Acrylic nails are designed to enhance the appearance and strength of your actual nail. Acrylic nails usually provide a more uniformed and longer-lasting manicured style that can last for weeks. The shape, length and thickness are customizable to the style and design that the wearer really wants.
If you have decided to enter the acrylic nail fray, below you’ll learn everything about acrylic nails and will also find 51 stylish acrylic nail designs for your inspiration.
Acrylic Nails: Contents
1. What Are Acrylic Nails?
2. Differences Between Acrylic Nails, Shellac and Gel Nails
3. How to Do Acrylic Nails
4. DIY Acrylic Nails At Home
5. Acrylic Nail Shapes
6. How Much Acrylic Nails Cost
7. How to Fill In Acrylic Nails
8. How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last?
9. How to Care for Acrylic Nails
10. How to Remove Acrylic Nails
11. Pros and Cons of Acrylic Nails
12. Acrylic Nail Designs
Acrylic nails have a long history of dependability and durability that people enjoy. I can attest to this as I wore acrylic nails for years – I loved them. They look good, they are strong and they made my hands look amazing.
Acrylic nails are basically a protective layer, once described by Dana Stern, a board-certified dermatologist and nail specialist, as a coat of armor for nails. Most nail specialists do not recommend nail additions at all, as they can actually weaken nails in the long term (unlike dip powder nails), but let’s be honest, we like the look so most of us will get them anyway for various reasons.
If you have naturally weak nails and it seems like nothing else is working, acrylics could be a great option for you. The acrylic nails are added and built up to the right shape and thickness for your nails. The actual acrylic is a combination of a powder polymer and liquid monomer that cures as it dries into the hard nail covers we know and love.
Acrylic nails, shellac and gel nails can be easily confused, if you are not familiar with each nail treatment and what to expect. Acrylic and gel nails are enhancements that are placed over your actual nail, typically in an attempt to lengthen them to one uniform length and shape, and then carry a design on top.
Shellac is the design. With acrylics, the technician can glue on a fake nail, trim it to the right length and then apply the acrylic over it, or they can attach a shield that they build the nail with the acrylic combination. Acrylic nails are also done in an effort to strengthen nails that are already long in order to prevent them from breaking as easily as they would naturally. Once applied the acrylics just have to dry, be shaped and painted.
Gel nails can be placed in much the same way acrylics are, but there is a different formula to build the nail enhancement and a different way to treat it. Gel nails are also known as UV gels because they use UV light to cure the gel formula, though there are other methods (like the no light gels) that you can choose from.
Shellac manicure is a blended use of nail polish and gel to make the design or color remain shiny and last much longer than the nail polish would on its own. The reason that shellac is so often confused with gel and acrylic nail treatments is because of ‘Gel Manicures’, which are essentially shellac. The small amount of the gel used to seal in the color is often just attributed to gel nails, causing confusion for the customer and the tech, if the request is not explained.
At the salon, acrylic nails are applied in much the same way every time, everywhere. The process is nearly a science, but definitely an art as the sculpting portion alone is detailed and fantastic. Here is the process of getting a full set of acrylic nails in a typical nail salon:
• Any old nail polish is removed.
• A regular nail extension is attached to your nail with nail glue.
• The extension is cut to the desired length.
• The nail surface is roughed up a bit to ensure better adhesion.
• A bonding agent and acrylic powder are applied to the natural nail and the nail extension.
• The tech allows the acrylic to dry making certain that it is not on the skin.
• Once dried, the nail tech shapes the nail with a collection of electric files and buffers until the nails reach the right thickness and shape.
• The nails are then buffed with a hand buffer.
• The nail tech applies nourishing and moisturizing oil to your cuticles.
• The nail tech will wash your hands, apply lotion and give you a hand massage (typically up the forearms).
• Finally, the nail polish, any art and the top coat are applied, and the nails are set to dry.
At home, the process is incredibly similar, but because you lack the technique and skills of a tech, the details are very important, and most DIY acrylic nail kits will do their best to make it easy for you.
Many of the kits include everything you will need: nail file, nail buffer, acrylic liquid, acrylic powder and acrylic brush and an acrylic dish, as well as a non-acetone nail polish remover (for mistakes with polish) and a nail primer.
