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How to strengthen your nails with acrylic powder: step by step


Source: Lisa

We understand what this product is used in the nail-industry and what important properties it possesses, on which nails it is especially recommended to be applied, and also share step-by-step instructions with a photo on applying a particularly resistant coating.

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Manicure gel varnish has a number of undoubted advantages, for which we love millions of women around the world, writes Lisa. Firstly, this option lasts much longer than usual. Secondly, with him you can without fear of doing any household work, taking baths and doing other procedures. Thirdly, contrary to rumors, it does not spoil the nails by itself and even makes it possible to grow a beautiful length. Strengthening the nails with acrylic powder, which we decided to describe in detail in our material, can especially help with this.


Acrylic powder (also called “velvet sand” and “velveteen coating”) is a synthetic material made from acrylic acid. This material is used in cosmetology and has the appearance of a colorless powder or powder of natural white or other light shades. Its main feature is that it is able to make any coating over which it is applied stronger. In addition, it is perfectly resistant to elevated temperatures.

Despite all this, the velvet coating has a rather porous and “breathing” structure, due to which air is provided. The composition prevents the formation of not quite aesthetic bubbles, which sometimes appear on the surface after applying gel polish.

Who can help?

First and foremost, such a product as acrylic powder is worth looking at girls whose nails are very thin and tend to bend. As a rule, such a nail plate cannot be grown, as it breaks immediately.

The sand will appeal to girls whose nails themselves are prone to brittleness and delamination. The product is suitable for those who do not stick shellac on nails for more than one or two weeks. With this fortification, you can forget about new coverage for up to three to four weeks.

In addition, the manicure, in which acrylic powder is used, looks more natural and natural, unlike the manicure with a build-up. It also strengthens and prevents the nail plate from bending during regrowth and maintains the shape of the nail as specified during the manicure procedure.


The main drawback of the composition is very difficult to remove. Unfortunately, “velvet sand” cannot be removed using acetone-containing washes. It can only be cut down. If you do a manicure in the salon - there is nothing to worry about, because the master clearly knows how to work with this material correctly and will easily remove it with the help of a special device.

But when working at home alone, difficulties may arise: if you overdo it, you can easily “cut through” and damage your nail plate, and this, in turn, can lead to its injury and subsequent discharge from the nail bed. That is why it is very important to work carefully and use only a small abrasive nail file.

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Strengthening acrylic powder under the gel varnish step by step

When you already know a lot about this product for strengthening nails, let's figure out how to properly use it in manicure.

First, find out what tools you may need:

  • manicure set for the initial preparation of the nail plate;
  • tools and tools for processing the cuticle;
  • bafik and various nail files;
  • obestirivatel;
  • antiseptic;
  • reasonably dense silicone basecoat;
  • directly powder itself;
  • device for sprinkling with powder - it can be a nail pad or any other tool. If there is nothing, a table knife will do;
  • special nail brush or a regular old toothbrush;
  • colored gel-varnish;
  • top coat to complete the manicure;
  • Ultraviolet lamp;
  • cotton pads and sticks.

When you are convinced that you have all the above components, you can begin the process.

  1. To begin, perform the usual hygienic manicure using the necessary tools: remove the cuticle, remove excess length and give the nail plate the correct shape.
  2. Then you need to sand the nail plate to remove excess gloss from the nails. This will help you soft file or nail buff. It is important to completely remove the gloss to keep the coating better.
  3. After that, remove the dust from the nails that has accumulated after sanding with the help of a scrubber. Treat your nails with an antiseptic. This is done in order to avoid possible dirt and fungus development. Once again, walk on the nails with a degreaser.
  4. Apply a base in one or two layers, as you usually do, but do not rush to remove marigolds in the UV lamp for drying. Take a handy fixture and use it to scoop a sufficient amount of acrylic from the jar.
  5. Sprinkle it evenly on the nails so that there are no voids left and that the powder covers well the entire nail plate.
  6. After that, put your hand in the UV lamp to dry the coating for 2 − 3 minutes, no less.
  7. After drying, carefully examine the result. Remove residual acrylic powder with a special brush. If you see that the sand is unevenly distributed and some bumps have formed, they should be polished to obtain a uniform layer.
  8. Next, on a rough surface resulting from the application of velvet sand, gel varnish is applied in one or two layers and further possible decor. All layers are dried in the UV lamp as much as is usually required. If you planned only to strengthen the nails, but not to apply a color coating, you can skip this step altogether.
  9. Then apply a top finish in one or two layers. They are also dried in the UV lamp.
  10. At the end, a sticky layer is removed from the nails using a degreaser and finally cuticle oil is applied. Done!

By the way! It is not necessary to apply firming sand to the entire surface of the nail. If you wish or need, you can only strengthen problem areas: for example, the free edge of the nail plate or the side zones. After that, you need to align the borders with a soft nail file and apply another layer of the base so that the plate becomes visually even.

In addition, you can apply the product not on all nails, but only on those problematic ones that often break or are chipped.

Now you know how to apply acrylic powder to strengthen the nails. As can be seen from the description, the procedure is very simple and quite accessible to everyone who already makes shellac at home.

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Other product uses

This product can be easily purchased at large specialized cosmetics stores, in departments for nail-art or ordered online. In addition to the basic strengthening of nails, powder is also used in other manicure techniques.

For example, it is often the velvet sand that is used to apply the so-called “knitted” pattern-sweater to the nails. Due to the sand, you can give the volume of any pattern, so it is often applied on top of it.

Sometimes the nail plates are completely covered with velvet sand of both finer and larger grinding to create the effect of “sugar” or “marmalade” nail tips.

How long does such a composition hold? It is not hard to guess that, due to the cementing properties of sand, such a manicure can hold 2 − 3 times longer than usual, does not have chips and firmly protects your coating from any damage.

Choosing a tool, it is important to consider what you expect from him. It is worth looking at the color options if you are going to make the effect of sugar nails. If you want to apply the composition only for the purpose of strengthening, without using any colored pigment on top - only the base and top - you should choose the colorless and most imperceptible option.

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