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The Dictionary of Acrylic Nails

The Dictionary of Acrylic Nails 2019

Find out everything you need to know before you start crafting Acrylic Nails.

Acrylic Nails materias 2019

Whether you’re interested in the world of acrylic nails, you can’t live without them, you want to devote yourself to this cosmetic activity or you’re just looking forward to knowing all the details about the products that are used, here’s an informative glossary that will answer all your questions.

A

AIRBRUSH.

A compressed air atomizer, which comes with templates and paints; can be used to spray complex designs with ease and speed.

Uses: An excellent way to be creative when the manicurist has doubts about their hand painting skills.

Tips: It is advisable to use special masks or lenses and take special care for the use of flammable products such as nail paints.

Need Level: 5

ACETONE.

acetone for acrylic nails 2019

A colorless, flammable liquid that evaporates easily that is an important solvent in the nail business.

Usage: Works alone or in conjunction with water to soften acrylic during the nail or residue removal process and as a nail enamel remover.

acrylic nails acetone 2019

Tips: It can be dangerous if used improperly, therefore it’s important to follow the warnings on the label and instructions.

Need Level: 8

ACRIGEL.

acrylic nails acrygel 2019

Acrigel it’s a technique derived from a combination of the words acrylic and gel that involves the use of these two materials on natural nails.

Usage: The acrylic powder and gel base strengthens the nails and allows them to acquire the strength of acrylic with the soaking capacity of the gel.

Tips: Although it is safe like the other products used for this type of procedure, it is noteworthy to be aware of allergic reactions and avoid inhalation.

Need Level: 7

ACRYLIC BATH.

Acrylic bath 2019
Acrylic bath

It is a technique that involves the application of an acrylic layer on natural nails.

Usage: It is used for people with weak and fragile nails, to enhance both the appearance and strength.

Tips: It is essential to prepare the nail before the procedure and once the acrylic is applied, it is necessary to verify that there are no protuberances or lumps.

Need Level: 8

ACRYLIC BRUSHES.

ACRYLIC NAILS BRUSHES 2019
ACRYLIC NAILS BRUSHES

Professional brushes for sculpting acrylic nails with first quality natural hair and specific cuts.

Usage: Technicians use them to sculpt and decorate nails; there are UV gel brushes, acrylic nail brushes and there are also nail art brushes.

Tips: It is advisable to remove the adhesive material from the hair before the first use and then soak it in liquid. After use, wash, dry and wipe with a tissue.

Need level: 10

ACRYLIC NAIL TIPS.

ACRYLIC NAIL TIPS

Extensions made of plastic for domestic use, but also professional.

Usage: They are used to achieve extensions on gel, acrylic or fiberglass nails.

ACRYLIC NAILS TIPS 2019

Tips: It is advisable to follow the same indications and apply the same care as during the procedure with the other techniques; they do not work as false nails but rather to lengthen.

Need Level: 5

B

BUFFER.

acrylic nails buffer 2019
Acrylic Nails Buffer

A cube-shaped cosmetic tool with different limes on each side designed to brighten the nails.

Usage: Serves to soften the grooves and generally leads to a certain amount of shine on the nails, which can then be polished by the softer or less abrasive side.

Tips: It is important to be very careful not to break the skin around the nails, which could cause discomfort or infections.

Need Level: 9

BUILDER GEL.

BUILDER GEL 2019

High quality UV or LED curable hard gel that provides good structure and durability to nails.

Usage: Can be used to create and build shapes, with the ability to add more strength; can also change the shape of a flat nail and keeps it from breaking easily.

Tips: Nail preparation is key; make sure your hands and nails have been cleaned and are dry before you start.

Need Level: 9

C

CUTICLE OIL.

CUTICLE OIL 2019

A moisturizing product for nails and cuticles made up of vegetable oils and sometimes with vitamins and citric acid.

Usage: It boosts the circulation around the nails and stimulates their growth; protects the enamel for a long-lasting shine.

Tips: It should be used in small quantities; you only need a couple of drops with a cotton ball or a brush.

Need Level: 10

COLOUR GEL.

COLOUR GEL 2019
Used to make 3D designs

Highly pigmented gel, which is available in different color combinations.

Usage: They come in shades of nail enamel and harden when cured under a UV or LED lamp; for decorative purposes.

Tips: Caution is necessary when applying, as a thick layer can prevent the nails from receiving oxygen.