• First remove any old nail polish.
• Next choose your tips – match them up to your fingernails to make certain each one is the right size, then use nail glue to glue the nail tips on.
• Make certain each nail extension is not too big, and if it is the nearest size, file the sides down a bit to make it fit better.
• Be careful not to use too much glue – you don’t want the glue to touch your skin.
• Dab a small dot of glue on the tip and spread it from side to side and press it to your natural nail.
• Press the nail down for five seconds to allow the glue to dry and the nail to adhere.
• Once the nail is secure, trim down the length of the extension to the right length.
• Make certain the next step is done in a well-ventilated area. Put your liquid acrylic into the acrylic dish.
• Put the powder into a separate dish.
• Set up a few folded paper towels nearby.
• Dip the acrylic brush into the liquid and press the brush all the way down and wait for all the bubbles to dissipate, and then slide the brush on the edge of the bowl to remove any excess liquid acrylic.
• Dip the brush in a small sweep through the acrylic powder to create a small, moist ball of acrylic material on the end of the brush.
• The right ratio of liquid and powdered acrylic will not drip off the brush but will stay in a small bead at the end. The bead should be moist and spreadable.
• If you need to redo your blend of the acrylic liquid and powder on the brush, wipe off the initial attempt on the napkin and repeat the above steps.
• Between additions of the acrylic to the nail, wipe off excess on the napkin/paper towels to keep the acrylic from bonding to the brush. Make certain to do this between each wipe on the nails.
• Do not put the acrylic on your skin or cuticle. Make certain to start just a few millimeters away from the cuticle so that the acrylic bonds to your nail, not your skin.
• Wait approximately 10 minutes for the acrylic to dry and set (it won’t be pretty yet.). You can test the acrylic nails by tapping the surface with the handle of the acrylic brush – if you hear a clicking sound, your nails are set!
• Use a coarse nail file, (preferably electronic for speed) to shape the tips and then file them down to the desired length. Use a 180-grit one to shape the nails, a 240-grit file to remove any scratches from the 180-grit and finish up with a 1000-grit to shape. For a stunning shiny finish, follow up with a 4000-grit file.
• Paint your nails!
With acrylic nails you can choose to have any nail shape you want, and the popularity of some over others can vary. Some of the most popular acrylic nail shapes currently are:
• Coffin shaped acrylic nails are similar in shape to ballerina and stiletto shapes, but with a squared tip. The name is chosen because of the resemblance to the shape of a coffin. People do grow their nails out to a good length for this and then have them shaped, but this is a far easier style to achieve with a set of acrylic nails.
• Lipstick acrylic nails follow the same curve as a tube of lipstick for a pretty interesting look. The sides are straight, while the top of the nail features a diagonal curve. There are quite a few variations on the lipstick nail shape, but the general rule of shape is the same.
• Duck shaped acrylic nails are flared. These are certainly eye-catching, but take more getting used to than other styles and shapes, as the dimensions at the end of your hand flare out rather than whittle down. The shape does not change the width on the nail beds, further enhancing the flared shape at the end. Duck nails are ideal for expansive art thanks to the increased nail surface.
• Mountain shaped acrylic nails (also known as stiletto shaped acrylic nails) are getting as popular as coffin shaped nails thanks to their prevalence on red carpets. The key features for mountain shaped nails are length and a pointed tip. The shape is easy to replicate on both natural nails and enhanced nails, but it certainly looks better on acrylic nails.
• Squoval shaped acrylic nails have the perfect combination of the straight walled nail beds of square shaped nails and the smooth oval top of the oval shaped nail. This is a universally flattering shape that is very easy to maintain.
• Almond shaped acrylic nails help promote the appearance of lengthy, dainty fingers with a chic end. This shape is typically for shorter nail lengths, so maintaining a shorter length is important, and it can be done on natural or acrylic nails.
• Oval shaped nails are the obvious result of combining almond, square and rounded nail shapes on acrylic nails. The more rounded look is considered to be inherently feminine, and the shape is easy to achieve with natural and acrylic nails.
• Round shaped nails are the perfect easy-to-do and -maintain shape for short nails. If you are not looking to seriously extend, just protect your nails with a coat of acrylic, you can always go with the round shape. It is a very natural look that is easily one of the most appealing and non-assuming.
