways to apply acrylic out of all the other do it yourself alternatives to heading down to the nail salon.

This means that it comes with everything that you’ll need to do your nail by yourself.

From the file to the glue, nail tips to the acrylic powder – you won’t need to worry about having to go to the trouble of purchasing anything separately, which will also mean that you get the very best value for your money, too.

Nevertheless, even though the Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit has built up a reputation for being one of the easiest-to-use acrylic DIY kits on the market right now, it can still seem a little bit confusing to use -especially if it’s going to be your first time.

So, to help make sure that your first time attempting to do your own acrylic nails is a success, below we are going to be providing you with some super simple and easy to follow instructions for your Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit.

Whenever you’re ready, let’s take a look at them below:

Set Up Your Workspace

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First things first, you’re going to need to make sure that you have set up your workspace prior to even thinking about grabbing a nail file.

By taking the time to set up your workspace, you will have a clean and organized area to do your nails properly.

This will help to ensure that you end up with professional quality nails – even if it’s going to be your very first time attempting to do them by yourself.

Take your Acrylic Nail Kit out of its packaging and set everything up on your chosen surface (table or desk is best).

If you don’t want to make a mess, then we recommend putting down a protective cover over the surface of the table/desk you are going to be doing your nails on, such as clean paper cloths.

Ideally, we recommend that you do your nails in a well-lit area of your home, as a low-lit area might mean that you struggle to do your acrylic nails to the standard that you would like.

However, if you do not have an area of your home that is well-lit by sunlight or you’re simply planning on doing your nails later in the day, then doing your nails in a well-lit room (such as right next to a lamp) will work just as well.

Once you have picked the appropriate space for doing your nails, we then recommend that you grab yourself a seat with adequate support, as you’re going to be sat down in one spot for about an hour.

As a side note, we also recommend that you set everything up on a desk or table, as this will be optimally comfortable for the position that you’re going to be sitting in while applying the acrylic.

Prepare Your Natural Nails

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After you have finished setting up your nail station workspace, you will then be ready to go ahead and jump right in with the manicure process!

Before doing so, though, we recommend that you grab some water and change into a set of comfy clothing, as like we said, you’re going to be doing your nails for a minimum period of around one hour.

While you’re at it, why don’t you put some music on or your favorite movie?

As we’re sure you’re already well aware, doing acrylic nails can be quite a lengthy process, so some background entertainment will help to prevent you from becoming bored halfway through!

When you’re ready to begin, you’re going to need to prepare your natural nails ready for the application of acrylic powder and liquid.

To do this, you’re going to first need to make sure that your natural nails are completely bare, which will mean removing leftover nail polish or acrylic from your previous manicure.

After you have cleaned your nails and removed the leftover polish/acrylic, you will then need to shape your nails so that the tips can be applied more easily.

To do this, trim down your nails if they are long, and then go in with the included nail filing emery board that would have come with the kit to help roughen up the texture of your natural nails.

It’s very important that you take the time to give your natural nails some roughed-up texture.

Otherwise you’re going to find that your acrylic nails pop off far quicker than you would like, as the acrylic won’t be able to bond itself properly to a smooth surface.

After you have done this, proceed to take the included cuticle pusher and gently push back your cuticles so that they won’t get in the way when it’s time for you to apply the acrylic.

To finish off, take a piece of cotton and gently wipe it across the surface of each nail to help remove any oily residue.

The last thing that you want to do is apply acrylic to an oily nail, as the acrylic won’t be able to bond itself properly to your nails, and will inevitably lead to them popping off way sooner than you would like.

Apply The Tips

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After your natural nails have been prepared, you will then be ready to apply the false tips!

As you will see from your Kiss Acrylic Nail Kit, there are a variety of different sizes available for you to choose from, which means that you will need to spend a few moments comparing the different sizes to find the ones that fit closely to your natural nail sizes.

As soon as you find the sizes that fit each nail best, you will then need to go ahead and grab the nail glue and apply them to each of your nails.

For the best results (and to avoid getting into any sticky situations) we recommend that you apply the glue into the tip of the nail extension, and then apply that directly to your natural nail.

Applying to your natural nail can also work just as well, but do keep in mind that there’s a greater chance of the glue running off the nail and onto your fingers, and that could get messy!

Remember, when you apply each tip to your natural nails, the goal is to only apply it to the very top of your nail bed so as to leave enough space for the acrylic to be applied, too.

