How To Do Acrylic Nails At Home For Cheap

Doing acrylic nails at home is the best way to save on a budget. Self care includes finding ways treat yourself and still keep in mind what your financial goals are! Keep reading for my easy simple tips for doing my nails at home.


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Since Coronavirus body slammed the world in 2020 my life has been a little different. For starters, I stopped paying others to do services I could do myself.


I am a lover of delicate things and being pampered when I get my nails done means a lot to me. It's self care made easy. All of my stress from the day is given a hiatus as I focus on my hands for an hour.


I stay positive even if the technician skips my cuticles and forgets to put on lotion.


And then as i'm drying my nails, I notice that 3 busses have passed the shop. At that point I focus on how long I'll be standing outside until the next one comes.


That part is always disappointing.


When NYC became a ghost town due to quarantine I was left with chipped polish and outgrown acrylic.


Suddenly I had an idea and I turned my room into a DIY nail salon.

Here's a quick guide to starting your own DIY acrylic nail journey, and a few things you should consider along the way.


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How can I start doing my nails at home?


Watch YOUTUBE videos


Learning how to do nails on Youtube is a great way to get a visual guide for free.


I found LongHairPrettyNails and she tries everything. She influenced me to buy my first Poly gel set.



I bought this kit and while the polygon product only stayed on my nails for about a week, it's good for beginners.


It is easier to manipulate than acrylic and allows you to get used to the process involved in nail application.


The cool part about this polygon set is that it comes with

  • Nails

  • A Brush

  • Different color poly gels

  • Top coat

  • Base coat

  • File

Every part of this polygon kit i’ve managed to incorporate with my acrylic nail journey. It saved me money and led me to discover the next tip about knowing what to purchase.


Don’t buy everything you see in the videos



I practice doing acrylic nails on myself and on my family. Don't get fooled by the overpriced plastic hands that self proclaimed gurus use for practicing DIY nails.


Buy extra items because they genuinely interest you not because you think you can't be successful without it. If you are interested in buying a figure take your time, and find a decent sale. Amazon has a few good, inexpensive, budget friendly, options.


Avoid fancy add ons


At the beginner stage you do not need

  • rhinestones,

  • glitter,

  • colored acrylic powders

  • stickers



The 30 minutes you spend applying tin foil can be used to perfect buffing your nail. Invest more in your actual tools than you do on nail accessories until you know how to use them properly. A file that doesn't have enough grit (aka roughness) will make your DIY nail job a lot harder than it has to be.


Be realistic


Financially, I was in a comfortable place. I had money in my savings, my house did not lack food and I was able to spend money on myself.


If this isn't you right now, it's okay, no need to spend spend a large chunk of money. Target sells a small start up acrylic set for under $10.