• Square shaped nails are ideal for anyone with a wider nail bed, as they can be filed down to the appropriate square shape (for a French manicure, for example). It honestly is flattering on all hands regardless of the size of the nail beds.
• Square shaped nails with a point are definitely a bit edgier. These are definitely ‘square looking’ nails, as the right angled sharp pointed edges are not rounded out. The look is easily distinguishable and iconic.
Choosing the shape of your acrylic nails is as individual as the style of manicure or nail art that you get. It is fun to try out new shapes that may be slightly out of your comfort zone, but you never know what you might get attached to.
Getting a full set of acrylic nails can cost a good amount anywhere for $30 for a bare-bones basic set to more $200 depending on the location and any additional services included. The cost of a fill will never be anywhere near as high as the cost of the initial set, as a fill is basically a touch-up service that happens every few weeks.
Mostly, the cost of the service is going to depend on your location. I would suggest starting a search based on your zip code to see what the highest rated places around you are charging. If you wonder what actually goes into building the price of a full set, here are a few considerations.
The expertise of your tech is going to start the cost of your full set of acrylic nails. The next consideration that goes into building the price is the type of set you are getting – will this be a clear set of acrylic nails? Will you have nail art?
Natural looking acrylic nail sets are often the least expensive, followed by a simple coat of color and finally the range of nail art. The amount of art that can be displayed on the small surface of a fingernail – even an extended one – can be pretty amazing.
This includes not just the design, but also the shape of the nail, as certain shapes require more sculpting than others. It is best to research options, like some of those offered in this article, and find out what appeals to you most, then request a quote based on that design.
Acrylic nails will have to be filled in every 2 to 3 weeks to keep them looking pristine. You can learn to fill in your acrylic nails on your own if push comes to shove, but the process does not take as long as the initial install whether done by you or by the tech.
If you are looking to fill in your acrylic nails yourself, it works very similarly to installing them. You’ll need the same kit supplies mentioned earlier: a nail file, nail buffer, acrylic liquid, acrylic powder and an acrylic brush and an acrylic dish, as well as a non-acetone nail polish remover (which will remove the nail polish without damaging the acrylic beneath) and a nail primer.
• Remove the old polish with the non-acetone nail polish remover.
• Wash your hands thoroughly, and then dry them to eliminate likelihood of an infection.
• Buff away any acrylic that might have lifted up as your nail grew out – you don’t want a seam. Be sure to buff away only the acrylic so you don’t damage your nail bed.
• Apply 2 to 3 coats of nail primer to the newly grown nail surface, making certain to allow each layer to dry completely before applying the next coat.
• Prepare and apply the acrylic in the same method as mentioned above, but only place the acrylic mixture on the natural nail and only the amount needed to meet the existing acrylic smoothly. If needed, do another coat of the acrylic to make certain the surfaces line up smoothly.
• Dry your acrylic nails.
• File your nail length down if you like and buffer the entire nail to achieve a smooth, uniform texture.
• Paint your nails!
Between fill-ins, acrylic nails typically last up to 3 weeks before they very obviously need to be tended to. It is ideal not to wait any longer than 3 weeks before getting your acrylic nails filled in or filling them in yourself.
Any period of time longer than 3 weeks makes the acrylic nails more prone to breakage, and by then the nail polish is beginning to appear dull just from the daily use of your hands.
• First and foremost get to know your nail tech. When you find YOUR nail tech (and a backup that they recommend for when they are out of town) that will keep your acrylic nails looking impeccable, everything is golden.
You will know reliably that your nails will look good, they will know when to expect you and vice versa. You won’t have to explain your personal style too often and it will be easier for your nail tech to design looks for you or get your nail art or manicure just right.
Also I cannot stress this enough – tip well! Acrylic nails are art – show your artist some appreciation, keep them just as happy to see you as you are to see them, someone whose work you appreciate and wear. You’ll also know how much your fill-ins will cost reliably, which will allow you to budget well to maintain your acrylics.
