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Acrylic nails involve mixing acrylic powder with a liquid and applying the mixture to the nails; it hardens with exposure to air. Gel nails involve applying multiple coats of a polish-like substance that requires exposure to UV light to dry. Gel nails appear more natura...


Gel nails typically hold color longer than acrylic nails. Although gel nails are more expensive then acrylics, they do not result in unattractive chipping as often as with acrylic nails. Gel nails are more flexible and therefore less likely to break when one accidentall...


Acrylic nails are artificial enhancements overlaid on top of natural nails to give length or strength to the natural fingernails. The most common artificial nail enhancement is traditional acrylic, which is a two-part system of liquid and powder.


Acrylic nails can be applied as nail tips, or they may cover the entire nail. A variety of effects can be achieved by adding color, polish, glitter and texture.


Red acrylic nails are red nail extensions that are glued onto fingernails with acrylic applied over them. While acrylic nails are available in many colors and patterns, basic red is one option. Acrylic nails don't chip or peel, but there is a risk of contracting nail fu...


To remove acrylic nails at home trim the nails, file the surface, and soak the acrylic in acetone to break it down. Care for natural nails by moisturizing them daily.


To do a gel manicure, apply gel bonder and foundation, dry the nails under a UV lamp, apply colored polish and let it dry, apply a clear gel topcoat, and cure it under the lamp. This 45-minute procedure requires cotton pads, nail cleanser, a UV lamp, bonder, gel foundat...