If you apply the fake nails across the entirety of your nail beds, then you’re going to find that the acrylic you apply over the top will make no difference, as it will not have been applied to your natural nail bed, and in turn, will not have correctly bonded.

Once you have done this, you can then apply a primer if you have one.

Apply The Acrylic

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After you have applied the nail extensions to your natural nails, you will then be ready to go ahead and apply the acrylic.

To do this, you’re going to first need to take the acrylic liquid bottle and the acrylic powder container that will have come inside your Kiss kit.

Take a dish and pour the powder in, and then take another dish and pour the liquid in.

Keep in mind that the liquid smells very strong and contains fumes that you shouldn’t inhale too much of, which is why we recommend putting on a mask and opening a window for this step.

With your brush, dip it into the liquid and wipe the excess off on one side only, before proceeding to dip the brush into the powder – creating a circular ball that is the size of about a pea.

When you’re ready, take your chosen finger and apply the acrylic ball into the middle of your nail, and begin to gently drag the acrylic in a tapping motion across either side of your nail.

Once you have done this, begin to work the acrylic up to the top of your nail, finishing with pulling the acrylic neatly downwards until it meets the edge of your cuticle line.

Once you have done this, tap the sides of your nail to help even out any thicker areas of acrylic, and brush over the nail a few times to help make sure that the acrylic has been evenly distributed.

Continue doing this until all nails have acrylic on them.

Shape And Color

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Once you have finished applying the acrylic, you will then be ready to shape the nails into your desired look – such as a coffin or square shape.

After doing this, you should smooth out any imperfections or bumps across the surface until the acrylic feels smooth and even across all nails, as this will ensure that the polish you choose will glide on more easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Need Nail Primers?

While not everyone uses a nail primer, we do recommend that you use one as it will help to increase the acrylics’ ability to bond to your natural nails.

How To Make Acrylics Last?

To make acrylics last, you should make sure to reapply your topcoat after around a week, avoid putting any undue pressure on your nails, and make sure that you take the time to properly prepare your natural nails.

Is Kiss A Good Brand?

Yes! Kiss is a well-respected and reputable nail brand – and their Acrylic Kit is a shining example of their industry expertise!

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How to do nails at home step by step? ›

  1. Step 1: Clean your nails with polish remover. ...
  2. Step 2: Clip, file, and buff. ...
  3. Step 3: Push back your cuticles. ...
  4. Step 4: Exfoliate your hands. ...
  5. Step 5: Moisturize your hands and cuticles. ...
  6. Step 6: Apply a base coat. ...
  7. Step 7: Apply your first coat of color. ...
  8. Step 8: Apply your second coat of color.
Feb 10, 2022

How long do kiss acrylic nails stay on? ›

These nails last about a week if you use the glue included in the nail kit. If you're looking to wear the Salon Acrylic Natural nails by KISS, you'll also get about a week of wear out of them. The time you can wear your nails depends on how much you use your hands.

What do you need to do acrylic nails for beginners? ›

What you'll need
  1. Nail file.
  2. Nail drill.
  3. Nail primer.
  4. EMA liquid monomer.
  5. Cuticle oil.
  6. Acrylic dip powder.
  7. Nail tip.
  8. Top coat seal.
Jun 1, 2021

What do I need for my first time doing acrylic nails? ›

The products you'll need:
  1. Cuticle Pusher.
  2. Nail File & Buffing Block.
  3. Nail Prep/Dehydrator.
  4. Acid Free Nail Primer.
  5. Dappen Dish.
  6. Acrylic Nail Brush.
  7. Lint Free Wipes.
  8. Acrylic Powder.
Sep 26, 2019

How do you apply acrylic powder to nails for beginners? ›

Use the tip of your brush to push the product in near the cuticle and then use the body of the brush to work the product up the nail and toward the free edge. You'll want to leave the apex of the nail slightly thicker, this is where you'll want some extra strength because it is the stress point of the nail.

What is the activator for in the kiss nail kit? ›

Salon Dip Activator bonds & cures layers as part of the KISS Salon Dip Color System. 7.5mL (0.25 oz.)

What is activator for nails? ›

Activator: Activator is the third step in our dipping system. It reacts to Base and cures all layers of powder without the use of a UV/LED lamp. As Activator chemically bonds to Base and dipping powder, each layer hardens and delivers easy workability for buffing.