• Secondly keep your acrylic nails clean – scrub like a surgeon. Make certain you get under your nails when you wash your hands and get used to gently using a nail brush to get any mess out from under your tips. You’d be surprised how often makeup gets under longer nails, just as an example.
• You also want to keep your acrylic nails as dry as possible in order to prevent the acrylic overlays from lifting. Whenever you take a shower, wash your hands or swim, make sure to thoroughly dry your hands and nails, also get used to washing the dishes wearing gloves.
• Also moisturize your hands! Moisturizing is good for your hands but it can also help to extend the life of your acrylics.
• Steer clear of acetone-based nail polish removers, which can make acrylic deteriorate. Also keep your acrylic nails polished by using long-lasting good-quality nail polishes and top coats.
• Fix any damaged nails as soon as possible, and make sure to schedule regular fills.
• Finally and most importantly, allergic reactions can develop at any time. I don’t say this to scare you – it is a reality. If you start to notice burning, itching, peeling or swelling around your nails, call your nail tech and if necessary, your doctor. Your body signals when something is wrong so pay attention and act quickly.
In some cases it may be a reaction to the chemicals, you could have an infection, it could be something, and even though it is rare, you should keep an eye out no matter what you are using.
Removing acrylic nails is done one of two main ways. The first is the quickest but can be really annoying for those with weaker or more brittle nails. With this method, the acrylic nail is clipped down around the edges, and they use faux nail to slip in between the acrylic nail and the natural nail. The fake nail is slid around between the acrylic and natural nail until the acrylic comes off.
The second method is gentler but also more time consuming. The acrylic nails are soaked in acetone, then filed down a bit, and the process repeated until the old set is completely removed. Both of these methods can be done at home or at the nail salon.
You should no way remove acrylic nails by filing away the hardened acrylic paste or snapping off the nail tips, as you are likely to cause damage to your own natural nails by following any of those methods of removing acrylic nails.
Below you’ll find the detailed explanation on how to remove acrylic nails at home.
Method 1: Splitting the Acrylic from the Nail
With this method, you use either a fake nail to slide beneath and pry off the false nail or the preferred splitting method using dental floss. When using the fake nail to split the acrylic from your fingernail, it can be done alone or with help. When returning to the salon, most places use another fake nail to remove the acrylics.
If you are using dental floss, you will need help from someone else because it requires 2 hands to use it properly. Here are the steps:
• Step 1: Clip down the acrylic nail to where your nail ends.
• Step 2: Find the seam and slide either the tip of the fake nail or the dental floss into the seam.
• Step 3: Gradually and carefully work either the nail or the floss further into the seam until the acrylic pops off completely.
• Step 4: When using the floss, have the person move the floss side to side lightly to help work it under the acrylic.
• Step 5: Moisturize your hands and use a nail strengthener afterwards.
This method will completely remove the acrylic nail without chemicals, but your nails will likely still be weakened beneath the acrylics. Taking care of them right away is the best way to go.
Method 2: Soak Your Acrylic Nails off with Acetone
When soaking your acrylic nails off with acetone, you can do so one of two ways. You can soak your fingernails in a bowl of high acetone nail polish remover or pure acetone, which will essentially melt off the acrylic nails.
The other method involves soaking a cotton ball in the acetone or nail polish remover, placing the soaked cotton ball on your fingernails and securing them to your nails using foil. In either case, soaking the acrylic nails off will take at least 20 minutes. Here are the steps:
• Step 1: Remove your nail polish. The color can cloud the liquid, making it difficult to judge how much the acrylic nails have disintegrated, and the color can also redistribute on the cuticles.
• Step 2: Wash and dry your hands and under your nails.
• Step 3: Push back your cuticles.
• Step 4: Apply Vaseline or coconut oil to your cuticles and the skin around your nails to protect them from the acetone.
• Step 5: Fill a small bowl with acetone or soak your cotton balls in the acetone.
• Step 6: Start the soaking process either by using the soaked cotton ball and foil or holding your fingernails in the acetone in a small bowl.
• Step 7: As the acetone melts off, push it off with a craft stick or an orange cuticle stick.
• Step 8: Continue removing the acrylic until there is just a thin layer left on the nail.
• Step 9: Let your hands dry, then use a buffer to remove the remainder of the acrylic.
