How To Trim Acrylic Nails: The Acrylics Care Guide

How To Trim Acrylic Nails: The Acrylics Care Guide

After you get the acrylics done at the salon, it’s important that you take excellent care of them. For many people, acrylics are an investment. Although they can be expensive to apply, acrylics can last for six months if they’re properly maintained. We think that acrylics are totally worth the money, time, and care, considering they are long-lasting, durable, and so beautiful. They last much longer than gel polish or regular polish, and they take more work to apply, which is why they are more expensive and need more upkeep. 

One of the best ways you can maintain acrylic nails is to shorten them between salon visits. This is especially important if you ever get a crack or break in the nails. Filing down past the crack/break will help to prevent the acrylics from being damaged further before you get to your next appointment. And, if the natural nails grow really quickly, then the acrylics might start to get too long and need to be shortened. But, should you trim them? Check out our acrylics care guide for info on how to best shorten and maintain acrylic nails!

Can I Trim My Acrylic Nails?

Good news: you can shorten your acrylic nails using an e-File or a course file. However, you cannot trim them. If you trim your acrylic nails with a clipper, it will crack the acrylic and the nail will not clip off evenly. You need to file your acrylic nails down using an e-file to shorten the nail and a course file to perform final touches.

Do I Need to File My Acrylic Nails?

Yes, you should file acrylic nails after application any time the acrylic gets too long due to natural nail growth. Filing is important so that you can always achieve the perfect shape and length. Typically, people will file their nails when they are performing acrylic maintenance. 

The biggest difference between shortening your natural nails and shortening acrylic nails is that your natural nails will grow back. If you file the acrylics too short, you are stuck with the length until your next appointment. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s just something to be mindful of when filing the acrylics. 

When you start to file the nails, do it little by little until you reach the desired length. Also consider the fact that if the nails are styled in a specific shape, you will either have to re-file the shorter nails into that shape or decide on a new shape to file them into. For example, if you have long coffin nails, even a small filing will alter the shape. Therefore, you need to be able to use a file to recreate the shape after you reach the desired length. Or, if you file it down a lot, you can change the shape into a square or round shape. 

No matter what the nail shape is, you can file the nails using the same technique. First, you want to begin by filing down any excess acrylic. This means any amount of the nail you won’t need for the new shape and design on the nail. The next step is to start actually shaping the nail with an e-file, which is an electric nail file. Depending on the shape you are going for, the technique will vary slightly. Make sure you use quick and precise movements when you are shaping the angles on the nail. In order to do this, you will need to file the acrylic down until you have the desired shape. 

The next step is to go over the tops and sides of the nail. You do this to complete the shape and also to make sure the nail is completely smooth. If you are using an e-file, you should also consider changing the tip for this step. Basically, you want to file the top and both sides of the nail. Lastly, you can finish by using a regular nail file to do any touch-ups and smooth the edges. 

If you want to remove the acrylics completely, you simply have to soak them in acetone after filing them down. After a few minutes, the rest of the acrylic should dissolve right off. 

How Else Can I Care for My Acrylics?

Besides filing the acrylics, there are a few other things you can do to help maintain them and care for them. One of the best things you can do for the nails (both natural and acrylic) is to moisturize your hands with lotion and apply cuticle oil to the cuticles. If you keep the area around the nails, including the fingers, cuticles, and actual nails, soft and smooth, there will be less chance of damage occurring. Dry and brittle cuticles can lead to cracks in the nails and even the peeling of polishes and acrylics. 

There are also a couple of things you can avoid doing in order to prevent damage. One common daily activity might be the cause of nail damage. This activity is typing on your computer and texting on your phone. If you are using acrylics to type and text, the repeated movement might cause cracks or breaks. You should also avoid putting pressure on the nails because this could result in them snapping. Don’t get us wrong, acrylics are durable and strong, but there is always a chance of breakage or damage if you aren’t careful.  

Where Can I Find the Best Acrylic Powders and Nail Supplies?

You can find the best acrylic powders and nail tech supplies at Valentino Beauty Pure! We have everything you need to make the most amazing acrylic nails come to life. And not only do we sell acrylic powders, but we also sell gel polish if that is more your style or area of specialty. Our acrylics come in a huge selection of colors that you can choose from. In fact, we have one of the largest and best selections of acrylic powders available! 

We have a few different collections for you to choose from. Our collections include Victoria's collection, Vibe’s collection, radial lights collection, the pop art collection, and more. As we said, we’ve got a lot for you to choose from. Our smaller collections can help to build your entire acrylic powder collection. Whatever colors you like, we most likely have them, and more colors you didn’t even know you needed/wanted! 

One of the best parts about all of our collections and individual acrylic powders is that they are made to show the true color. It’s the worst when you pick a color that you are excited about, and it turns out to be a different color than it looked like. For many online nail polishes, the colors can look different than the images on computers due to photo editing. Usually, the color comes out darker than the color in the physical jar. That won’t happen with our colors; what you see is what you get. Our acrylics are made to have a flawless finish that is extra smooth. This means no bubbles and that the acrylics will have an even tone. 

Did you know that our acrylics are made to self-level? You won’t have to worry about smoothing everything out after application. Plus, our product is made to have superior adhesion, which means less chance of breaks and damages. Don’t forget; we also have a great selection of high-quality nail tools. If you need something to do nail acrylics with, we have got you covered.  


After reading our acrylics care guide, you now know that shortening acrylic nails is just as easy as shortening your regular nails. All you need to do is use an e-file that will be able to file down the thick and durable acrylics. It’s always a good idea to file the nail little by little so that you don’t file too much off. Unlike your natural nails, acrylics aren’t going to grow back, so if you take too much off, you will have to go to the salon to get them fixed. You can also get rid of the acrylics completely if you want to remove or repair them

Once you understand how to properly care for acrylic nails (including moisturizing, filing, and maintenance), then you are ready to get all of the acrylic supplies. Valentino Beauty Pure is your one-stop-shop for all things acrylics, including acrylic powders, nail tools, nail equipment, and nail accessories. It’s important to understand the foundation of acrylic application, maintenance, and removal before you invest in high-quality acrylic supplies such as ours. And trust us, it is super-important to buy high-quality acrylics and tools (like e-files and cuticle oils) to keep the nails looking great.  


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