How To Do French Tip Acrylic Nails At Home? Step By Step

French tips are one of the most favored nail art styles women like to wear. Currently, they are trending on Tiktok for “Sky Blue French Tips 1.5”. Boyfriends are utilizing this trend to play a prank on their girlfriends, making them believe that they have been unfaithful.

Putting the trend aside, creating French tip acrylic nails at home is easier than you might think. With a few essential tools and some practice, you can achieve salon-quality results without breaking the bank. 

In this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through the entire process, from prepping your nails to applying the perfect French tip. 

I’ll share the best techniques for shaping, filing, and buffing your nails, as well as selecting the right products and colors to achieve your desired look. 

So, get ready to impress your friends with your newfound nail art skills!

How To Get French Tip Acrylic Nails At Home? Complete Procedure  

Step 1: Arrange your supplies

You will need to get the following materials, tools, and products for French Tips:

  • Acrylic nail kit (including acrylic powder, liquid monomer, and nail glue)
  • Nail tips
  • Nail file and buffer
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail primer
  • Nail brush
  • Acetone (for clean-up)
  • Cotton pads or balls
  • Nail polish (for the French tip)

Step 2: Prepare your natural nails

Remove any existing nail polish using acetone and cotton pads/balls, and then shape your nails with a nail file to your required length and shape. Also, don’t forget to push back your cuticles with the help of a cuticle pusher.

Step 3: Apply nail tips

Select the appropriate size of nail tips for each of your nails. Apply a small amount of nail glue to the back of a nail tip.

Place the nail tip on your natural nail by carefully aligning it with the edge of your nail bed.

Press and hold the nail tip in place for a few seconds until the glue dries and sets. Repeat this process for all your nails.

Step 4: Trim and shape the nail tips

Now use nail clippers or nail scissors to trim the tips if you want a specific length. If you are willing to get short French tip acrylic nails, you can cut them accordingly.

Shape the tips using a nail file by smoothing out any rough edges, followed by politely buffing the surface of the nail tips to create a smooth base for the acrylic application.

Step 5: Apply the acrylic

Pour some acrylic liquid monomer into a dapper dish or any other small container or small glass. Dip your acrylic brush into the monomer, then wipe off the extra liquid on the side of the dish.

Now, merge the same brush into the acrylic powder, picking up a small bead of powder. Place the bead of acrylic on the area where the nail tip and your natural nail meet.

Using the brush the right way, gently spread and pat the acrylic over the nail surface by working from the cuticle region to the tip. Repeat the same procedure for each nail, working one nail at a time.

Note: The most commonly used powder for French tips is pink powder. However, it is s not specific; you can use any color. 

Step 6: Shape and refine the acrylic

Once the acrylic material has dried and hardened slightly, you’ll need to file the acrylic nails to the shape you’re willing to put on. You can use any shape, but the most common shape that suits the French style is oval. 

Be careful not to file too vigorously to avoid harming the acrylic or your natural nails. After shaping, use a buffer to smooth the surface of the nails, removing any visible file marks.

Step 7: Apply the French tip

Choose white nail polish or a French tip pen for the classic French tip look. Using a steady hand, apply the white polish or pen to the free edge of your nails, creating a straight line.

You can also use nail guides or tape to help create a clean and precise line. Allow the polish to dry completely.

Step 8: Seal and finish

Apply a clear top coat over the entire nail surface to seal and protect the acrylic and French tip. Wait for the top coat to dry completely.

Step 9: Clean up

Dip a cotton pad or ball in acetone and rub the acetone-soaked pad or ball along the edges of your nails to remove any excess acrylic or polish. Then, wash your hands with soapy water to remove any residue.

How To Get Short French Tip Nails?

In order to get the French tips shorter, simply file them according to your desired length.

When it comes to short French tip acrylic nails, the length of the nails is typically shorter than average. 

Shorter nails can be more practical for those who prefer a low-maintenance style or have a more active lifestyle. They are less prone to breakage and can be easier to manage.

How To Get Pink French Tip Nails?

The pink French tip acrylic look features a pale or baby pink color as the base coat. The tips of the nails are then painted in a crisp white color to produce a striking contrast. 

The white tips are usually painted in a crescent shape, following the natural curve of the nails, resembling the traditional French manicure style.

How To Get Black French Tip Acrylic Nails?

A black French tip acrylic look is a stylish and modern variation of the classic French manicure. Instead of the traditional white tips, this design features black tips, adding a touch of edginess and sophistication.

In order to get black French tips, you just have to apply black nail polish along the tip edges. Another way is employing a nail polish pen or marker to color the corners black. 

How To Get Red French Tip Acrylic Nails?

Whether you’re going for a glamorous evening event, a casual day out, or simply want to express your personal style, the red French tip acrylic look can be a great choice.

To achieve this look, you will need to apply acrylic extensions or overlays to your natural nails and shape them to create the desired French tip style

Once the acrylic nails are in place, a bright red polish or gel is applied to the tips to create a striking contrast against the rest of the nail.


Can you get French tip acrylic on your own?

Yes, you can. If you’re skillful or have a good grip on traditional acrylic manicures, it will be quite easy for you to shape and design your nails into French style. 

Are French tip fake nails costly?

The cost of French tip acrylic nails is different and depends on various factors such as the region, the quality of the salon, and definitely the condition of your nails.

Can I color my French tips?

Traditionally, the French tips consist of two colors. Pink makes the base, and white covers the corner. But you can use any color combination. 


In conclusion, you can easily equip yourself with fake nails by learning how to do French tip acrylic nails. So just gather the essentials and try out the steps explained in the post. 

Marissa Arnold

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