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Difference Between Tips and Acrylics

Tips vs Acrylics

Artificial nails, fake nails, nail enhancements, and nail extensions are coverings that are put over nails as accessories. The practice started during the Ming Dynasty of China wherein Chinese noble women wore long artificial nails as status symbols showing that they do not do manual labor like commoners.

The practice was started in Europe through the Greeks who used pistachio nut shells to enhance their nails. This spread throughout Europe until in 1954, a dentist broke his nails and invented the first realistic-looking artificial nail.

Today, artificial nails are very popular among young and old women and are made with a variety of materials. It is done through the process of a manicure which is a beauty treatment for nails that can be performed at home or in a salon.

Artificial gel nails, acrylic nails, and artificial nail tips help conceal broken, damaged, short, or bad nails. They protect nails from breakage and splits and help people who are unable to get the desired length and growth of nails naturally. Acrylic nails are made by mixing together a monomer liquid such as ethyl methacrylate (EMA) or methyl methacrylate (MMA) with polymer powder and several other ingredients, such as, risen modifiers, dyes, and pigments.

MMA is cheaper than EMA but can cause several problems like irritations and deformities. EMA is the safest solution to use for acrylic nails. It produces nails that are more flexible, longer lasting, and have a finer quality. With acrylic nails, one can put on different designs and can even have nail piercings because they are quite strong.

Acrylic nails can be a whole nail or just a nail tip, which is attached to the natural nail and is blended into the nail. It is used as an extension for short nails and can be made from materials other than acrylic. Gel and fiberglass are also suitable materials for nail tips. Nail gel is usually applied to the whole nail and a tip is added. Fiberglass is a thin mesh that becomes transparent when liquid is applied. It is cured with UV light and is more realistic but can be easily broken and is more expensive than the other types of nail tips.

After choosing an artificial nail tip, glue is applied along the free edges of the natural nail. The nail tip is then slid into the natural nail plate and pressed down; making sure that no air can get under the tip. After about five seconds, the tip should be securely in place.


1.Acrylics are artificial nails that are made by mixing a monomer liquid like EMA or MMA and polymer powder while tips are artificial nails which can be made with acrylic, gel, or fiberglass.
2.Acrylics can be made into whole artificial nails or nail tips while nail tips alone can be made with various materials including acrylics.
3.Acrylic nails are used to enhance the natural nails and to keep nails from breaks and splits while tips are used as extensions for nails that are slow growing or those with broken tips.

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