How do you dip your own acrylic nails? ›

How To Do A Dip Manicure At Home
  1. Prep. Using the Cuticle Pusher or Birchwood Stick, gently push back your cuticles. ...
  2. Prime. Apply ASP Quick Dip: Step 1 Nail Primer. ...
  3. Dip. Apply ASP Quick Dip: Step 2 Base & Top Gel Coat to the entire nail bed. ...
  4. Repeat. ...
  5. Activate. ...
  6. File & Finish.

Can I teach myself to do nails? ›

When you begin to play around with acrylic nails, they can be a huge amount of fun, but “self-taught” nail enthusiasts beware: Acrylic nails require a bit of experience and training to be handled professionally. Learning how to become a manicurist is more than just getting the right tools and practicing a lot.

How long do kiss nails take to dry? ›

Super strong instant bond nail glue with patented PowerFlex™ technology dries in 3 seconds! Extended nozzle tip for precision placement of glue. Flex formula has ultra hold and dries instantly.

How do stick on Kiss nails last? ›

It's extremely important to moisturize your hands and especially your cuticles before a press-on nail application. This will ensure the press-on nails can firmly bond to your nail bed, which will make them last much longer. All it takes is some cuticle care and an application of cuticle oil or another moisturizer.

Are kiss nails waterproof? ›

The false nails come ready to wear, no polish required and no drying time! They're also easy to apply, chip proof, waterproof, super durable, smudge free, and they don't damage your natural nails. Kit contains 30 Nails, Prep Pad, Mini File, and Manicure Stick.

Why do acrylic nails hurt? ›

The lower density of your nails makes any pulling effect from your acrylic painful. It will almost feel like it is tugging on your skin. However, as your natural nails grow back its base, the pain is expected to go away, except in cases where there is temporary or permanent damage to the natural nail.

What happens if you leave acrylic nails on too long? ›

Finally, leaving your fake nails on for too long can result in infection due to trapped moisture underneath the tips. If this happens, the only way forward is to seek medical advice and have your artificial nails removed by a professional. If you get to this point, you need to re-set and start again.

Is acrylic easy for beginners? ›

Acrylics are great for beginners. They are fairly easy to use, dry quickly and are cheaper to buy than oils or watercolours. A few simple acrylic painting tips will help you get started and enjoy the process of creating.

What not to do with acrylic nails? ›

You should avoid products with acetone because it will cause your acrylic nails to deteriorate. Acetone will also leave pits and make your nails soft. Aside from acetone, avoid anything that has the potential of damaging the acrylic. You should say no to high heat and chemicals such as turpentine and Goo-Gone.

Is acrylic good for beginners? ›

Acrylic paint is pretty easy to work with, making it a great option for beginners. We use acrylic paint because it dries very quickly. For at-home painting, watercolor paint is also a beginner-friendly paint that is convenient and easy to clean up.

How should acrylic nails look from the side? ›

First, a sidewall must extend straight out from the cuticle to the free edge on both sides. When you look at the nail from the side or the top, the sides should be straight. This means that you can't favour one side or the other if you're right- or left-handed; both sides must look the same.

Why do my acrylics feel weird? ›

They can be uncomfortable

If you're new to the acrylics trend, then they will probably feel a bit stiff and uncomfortable. This is usually because you won't be used to the length of your nails so they will feel different.

How long does it take a beginner to do acrylic nails? ›

With a less experienced technician, it can take 1.5 hours or more.

Do you use water with acrylic powder? ›

According to DeEnterprises' Peter DeSantis, water-cured acrylics can seem similar to traditional acrylics in that the nail technician mixes a powder and a liquid together to sculpt an artificial nail. The difference is that warm water is needed to cure the acrylic.

What do you mix with acrylic powder? ›

Acrylic powder mixes with acrylic liquid to become moldable and spreadable, but time and air drying will make the mixture harden and form the shapes of nails, ready to be painted with whatever creative combination of colors you choose.

What liquid do you mix with acrylic nail powder? ›

Acrylic liquid, also known as an acrylic monomer, is an essential component of acrylic nails. It is a clear, odorless liquid that polymerizes when mixed with a powder to form a hard, durable resin.

Which goes first brush on gel or activator? ›

Complete dominant hand first. Avoiding skin and cuticle area, apply an even layer of Brush-on Gel to one nail as you would polish. Next, over WET GEL, use brush from Brush Cleaner and dip into Activator. Apply a thin coat of Activator over WET GEL as you would apply polish.

