Why Do My Acrylics Lift By The Cuticle Area?

Ever wonder why your acrylics lift by the cuticle area after application? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Improper prep
  2. First, ensure proper hand, nail and cuticle preparation before even applying polish. If you ensure your nails are very clean and dry prior to applying polish, you’ve addressed the most essential step to extending your manicure life. Do not cleanse your nail beds with nail polish remover, acetone, vinegar or lemon juice prior to applying polish as they can leave an oily residue on your nails. Remove any lingering emollients from lotions, creams or oils by using a nylon nail brush and thoroughly wash and drying your hands and nails after removing your polish. Obviously, if there are oils on the nail bed, the polish won’t adhere as well. Buff the nails with the smooth side of the file. Remove dust.

  3. Choose a reliable kit
  4. Inspect the products you are using! If you are using a “cheap” substitute and not a reputable brand, their products could be inferior. Additionally, mixing products from two or more manufacturers may be chemically incompatible. That’s why it’s important to use an all-inclusive kit such as Nailene’s Deluxe Salon Acrylic Kit or Acrylic Sculpture Kit, especially if you are a beginner. We stand by the quality of our products!

  5. Moist Nails and Improper Use of Primer
  6. Just like natural oils, moisture on the nails at the time the primer is applied prevents proper bonding. Also, make sure you follow your primer instructions. Most primers require only one application, and putting primer on top of primer could lead to a service breakdown. Check with the manufacturer’s instructions to determine if only coat of primer should be used, or if you need two.One ample coat of primer usually does the trick. Let dry 30 seconds and the nails will appear slightly shiny with a tacky layer.

  7. Over-Filing
  8. Are you over-filing? Using an 80-grit file on a natural nail is way too harsh. When you over-file a nail during prep, you remove the keratin on the nail plate, which is needed for the products to make their chemical bonds to the nail. What you should do is use a 180 grit file (or finer). We do not recommend using a file with a grit courser then 180. Gently buff the shine off the nails and remove dust.

  9. Acrylic Bead
  10. Finally, is the acrylic bead you’ve created too wet and flowing under the cuticle area? Unfortunately, this is a common mistake because you can’t see the problem while it’s happening.

    The wet acrylic can run into the cuticle (see step #1 issue) and once it touches the skin it will lift. Your goal is to allow the bead to flow smoothly towards the cuticle area becoming flush with the natural nail, never touching the cuticle or skin.Fill your dampen dish ½ way with Nailene liquid and wipe excess off the brush before picking up your bead of acrylic. This will help control the flow.

At the end, practice makes perfect! Once you continue to apply acrylics, you will get a hang of technique and what works best for you.