Need Level: 3

E

ELECTRIC NAIL DRILL.

ELECTRIC NAIL DRILL

Electric appliance with removable and sterilizable tips, which works with electricity and has several speeds.

Usage: It is used as a polisher or for professional nail filling and also for shaping acrylic nails in general.

Tips: It is important to use it carefully on the nails, to avoid harming the skin around.

Need Level: 8

ENAMEL REMOVER.

Acrylic nails ENAMEL REMOVER

Acetone-free liquid removers usually made of ethyl acetate. Made of ethanol and acetic acid, it is colorless and also flammable.

Usage: Remove nail polish, although without a debilitating effect, so it can be used safely on acrylic nails.

Tips: Beauty salons are advised to choose isopropyl acetone, methyl ethyl ketone and n-methyl pyrrolidone free nail polish remover, as these chemicals can cause damage.

Need Level: 10

F

FIBERGLASS NAIL POLISH.

FIBERGLASS NAIL POLISH 2019

Also known as silk wraps refers to the use of thin, flexible products made from silk, fiberglass, or other fabrics.

Usage: Applied for additional reinforcement, such as a natural nail coating or can even be embedded into acrylics for strength and reinforcement.

Tips: Poor hygiene and inadequate care can lead to bacterial and fungal infections.

Need Level: 4

FINISHING WIPES.

FINISHING WIPES 2019

Liquid cleaners with essential oils to remove the adhesive layer that may remain after treatment. 

Usage: They are used to remove that sticky layer the gel leaves once it dries; it also serves to brighten the nails.

Tips: It is for external use only and it is recommended to avoid contact with the eyes or mouth.

Need Level: 10

FORMS.

acrylic nails moulds

Also known as shapes, they resemble decals and are placed on top of the nail, representing a guide.

Usage: The molds are used to lengthen acrylic nails and other materials, without the need to use tips.

Tips: They are not reusable; that is to say, once they have been used it is necessary to dispose of them.

Need Level: 10

G

GLITTER.

ACRYLIC NAILS GLITTER 2019

Colored glosses formed by hundreds of small pieces of copolymer plastics, aluminium foil, titanium dioxide and iron oxides.

Usage: Can be used with gel, nail enamel or acrylic for original designs; resistant to solvents.

Tips: When working only with nail enamel, apply a top layer to seal the gloss.

Need Level: 1

GUILLOTINE.

ACRYLIC NAILS GUILLOTINE

Also known as an acrylic nail cutter, it is a professional use tool for acrylic nails, artificial nails, natural nails and gel nails.

Usage: With its blade, you can cut nails to any desired style and length without putting any other pressure on it.

Tips: It is advised to be lightweight and comfortable to handle with an ergonomic handle. Plus, high quality stainless steel, sharp and corrosion resistant.

Need Level: 10

GEL NAILS REFILL

GEL ACRYLIC NAILS REFILL

It is a technique that involves placing a layer of gel between the acrylic nail and the natural nail once the latter has grown.

Usage: This procedure is used three or four weeks after the placement of the acrylic nails, for makeup without the need to make a new mold.

Tips: It is advisable to be as precise as possible so that the nail has a uniform appearance.

Need Level: 10

L

LIQUID MONOMER.

acrylic nails LIQUID MONOMER

A strong, clear, odourless liquid that provides flexibility for the material while creating the nail design.

Usage: Being a high quality liquid, it is capable of providing an adequate curing time for acrylic nail powders.

Tips: It is important to know that it should not be mixed with ingredients from other brands and it is also advisable to perform an allergy test before it is applied to the nails.

Need Level: 10

LAMPS.

acrylic nails LAMPS

Devices with ultraviolet wavelengths that activate the photoinitiators in the gel (UV) or that use narrower UV wavelengths to cure it faster (LED).

Usage: They are used for curing acrylic nails and also for faster drying of nail polishes.

Tips: The potential damage or side effects of exposure to UV rays from lamps is actually minimal.

Need Level: 10

N

NAIL ENAMEL.

NAIL ENAMEL 2019

Non-toxic liquid, which contains chemicals to help with application, drying, gloss and lasting adhesion to the nail.

Usage: Applied to dye the nails and make them shiny, this is a normally colored product and cosmetic use.

Tips: Always check the ingredients contained, buy the best brands, discard them when they have a strange consistency and keep them in cool places.

Need Level: 6

NAIL FILE.

