September 11, 2013

How To Disguise Grown-Out Acrylic Nails

False nails can look amazing, but many of us wonder how to disguise grown-out acrylic nails. If your natural nails are brittle, then artificial nails are the ideal cover-up. Lots of nail-biters apply acrylics to disguise their bitten fingernails. Many others love the idea of sporting beautifully manicured nails. You may be an expert at applying acrylics, but plenty of us prefer to visit the nail salon to have them applied by professional nail artists. As our natural fingernails grow the fake nails are pushed upwards, we have to find ways to hide the growth.

How to Disguise Grown-Out Acrylic Nails

As our natural fingernails grow, the fake nails are pushed upwards. This leaves an annoying gap between the cuticle and the bottom of the artificial nail. It is up to the individual to find ways of creating an “infill”. If you continue to apply pearly nail polish to them, there is every chance that the ridge will show up even more. However, apply a couple of layers of sparkly nail polish to camouflage the gap. Glittery nail varnish creates the perfect cover-up for grown-out acrylic nails.

Nail Infills

Are you one of those confident people who feel that they could create a successful nail infill? It has to be said that “do it yourself” acrylic nail fills are not the easiest thing in the world to do. Some adventurous beauty enthusiasts are willing to try. The acrylic nail kits are inexpensive and come with everything needed to infill the nail. If you are interested in filling in your acrylics, then you should watch an online tutorial. Lots of people find these online guides help them to understand the basics of nail fills.


Most of us agree that it feels great to visit the nail salon for a professional manicure. However, we may not be able to afford to have our nails manicured regularly. Therefore, we need to find our own way of filling in the acrylics as our natural nails grow. The good news is you don’t have to remove the fake nails! If you are desperate to cover up an unsightly ridge, then file the fake nails down. Run the nail file over the top of the fake nails and file them until they are in line with your natural fingernails. Make sure you don’t file the natural nail because you can make a groove in the natural nail you don’t want! Then use a buffer to make your nails look tidy.

When you buff your fingernails, you should be able to rub away the bottom of the ridge. This will make the remainder of the acrylics blend in with your natural nails. Apply a couple of coats of nail polish and your fingernails should look as pretty as a picture.

Other Ways of Disguising Grown-Out Acrylic Nails

After a couple of weeks, the fake nails will begin to grow out. In general, this means that you will have to revisit the nail salon. Creating a temporary infill can save you a lot of money. Unless you remove the acrylics all together, you will eventually need to make another appointment at the nail bar. The nail technician will generally file out the area where the nail has regrown so they can apply more acrylic or gel. The technician will then file, buff, oil, and varnish the nails until they look as good as new.

You can also try fun and creative ways to hide your grown-out nails, like in this YouTube video. Lizzy, the clever woman in the video, uses a chunky glitter nail polish to cover up the grown-out portion of her acrylic nails, and it looks fantastic! Thinking outside the box can help you to not only save time and money but look fantastic while you’re at it!

Acrylic fingernails are fun and fake nails can cover up a multitude of sins. If you would like to wear false nails, it may be wise to book an appointment with your local nail technician. A qualified technician can apply your artificial nails and help you to disguise grown-out acrylic nails.

If you want to learn more about nail care, take a look at our other nail care tips:

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