• Step 10: Moisturize your hands and use a nail strengthener afterwards.
Please note that when using acetone to remove acrylic nails you should work in a well ventilated area because of the fumes and be aware that you will need to moisturize your nails afterwards. The nail glue from the application and the acetone from the removal will dry them out. Many people leave a thin layer of acrylic on the nails to offer some protection, as they will be thinner than normal.
There are at-home acrylic nail removal kits available that will help you remove the acrylic nails, but most of them utilize a version of the two methods mentioned above, which will also cost you much less and can be used in other ways. The benefit to the kits is that they usually include a cuticle oil or nail hardener in the kit as well.
As with everything, there are upsides and downsides to acrylic nails. The great majority of cons associated with any type of acrylic nail is when it is applied incorrectly. That part is out of the control of a customer who may not know the process, but if you feel like something is wrong, go get it fixed.
• Acrylic nails are cost effective.
• All types of acrylic nail enhancements are very strong.
• Acrylic nails can give your hands a more polished look.
• Acrylic nails can be molded on or used to protect your own natural nail.
• The customization options are nearly endless when it comes to shape and style.
• Most breakages can be (carefully) repaired at home.
• Acrylic nails are very easy to remove without damage when you are ready.
• Acrylic nails are rigid, and lack the flexibility unlike your natural nails.
• Acrylic nails do not mimic the natural sheen of nails.
• Applying acrylic nails involves chemicals and resulting fumes until dry.
• Acrylic nails can take longer to dry.
So if you have finally got your acrylic nails done, you might want to get inspired to try different acrylic nail designs at the salon or on your own. Below you’ll find 51 inspiration photos of acrylic nail ideas, from the most wearable, minimalist looks to the most complicated designs.
1. Fishnet Lace Acrylic Nails
The matte effect works beautifully well with the fishnet lace-painted acrylic nail design, while the glittering gold pinky nail and shiny and gold stud-enhanced manicured nail all work together for a cohesive, elegant look.
2. Corseted Acrylic Nail Design
The combination of neutral nails with a shiny appearance works with the detailed pinstriped corset painted on the matte ring finger nail.
3. Marble and Metal Acrylic Nails
A shining manicure full of metalwork and sparkle is done with the simplicity of marbling and a touch of well-placed bling for this particular acrylic nail art design.
4. Gold and Matte Acrylic Nail Design
Natural color edged in taupe and the beautiful placement of sparkling stones are framed with intense gold glitter for an incredibly gilded ‘Golden’ look.
5. Nail Art Over Nude Acrylic Nails
Hand painted nail art and stone placements are well-known and beloved embellishments for their beauty, but a less used trend is pierced acrylic nails as shown here.
6. Glittering Almond Acrylics
The cute placement of an arrow is accented by the sparkle of glitter nails framed by shining neutral nails on either side. The almond shape of these acrylic nails is beautiful and feminine.
7. Free Form Design
The shades of blue are accented with swirls and curls of glittering lines that emphasize the flow of the acrylic nails. The design is interesting on its own, but takes on a real life on the blue tinted almond shaped nails.
8. Shiny Square Manicure
The square nail shape is flattering, but the interesting and warm shade of nail polish gives the perfect background for the white acrylic nail design and shaded stones.
9. Natural and Blue
The natural appearance of the acrylic nails looks amazing against the matte neutral with blue painted flowers. The sparkling, glitter tipped blue nails are also a nice and unexpectedly beautiful touch.
10. Pink and Gold Floral Set
These very spring-themed acrylic nails show off a lot of art from studs to beads, hand-painted flowers and smatterings of gold over soft and deep pink.
11. Mani Another Way
Squared oval or ‘squoval’ tipped acrylics with an interesting take on the traditional manicure are interesting and different in a very good way.
12. Spring Pink with 3D flowers
The soft and spring-like shade of pink on this acrylic nail set boasts an incredible design of textured flowers and silver studs to accentuate the length and shape.
13. Matte and Dusty Rose Glitter
Mountain nails are always impressive – the shape calls attention from every angle. The dusty rose-colored glitter on the pinky nail is cool against the matte tipped in black, the stones at the base and the marble with copper bands.
