Acrylic Nail Art

Acrylic Nail Art Title
There are two main types of acrylic nail art technique.

Acrylic EmbossAcrylic 3D

  1. Emboss Technique – Emboss nail art is a raised design which will be made on the nails.
  2. 3D Technique – 3D nail art will be made separately from the nail (eg. on an aluminium foil sheet), and then assembled on the nail to form a design.

 

Acrylic Nail Art Part 1 – Emboss Technique

What you need
Acrylic Nail Art Equipment for Emboss

  1. Acrylic Nail Brushes
  2. Acrylic Liquid
  3. Acrylic Powders
  4. Paper Towel

*This page has Acrylic Nail Art techniques only.
To learn the basics of Acrylic Nails, please click through.

The Basic Emboss

Let’s practice picking the same sized mixtures every time.

  1. Pick a small ball of pink acrylic mixture and place it onto the nail.

Picking Acrylic Mixture

  1. Gently press the centre of the mixture with the brush tip to create a vertical dent. Keep adding a few more petals in the same way to make a flower. *Allow each mixture enough drying time so that they won’t merge together.

Creating an Acrylic Flower

  1. Place a small ball of yellow mixture in the middle of the flower to complete.

Finish Acrylic Flowers

Gradient Emboss

You can create a gradient mixture by picking two or more different colors at the same time.

  1. Pick a small amount of yellow acrylic mixture, and then pick a green mixture with the end of the yellow mixture.

Picking 2 Acrylic Colors

  1. Place the mixture onto the nail and shape it into a leaf.

Multi Color Acrylic Petal

  1. Keep adding more leaves in the same way. Apply top coat to complete.

Completed Flower Acrylic Nail Design

Various Emboss Shapes

These are the common shapes and techniques to start with.

Love Heart Shape

  1. Pick a ball of red acrylic mixture and place it onto the nail. Drag the bottom of the mixture downwards to shape one side of the love heart.

Using Red Acrylic Mixture

  1. Create the other half of the heart in the same way. Push the ends together to connect. It is easier to do this while the first mixture is still wet and soft so that both mixtures will naturally merge together.

Acrylic Love Heart

Bow Shape

  1. Pick a large ball of pink acrylic mixture and place it onto the nail. Firmly press and drag the mixture to make a shape which looks like a thick petal.

Pink Acrylic Mixture

  1. Push from both sides to narrow the end.
  2. Lightly push the other side inwards to create a dent.

Pink Acrylic Bow

  1. Create the other half of the bow in the same way, keeping a small space in between.

Shape the Bow

  1. Place a small ball of mixture in the middle and spread to cover both ends of the previous mixtures.

Finish the Bow

  1. Decorate as much as you want in the same way. Apply top coat to complete.

Completed Acrylic Nail Design - Love Heart and Bow

Hand Paint on Emboss Nail Art

Adding some hand painted designs will make the emboss nail art even cuter!

  1. Create some emboss designs. Hand paint directly onto the emboss design with Acrylic Paints. (Details on Hand Painted Nail Art)

Adding Hand Painted Designs to Acrylic

  1. Allow the hand painted design to dry and apply top coat.


Hand Painted Acrylic Design

Acrylic Nail Art Part 2 – 3D Technique

  1. Biscuit Shape – The 3D basics
  2. Flower – Assembling the 3D parts
  3. Curved Leaves – Shaping the 3D parts
  4. Bow
  5. Rose

What you need
Acrylic Nail Art Equipment for 3D

  1. Acrylic Nail Brushes
  2. Acrylic Liquid / Brush Cleaner
  3. Acrylic Powders
  4. Paper Towel
  5. Aluminium Foil Sheet
  6. Stick
  7. Tweezers

*This page has Acrylic Nail Art techniques only.
To learn about the basics of Acrylic Nails, please click through.

3D Nail Art – Biscuit Shape

The biscuit shape that we are going to make is NOT real food. Even though they look quite tempting, do not put them into your mouth!

