How To Do Acrylic Nails Without Tips?

Interested in learning how to do acrylic nails without tips? You’ve come to the right place! Read on. 

You want to do your own acrylic nails at home but cannot because you do not have tips readily available? What if we told you that it is still possible? Yes, you read that right!

We will show how to do acrylic nails without tips right here. Continue reading to find the list of materials to prepare and steps to take.

How To Do Acrylic Nails Without Tips?

Method 1: Using acrylic powder and monomer

You will need to prepare the following.

For the prepping phase: 

  • A cuticle pusher or an orange stick
  • An e-file
  • A buffing block
  • A cotton pad and some acetone (Optional)

Alternatively, you can get a nail prep kit. There are plenty available online!

For the rest of the procedure: 

  • Some acrylic powder
  • A monomer
  • A Size 8 nail brush
  • Curing lamp (UV lamp or LED lamp)
  • Top coat

After you have gathered all the required materials, follow these steps:

Step 1: Prep your nails

To start, clean off any of your old nail polish. Then, push your cuticles back. You can use a cuticle pusher or an orange stick. Make sure none of your cuticles remain on the nail beds. Otherwise, the acrylic will not adhere later.

Next, file your nails to ensure they are even and free of snags. After that, swipe a buffing block left and right over your nail beds. Finally, get rid of the dust with your brush or an acetone wipe.

Step 2: Extend your nails

Once your nails are thoroughly prepped, you can grab the acrylic powder and monomer that you have prepared to extend your nails.

Dip your brush in the monomer once, then press it against the side of the monomer container once so you can  release a bit of the product. You should also dab it once against a piece of tissue to reduce the amount of liquid on the brush.

Then, use the monomer-dipped brush to scoop a bit of acrylic powder to make a “bead”. Place the bead on your nails, towards the tip. Give it about 5 to 7 seconds, then brush it outward to start lengthening your nails. As you go, sculpt it according to the nail shape you want.

Pick a bead and place it on your nail to start sculpting
Pick a bead and place it on your nail to start sculpting

Note: It is important that you get the liquid to powder ratio right. If there is more liquid or powder than necessary, the bead will fall off.

There are other consequences if you fail at the liquid to powder ratio step, too:

If the liquid to powder ratio is not right, it will lead to service breakdown and allergic reactions. Your nails can also feel sore a few days after your manicure or pedicure. Too much powder compared to liquid will result in your nails cracking, as well.

If you extend your nails with a bead consisting of too much powder, it can be dry, and further molding on top of it can cause it to crack and become even more brittle.

If you want to lengthen it further with another bead, go ahead! Just make sure you do not forget to wait for 5 to 7 seconds before you start brushing, dabbing, and shaping, or it will fall off and cause more trouble than necessary! In detail, if the second layer is not dried before you start working on it, the tip of the nail will bend.

And if the bead drips down, you can hold it up with the body of the brush.

Step 3: Fill your nail bed and nail apex

When you have the nail length and shape that you want, pick up a small bead and cover up the nail bed and apex. Make sure you arch on the side walls to cover the nails fully, as well.

Then, smooth out the top of your nail. This should make filing easier for you in the next step. Once you are done with this, spare time for your nails to dry.

Step 4: Smooth out the top of your nail and apply a top-coat layer

Now that your nails are dry, use an e-file to further smooth out the top of the nail. After this, smooth out the edges and clean up the area around your cuticles with a buffing block.

To finish off the process, apply a layer of top-coat, wait for it to cure, and then apply a layer of cuticle oil to the cuticle area.

Smooth out the surface of your nail with a e-file 
Smooth out the surface of your nail with a e-file

Note: Under a UV lamp, the cure time should be 2 minutes. Under a LED lamp, the cure time should be 1 minute.

Method 2: Using fiberglass nail extensions

Use fiberglass extensions for your acrylics 
Use fiberglass extensions for your acrylics

You will need to prepare the following.

  • Some soap and water
  • A cuticle pusher or orange stick
  • A hand filer or emery board
  • A buffing block
  • An antiseptic and cotton pad
  • Fiberglass extensions
  • Resin
  • Top coat
  • UV lamp

Step 1: Wash your hands

First, wash your hands with mild soap and lukewarm water. Make sure you get rid of any residue and oil. Then, let them air dry.

Step 2: Prep your nails

Next, prep your nails. This includes pushing back the cuticles, filing to ensure they are even and to remove snags, and buffing to get a clean canvas.

Step 3: Disinfect your nails

Spray the nail with an antiseptic and wipe using a cotton pad.

Step 4: Apply the fiberglass extension to your nails

Take the fiberglass extension and apply it over your nail. There should be a 1mm space from the cuticle to prevent lifting. Cut off the excess to leave your desired length.

While doing this, make sure you do not touch the fiberglass so that oils will not deposit onto it.

Step 5: Apply resin

Once the fiberglass extension is on, apply a layer of resin to the surface, and remember to keep the layer thin.

However, make sure you apply enough. No spots should be too thin or transparent, particularly the apex area on the side walls.

Then, allow 1 minute for it to dry and harden. Another option is to cure under UV light for 30 seconds.

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 for a second layer

Simply do the same things you did for steps 4 and 5 for the second layer. It is generally normal to have 2 to 3 layers.

Between each step, though, you will need to cure under the UV lamp. Before you file your nail in the next step, you must also cure under a UV lamp for 60 seconds.

Step 7: File to shape and smoothen

Use a hand filer or an emery board to shape your nails and smoothen out the surface.

Step 7: Apply a top-coat layer

To complete, apply a layer of top-coat. This should give your nails some shine.


Now that you have reached the conclusion, you have all the materials and steps up your sleeves to do acrylic nails without tips.

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