Can Acrylic Paint Be Used as Nail Polish?

People are doing a lot of crazy things these days. Not like stupid crazy but amazing crazy. One of them is using acrylic paint as nail polish. When you love something and are passionate about it, you keep finding creative ways to present them in a new way.

Indeed, there are countless shades in nail polishes as well but people using acrylic paints as nail paints have their standard and state of mind. Yes, you have heard it right. Acrylic paints are being used by many famous nail artists and regular people who love nail art. Why? Because acrylic paints come in a huge variety, like a lot more than nail paints, and also acrylic paint brushes come with countless variety, which makes it easy to design your nail art.

Acrylic paints used as nail paints can be so much fun. You can design your nail art in million ways with acrylic paints and the brushes range to come along with acrylic paints.

Can Acrylic Paint Be Used as Nail Polish

Well, if this comes to a question that “Can you use acrylic paint as your nail polish?”, gladly, the answer is loud and clear “yes”. You can use “non-toxic acrylic paint” as your nail paints. You would have to apply a clear nail paint coat on your nails before you use acrylic paints because they will protect your nails as well provide a good grip on acrylics being used on your nails.

Removal of acrylic paint on nails

Acrylic paints are water-based so it isn’t any hard to remove them, once they are on. They have a dry texture and nature so no need to wait for so long after applying them, like a regular nail polish, which sometimes ruins even after 5 minutes of application. Acrylic paints dry immediately after you apply them. it doesn’t mean that they are hard to remove. If messed up, you simply wash them and your nails are as good as new to re-application.

Clearly, due to their dry nature, if you are going to use acrylic paints as your nail paints, you need to apply a clear coat on your nails before and after you apply acrylic paints to your nails. It makes them stay long-lasting and gives a glossy look to your nails which cannot be gained with acrylics’ as they are dry paints.  If you are not going to protect your nails with a clear coat, then the acrylic paints could be chipped off or washed off and ruin all your effort.

Does acrylic paint damage your nails?

No, most of the acrylic paints are non-toxic and water-based, make sure of it by checking the packaging, when you are using them as your nail paints. If you use non-toxic acrylic paints as your nail paints, then they will not damage your nails.

But you should apply a clear coat on your nails before you apply acrylic paint so it will be easy to wash off and won’t streak your nails.

What happens if you use toxic acrylic paints as nail paints?

Using non-toxic acrylic paint is one thing, but some acrylic paints also have dangerous ingredients that take the form of heavy metal. And risking heavy metals entering your body could be extremely dangerous. If they keep entering into your body, they start building up gradually, and if the quantity of heavy metals exceeds the limit in your body, it starts damaging the organs.

Lead, cobalt, copper, magnesium-like ingredients which are mostly used as colorants in some acrylic paints could be harmful to your health as they damage your liver, kidney, lungs, heart, and skin if they keep introducing to your body for some time.

If they have damaged your organs enough, then it could lead to some serious and life-threatening problems like cancer. This is not meant to scare you or threaten you about acrylic paints, it is just to inform you and warn you that you should be careful when you are using acrylic paints as your nail polish. Make sure that they are water-based and non-toxic, it is usually written behind the bottle or tube of acrylic paint. Or you could have your ingredient check for these unwanted ingredients, like:

 Lead, cobalt, manganese, chromium, strontium, copper, zinc, and cadmium.

You can also look for the acrylic paints nail kit that is specially designed to be used as nail paints. Due to the craze and passion of nail artists for using acrylic paints to design their nails in different creative ways.

Never use non-toxic paints because you wouldn’t want to get poisoned by the presence of heavy metals in your body. If you are using non-toxic paints, you are good to go.

Non-toxic pains will not damage your nails or cause any issue until you have some paint allergy.

Can you mix acrylic paint with nail paint?

You can mix nail paints to form a new color, likewise; you can mix different acrylics to customize a new, unique and amazing color. There are unlimited color and color-making options when it comes to acrylic paints.

Can Acrylic Paint Be Used as Nail Polish

But you should never mix acrylic with nail paint. They have very different textures and mixing both of them will not do any good for you. you will end up ruining both of them and your nails. Go with nail paints, or stay with acrylic paints, you will get all the fun you want.

Pros and cons of using acrylic paint as nail paint:

Using acrylic paints as nail polish can get you so many benefits that you might want to give it a try if you haven’t already. Let’s see why you should go for using acrylic paint as your nail polish if you love nail art.

  1. It’s versatile

You can create any color you want, if you just have three primary colors along with black and white, you can make any color in the world. you cannot imagine how many options you are going to get once you start using acrylic paints as nail paints.

  • Make any designs you want:

Acrylic paints are perfect for you if you want to design your nail art with a detailed doodle. You might not be able to do that with your nail polishes because nail polishes contain alcohol and sometimes, a huge quantity of alcohol makes nail polish thicker which causes lumps while designing.

Whereas acrylic paints are water-based paints that have very soft and lump-free texture so you can make a coat of base color on your nail and then apply the color you want to do designing with and use a toothpick, bobby pins, or whatever tool you have access to, to design perfect nail art and top it with clear coat and voila! It’s perfect.

  1. It dries up and washes off immediately:

Nail polishes take quite a time to dry and sometimes when you are already late to the occasion, it seems like they take forever to dry up. On the contrary, acrylic paints dry up quickly as they are water-based, they have very friendly behavior which means, they take no time to dry and they are easily washable. If you have messed up or are just not satisfied with the color, wash it off or scratch it, and get a new one. Simple!

Along with all these benefits you are going to enjoy with acrylic paints, there are some downsides as well, let’s see what they are:

The only downside to using acrylic paint as nail paint is its opacity. It becomes streaky when applied somewhere else than canvas. If you are going to use it as nail paint, you can sort this out by using multiple coats of the color and preventing it with a clear topcoat, this will certainly work it. And this downside seems like nothing when you have so much to be entertained with.

How to use acrylic paint as nail paint?

If you didn’t know about this till now and planning to give your nails a try with acrylic paints for the first time, then you can follow this simple guide:

  1. Decide your color, or make your color by mixing different shades to get a unique one.
  2. Clean your nails with an alcohol pad or nail paint remover to make sure they are good to be designed.
  3. Apply a clear coat and let it dry thoroughly.
  4. Then, apply your first coat of acrylic paints.

Pro tip: You might need to apply several coats depending on how you want your color to look because acrylic paints are water-based so a single coat could make them look streaky. It’s better if you apply 2 or more coats.

  1. Apply as many coats as you want, for more strength and finished look, and let it dry.
  2. Now, prevent your nail paint with a clear coat on the top otherwise it could wash away or start chipping in a little while. And you are good to go!

Bottom line:

After reading this post, being a nail artist or nail art lover, I’m sure you are going to give it a try. And don’t sweat it, you won’t regret it.

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