  1. Place a ball of golden brown acrylic mixture onto a piece of aluminium foil.
  2. Flatten to make it into a coin shape.

Brown Acrylic Mixture

  1. Make some holes with a toothpick.

Using a toothpick to make holes in acrylic mixture

  1. Attach it to the nail with a small amount of acrylic mixture underneath.

Acrylic Cookie

  1. You can make some other shapes in the same way. This one is a sandwich biscuit!

Acrylic Oreo Biscuit

  1. Attach these parts with small balls of acrylic mixture as adhesive. Apply top coat to complete.

Completed Acrylic Nails - Cookies and Treats

3D Nail Art – Flower

  1. Place a small ball of orange mixture onto a piece of aluminium foil. Shape it into a petal. Flatten the half of the mixture and stroke from both sides to sharpen the end.

Orange Acrylic Mixture

  1. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make 5 petals.

Making Acrylic Petals

  1. Place a small ball of pale yellow mixture onto the nail. Then quickly stick the petals into the mixture.

Add Acrylic Petals to Mixture

  1. When the petals are settled in their spot, add a small ball of mixture on top to secure the petals.

Completed Acrylic 3D Flower

3D Nail Art – Curved Leaves

Create curved or slightly bent 3D parts using a stick shaped tools (e.g pens, a paper towel core etc.).

  1. Wrap the tool with a piece of aluminium foil and secure with sticky tape.

Curved Aluminium Foil

  1. Place a small ball of mixture and shape it into a leaf.

Curved Acrylic Flower Petals

  1. Add a small amount of acrylic mixture on the nail and stick the leaves into the mixture. Apply top coat on top and behind the 3D parts to complete.

Completed Acrylic Flower with 3D Leaves

How to make 3D Bow

Use the Acrylic Nail Brush Cleaner instead of Acrylic Liquid to slow down the hardening process.

  1. Place a large ball of white mixture onto a piece of aluminium foil and flatten. Add more mixture on the side to create an oval to rectangle shape.

White Acrylic Mixture

  1. Carefully remove the thin sheet of mixture from the foil.

Flatten Acrylic Mixture

  1. Cut 2 straight lines along either side of the mixture to create a main sheet

Cutting Acrylic Mixture

  1. Cut 1 straight line on the extra strip from Step 3. Set aside.

Cut Extra Strip

  1. Fold the main sheet in half and then fold the top ¼ and bottom ¼ backwards.

Folding Acrylic Mixture

  1. Apply a small amount of nail glue in between the folds and hold it until they set.

Hold Acrylic Bow

  1. Turn it over. Apply a small amount of nail glue and fold both ends inwards.

Add Glue to Acrylic Bow

  1. Apply a small amount of nail glue on the top and bottom of the center and then wrap the extra strip which was set aside in Step 4. Hold it to set.

Finish 3D Acrylic Bow

  1. Cut off the extra strip and attach to the nail. Apply top coat to complete.

Completed 3D Acrylic Design - Bow

How to make 3D rose

Use the Acrylic Nail Brush Cleaner instead of Acrylic Liquid to slow down the hardening process.

  1. Place a small amount of white mixture onto a piece of aluminium foil. Press to flatten.

Flatten White Acrylic Mixture

  1. Shape it into a thin and wide petal.

Shape into a Petal

  1. Repeat Step 1 and 2 to make about 8 petals in various sizes.

Make 8 Acrylic Petals

  1. Apply a small dot of nail glue on the base of the smallest petal and wrap it to make a swirl

Make a Petal Swirl

  1. Apply glue on another petal. Wrap just the bottom half of the first petal from Step 4.

Add glue to petal

  1. Repeat Step 5 attach more petals. Slightly bend each petal outwards to make them look like a real rose.

Making an Acrylic Rose

  1. Cut the bottom to make it straight.

Finish 3D Acrylic Rose

  1. Attach the rose onto the nail with a small amount of acrylic mixture. Apply top coat to complete.

Completed 3D Rose Acrylic Nail Art

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