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A manicure and pedicure are perfect spa treats, and many people top off the day with application of designed acrylic finger and toenails. The process is long and difficult, but if you are familiar with nail care and are willing to fail a few times, there is no reason why you can't apply your own acrylic toenails. It's not surprising that material is the same that the technique for applying acrylic toenails mimic that of the fingernails.

Wash your hands and feet to make sure there is nothing to contaminate the nail or the adhesive on either one. File the toenails down until they are short and close to the edge of the toe and use nail polish remover to take off all traces of nail polish.

File the top shiny layer of toenail until the shine is gone and it is a little rough. Soak your feet for a few minutes to soften the cuticle and then use the file to push the cuticle back as far as your comfortably can.

Choose the acrylic toenails that best fit your foot. Every toenail is different and you want an acrylic nail that is a perfect fit. Otherwise, it may not adhere correctly or it could be uncomfortable to wear. If no nail fits perfectly, then choose one that is wider that your toe and file it down to the correct width.

Apply a small dab acrylic adhesive to the tip of the toenail and use a tissue to remove any excess glue. Place the acrylic nail on the toe and hold it down for 10 seconds until the glue sets. If you notice any air bubbles in the glue, then remove the nail and start again. The nail will not adhere properly if there are air bubbles.

File the toenails to your desired length and repeat the procedure for the remainder of the toes. Paint and decorate the toenails to your personal preference.

About the Author

Brock Cooper

Brock Cooper attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. He was a reporter for seven years with a daily in Illinois before branching out into marketing and media relations. He has experience in writing everything from press releases to features on a variety of subjects and forums. His work can be seen in NewsTribune newspaper, Chicago Parent magazine and several websites.