Do you file before or after activator? ›

File and Buff: After your coat of Activator has dried, use the buffer to buff the tops of each nail. Repeat Steps Three and Four Again: Add another layer of Activator and wait two minutes. Then buff one more time. Top Coat: Apply “Top 3” from your NailBoo Kit to each nail.

What does brush on activator do? ›

Brush On Activator is designed to be used as part of any dip system. Once you have completed the dipping process as the name suggests this activator should be brushed onto your dip resin. Brush On dries dip resins and cyanoacrylate glues quickly.

Is monomer the same as activator? ›

Yes. Dip powder activator is the same thing as monomer liquid and can be used to activate dip powder as it's very similar in chemical composition to acrylic powder.

Do you apply nail hardener everyday? ›

To repair damaged nails, a nail strengthener should be applied every day or every other day for 7-14 days in order to see optimal results. For preventative nail maintenance, a nail strengthener can be applied once a week or with each new manicure as a basecoat.

Which is better gel or dip? ›

"Gel polish provides flexibility which may feel more natural and is great on healthy natural nails. Weak or damaged nails that need more strength may prefer the hardness of dip powder," says Di Lullo. So, if you're using your hands a lot, dip powder should be your go-to, as it's also more scratch-resistant than gel.

Is dip or acrylic better? ›

Dip Nails Last Longer

One of the biggest advantages of dip nails is their longevity. Whilst acrylic nails tend to last between two to three weeks before needing a touch-up at the salon, dip nails can last up to four weeks. Dip nails also last longer than gels.

Can you dip short nails? ›

If you have nails that are barely longer than your fingertips, it's actually recommended for you to apply dip powder on short natural nails and NOT use fake nail tips while you grow them out. This will protect your short nails, prevent them from breaking, and help them gain strength.

What are the 5 basic nail designs? ›

Most clients lean toward one of five basic nail shapes: square, round, oval, squoval, or pointed.

What is the new nail trend for 2022? ›

In 2022, don't be afraid to experiment with your summer nail polish colors. Go bold with bright shades, or opt for a chic design in muted colors. One of the hottest nail color trends for summer is neon manicures. If you don't like bright colors, don't worry, there are plenty of other designs.

What is the easiest way to do nail art? ›

Start with simple designs

Apply a base coat. Apply two coats of your chosen colour all over the nail. Leave them to set. Use your dotting pen or bobby pin at a ninety-degree angle and spot dots across your entire nail or for something more simple, simply create one dot above your half-moon.

How to learn nail art? ›

  1. Diploma in Nail Art and Extension: 1 month.
  2. Certificate in 3D Nail Art: 2 weeks.
  3. Diploma in Nail Technician/ Nail Art: 2 months.
May 15, 2021

How do you paint your nails like a pro in minutes? ›

7 Tips to Apply Nail Polish Like a Pro
Jun 24, 2015

Can a 12 year old do nails? ›

Because there is no legal restriction on the age of a client who can receive nail enhancements, you should discuss you concerns with you employer and together draw up a release form for young clients' parents to sign.

Is doing nails a skill? ›

Being a Nail Tech, like many other specialties that fall beneath the aesthetician category, requires not only technical skill to be successful. Anyone can do nails, but the great nail technicians are truly artists. They can use colors and textures to create works of art for their clients.

How long is nail tech school? ›

How Long Does It Take to Complete a Nail Technician Program? Most nail technician programs take an average of 300 to 600 hours to complete. Program start times and lengths vary, but you can typically complete a nail tech program between three to nine months depending on your ability to attend school part- or full-time.

Does the kiss acrylic nail kit need a UV light? ›

Q: do you need a uv lamp to dry your acrylic nails??

A: No UV lamp is needed with this kit!

Do acrylic nails go under light? ›

Acrylic nails are cured by air and gel nails have to be placed under a UV light.

Can acrylic dry without a UV lamp? ›

Thankfully, there are alternative ways to cure gel polish with less UV exposure. While only an LED lamp can cure your polish as quickly and effectively as a UV light, using a non-UV gel polish, applying a drying agent, or soaking your nails in ice water could work as well.

How do you harden acrylic nails? ›

Leave to cure (dry) for 2 minutes under a UV lamp (or 1 minute for a LED lamp). – When the time is up, remove your hand. 12. Finish off the look by adding a stroke of cuticle oil to the cuticle area of each nail and rub in with your fingers.

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