14. Bright Pink and Glittering Acrylic Nails
The combination of matte and sparkles will always be amazing visually, but the added texture of the stones and metal work arrows are also aesthetically pleasing.
15. Different Sheens
Shiny nails, matte nails, glitter coated nails, hand painted with a pearl embellishment and French tipped all in one manicure make a stunning final collection of acrylic nail designs.
16. Exquisite in Pink
The styles of acrylic nails in this intricate manicure are two faced pink, a gel polish, the lollipop leaf, glitter polis and an acrylic and matte top. The manicure collectively is still cohesive, but any of the options would work individually as well.
17. Warm Spring Acrylic Nails
Soft yellow manicures mixed with gold sparkles and mini painted flowers with gold centers look stunning over shiny gel coats.
18. Unicorn Pink Acrylic Nails
A hand-painted unicorn and softly glittered shiny stiletto acrylic nails work in an adorable manicure. The profile view of the purple haired unicorn is completely endearing.
19. Pop of Glitter
Manicures that feature a single color and a pop of glitter on a single nail are fun and chic with a simplicity that cannot be denied as stylish.
20. Burgundy, Black and Gold
The combination of rich burgundy nail polish with black ombre on stiletto acrylic nails is stunning alone, especially with the sheen of the burgundy, though the style is matte. The gold and copper featured on the spotlight nails is an incredible and unexpected luxe touch.
21. Royal Blue and Hand Painted Too
The shimmering shade of this matte royal blue is accented beautifully by the hand-painted art on the third nails. The white acrylic nails look interesting in contrast.
22. Hand-Painted Floral Acrylic Nail Art
Flowers in shades of pink on a shiny white nail polish stand out even more with the careful placement of pearls in the center. The other nails in soft light matte pink are impeccably done.
23. Detailed Tulips
Nail art is always spectacular, and here the presence of the tulips, realistically highlighted against a blue green glittering background over neutral acrylic nails is nothing short of cool.
24. Winter Wonder Acrylic Nails
Celebrate the winter aesthetic whenever you want with an acrylic nail design similar to this nearly transparent white and blue ombre dusted with blue glitter and featuring hand-painted snowflakes and ornaments. Even a three-dimensional snowflake is pressed on as a feature.
25. Three-Dimensional Flower
The placement of the flower is sure to garner attention, but the detail of the vine extending to the next nail is a beautiful addition to the level of art on this set of square acrylic nails.
26. Sparkling Hunter Green Rose
Flowers are not a new concept in nail art, but done like this they are not only beautiful and intricate but wholly interesting and intriguing as well. The plainer acrylic nails surrounding it only serve to further enhance the overall appear of the flowers design.
27. Gilded White Acrylic Nails
White painted acrylic nails are elevated with a gilded appearance of gold brushed throughout. The gold studs and sparkling stones work beautifully well alongside it without blending in.
28. Wickedly Iridescent Acrylic Nails
The acrylic nail art on this set is so amazing that it is hard to know where to begin. The painted lips on the matte nude are eye-catching at the very least, the image popping clearly off the nail. The iridescent tips of the other coffin shaped acrylic nails are an additionally unexpected treat, and the addition of stones is a finale that must be appreciated.
29. Updated Natural Looks
The shape and style of these acrylic nails lend a beautiful canvas to the pink base and the white tips of the nail design, but the touch of silver glitter really enhances the pink, and the detailed placement of stones is a top-notch touch.
30. Hand Painted Lips and Gold Glitter Acrylic Nails
Hand-painted and embellished with gold, these acrylic nails are standouts from all angles. Placed on a white background, each of the painted lips is easily identifiable from every angle.
31. Teddy Bear Tribute
A hand-painted teddy bear and arrow decals on a neutral background are beautifully and intricately set to work together beautifully.
32. Sparkle Dusted Strawberry Cheesecake Pink
The vivid shade of light pink is boosted with a dusting of sparkling glitter. The textured appearance is reminiscent of sugar-dusted strawberry cheesecake.
33. Soft Textures and Stones
Light colors, stone accents, champagne sparkling nail polish and soft textured designs make for an interesting acrylic manicure that will keep people talking. The concept is beautiful and the light colors keep the style approachable.
