Top 6 Acrylic Manicure Tutorials For Beginners

With the soaring popularity of acrylic nails, you might be wondering how it’s done. Whether you’re looking to pursue a career in the beauty industry, trying to save a quick buck on DIY nails, or wanting to try a new artform, you’ll need a place to start so here’s the top 6 acrylic manicure tutorials for beginners.


And the YouTubers of the world are happy to help! While the abundance of resources is wonderful, you might be wondering which tutorials are the best. Let’s take a look at some of the best acrylic manicure tutorials we found!

1. DIY Acrylic Kit – A Pro Review by Nail Career Education


While this video doesn’t call itself tutorial, it shows off all the basic materials you’ll need to create DIY acrylic nails. The commentary from Suzie also allows you to get a pretty firm grasp of what you’ll need to complete a successful set of acrylics.


She also provides numerous useful tips from how to buff nails, what to look for in a good nail tip, and what makes a nice set of acrylic nails. This video is full of good information for the novice nail artist!

2. Easiest Acrylic For DIY Beginners by Nail Career Education


For a more traditional tutorial, Suzie from Nail Career Education has this great video. She goes through Acrylics 101 using a slow-drying acrylic product. She walks you through the basics of forming beads, using proper brush techniques, and even filing down the finished product.


Suzie also mentions key details professionals might take for granted, but beginners need to know.

3. Acrylic Nails at Home: Step by Step How-To Tutorial by cutepolish


If you’re pressed for time, but looking to learn the basics, this short video tutorial comes in at just over five and half minutes. Unlike the previous two tutorials, April from cutepolish explains how to properly buff the nails to prepare them for acrylic application. This step is critical, since a smooth nail won’t hold the acrylic.


She also explains how to find the proper-sized nail tip, and how to cut and file the nail tip so the polish stays on properly. Moreover, she uses a lot of detail to explain how the final product should look.

4. Remove Acrylic Nails At Home: Step By Step How-To Tutorial by cutepolish


No matter how much we love them, those acrylics will need to come off eventually. That’s why this tutorial is so important. Here, April from cutepolish quickly explains how to safely remove acrylics.

5. Acrylic Nail Tutorial – How To Apply Acrylic For Beginners by Kiara Sky Nails


If you aspire towards a career in nail artistry, you’ll want to check out this tutorial. Whereas the other tutorials on this list demonstrate applying acrylics to oneself, this tutorial demonstrates what it’s like to create beautiful acrylics for a client.


She also goes into detail about bead consistencies and how to create the perfect bead. She also demonstrates two different techniques for forming acrylic nails.

6. The Basics of Acrylic Nails for Beginners! Acrylic 101: How to start doing acrylic nails!


Before you can create beautiful nails, you’ll need to make sure you have the right materials. This tutorial shows you all the materials you’ll need to make perfect acrylics, and gives you tips on how to select the right materials. 


This tutorial also has the most in-depth instructions about how to form the perfect acrylic beads for strong and beautiful acrylics.


While these tutorials are great tools for learning, anyone looking to make a career in manicuring will need to complete a manicuring program. If you’re interested in pursuing this career path, visit our manicuring program page to schedule an advisor meeting today!