ACRYLIC NAIL FILE

A small, narrow instrument with rounded tips – it can be made of metal or cardboard – with a rough or emery surface.

Usage: To shape the nails, so that they acquire a uniform aspect; they are the fastest way to build the perfect base for a manicure.

NAIL FILE 2019

Tips: It is recommended that they are thin and ultra-friendly for your nails; also that they are comfortable when holding, that they do the work fast and leave a smooth and clean surface.

Need Level: 10

NAIL GLUE.

ACRYLIC NAIL GLUE

Substance containing sulphates, parabens, alcohol and silicone, except if it is special for allergic people.

Usage: It is used to fix the tips of the natural nail when this technique is used for the assembly of acrylic.

Tips: Read carefully the instructions and use carefully to avoid that the skin around is affected.

Need Level: 5

NAIL BUFFING.

ACRYLIC NailS buffing

The main idea of this procedure is to make the outer surface of the nail shine by applying a constant and uniform pressure with a buffer.

Usage: Stimulates blood circulation in the hands, which could promote the growth of naturally healthy nails as a consequence.

Tips: Nail polishing can be done once a month so as not to wear down the surface of the nail; polish in one direction and use a gentle touch.

Need Level: 10

O

ORANGE STICK.

acrylic nails ORANGE STICK

A thin, rounded stick, originally made of orange wood, which has sharp ends.

Usage: It is widely used in salons for care, mainly to push cuticles or clean nails.

Tips: Along with nail files, orange sticks, being porous, can harbor and produce bacteria; therefore they should always be new.

Need Level: 10

P

PRECISION BRUSH

ACRYLIC NAILS PRECISION BRUSH

Fine, elongated tools, also known as striping brush, works incredibly well with gels, acrylic paints and polishes, 

Usage: They are used for the decoration of acrylic nails, because they are useful at the time of creating designs, on all those that imply abstract forms and objects.

Tips: As it is a reusable tool, it is recommended to sterilize before each use. Not recommended for acrylic powder use.

Need Level: 8

POLYMETHYLMETHACRYLATE.

Polimero acrylic nails 2019
Polymer powder

Polymer powder, also known as acrylic powder.

Usage: Produces a very rigid and inflexible plastic, but can be mixed with softer polymers to improve flexibility; when dried produces a hard resin that resembles a nail.

Tips: It is advisable to work with caution when handling these substances and always wear a mask.

Need Level: 10

PRIMER.

Acrylic Nails Primer 2019

A liquid that must be applied before starting the acrylic nail application process that can contain methacrylic acid or not.

Usage: It is used to give a natural nail the capacity to adhere the material that will be applied, be it acrylic or gel.

Tips: When applying the first one, be aware of the possibility of an allergic reaction.

Need Level: 10

R

RESIN MODIFIERS.

Acrylic Nails RESIN MODIFIERS

Ingredients added to the monomer liquid and polymer powder to control resin properties.

acrylic nails RESIN MODIFIERS 19

Usage: Particularly used to attach polymer chains to make the plastic stiffer and to improve resin performance.

Tips: Gloves and masks are recommended when the manicurist handles this type of substance.

Need Level: 10

RESIN.

acrylic nails RESIN

A common fast-acting adhesive that cures and hardens when exposed to moisture.

Usage: It is a composite mixture that can be molded to mimic the appearance of the materials and is used to glue your nails to the molds.

Tips: Although it is a non-toxic antiseptic glue, it should be used cautiously and not abusively.

Need Level: 10

T

TWEEZERS TO REMOVE ACRYLIC NAILS.

TWEEZERS TO REMOVE ACRYLIC NAILS

Small reusable tools in the form of tweezers.

Usage: With the help of cottons soaked in acetone or another remover, they work to soften the acrylic that will be removed later.

Tips: It is advisable to avoid exceeding the time set out in the product instructions as well as to clean the product immediately after use.

Need Level: 5

U

UV GEL.

Acrylic nails UV GEL

A very thin, light-coloured gel that is applied directly to the natural nail.

Usage: Helps protect nails from daily abuse and is applied to strengthen them instead of getting acrylics.

Tips: Check and do an allergy test before applying directly on the nail; check that the consistency is right.

Need Level 6

Dictionary of Acrylic Nails
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Now that you’ve learned everything you need to know about creating acrylic nails, it’s time to put your artistic ideas into practice. You only need the proper tools and techniques. So, what are you waiting for? :O