34. Neutral Tones with Ice and Snow
The light mauve and taupe polish shows off three-dimensional and flat hand-painted and airbrushed embellishments and work beautifully with the gold painted pinky acrylic nails. The placement of the stones for the custom look is beautiful on both hands.
35. Textured White Roses
The raised white roses on the acrylic nail design are a textured design bonus that looks beautiful on the shiny light pink nail polish. The inclusion of the round glitter on the adjacent nails is a cool detail as well, coated well so that the glitter will not come off with regular wear.
36. Rich Ornamented Chocolate Acrylic Nails
The richness of the brown matte on the coffin shaped acrylic nails is so beautifully complemented by the jeweled stones and metallic chain embellishments. The addition of tiny black stones as accents is also amazing.
37. White Stilettos with Gold and Stones
White stiletto acrylic nails are the perfect base for the streaks of gold and the coating of stones on some of the pinky nails. The way the stones fit so well together encrusted on the nails is perfection.
38. Shades of Violet
Every nail is artistically enhanced from ombre to stones and glitter. The overall look is amazingly cohesive melding together tonally with impeccable precision.
39. Embellished, Marbled and Matte Acrylic Nails
Marbled with a shining silver line is beautiful enough but the matte soft pink and crystals with beading really add another dimension to this acrylic nail design.
40. Crystals and Beadings!
Keeping the acrylic nail designs fresh and inspiring is a skill most nail techs have in spades. Here the coffin shaped acrylic nails are treated to sparkling crystals and pearls with gem bow accents on the ring finger. Micro pearl beads in champagne give a stunning three-dimensional texture to the nails as well.
41. Decorated Mountain Acrylic Nails
One of the very popular acrylic nail designs is to mimic the multifaceted quality of a gem in the nail design. It’s always stunning, and placed on the ring finger here between two solid color-painted nails really puts the design on display. The shape on these is mountain nails.
42. Dramatically Monochromatic Acrylic Nail Design
Black nails can be done any number of ways, here presented through a textured sparkling glitter-packed finish next to a marbled gray middle nail. The index fingernail features matte gray nails and a stunning embellishment right at the base of the nail.
43. Gold Foil and Marbling
Going for that luxe look? Incorporate gold foil and matte polish. The difference between the two will always make a statement on any nail shape. The theme here is shiny over matte, with the gold leaf working beautifully over the grey marbling and strategically placed over the black matte.
44. Pretty Pink Acrylic Nails
Every show of nail art is dreamy, speaking to the technique and skill of the technician. Here the use of the glitter, hand-painted hearts and words and cotton candy pink keeps these acrylic nails a step apart from a standard color or glitter set.
45. Mottled Metallic Rainbow
These acrylic nails are stunning and will always make an outfit. Though the embellishment is only seen on the ring finger, the quality and design of the paint are so stunning it can only be considered art.
46. Matte Mauve with Gem Art
Matte nail polish is always beautiful, creating the appearance of softly textured nails. The golden embellishments really stand out against the softness of the mauve background.
47. Blinged and Sparkled Ballerina Acrylic Nails
The inclusion of well-placed stones and confetti style glitter work beautifully well together, alternated on the long ballerina nail shape. The acrylic nails are shiny, but feature the sparkling options rather than polish, and the look is amazing.
48. Matte Teal and Stunning Jewels
The intricate style on the ring fingers reaches from the base of the nail to the tip of the coffin shaped acrylic nails. The colors complement each other beautifully, from the stone to the metalwork laid on the matte teal color.
49. Stunning Stiletto Acrylic Nails
The nail art here is outstanding – a sparkle or metal embellishment on every nail and just the right amount to keep it interesting. This look is the perfect combination of marbled, glittered and metal worked stiletto acrylic nails.
50. Rose Pink and Champagne Acrylic Nails
The softness of the champagne and pink glitter on the acrylic nails is understated and glorious, giving the confetti-styled metallic rose pink glitter the opportunity to shine as the highlighted nails.
51. Rich and Bright
Every nail is done differently showing the versatility of imagination with nail art. The ombre from gold to pink, the richness of the deep violet with the mirror-like shine, the matte purple and the glitter dusted acrylic nails all look beautiful with the hand-painted over clear options as well.
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