Acrylic nail tips, or fake nail tips, are applied by professionals at nail salons or at home.
When they are applied by professionals, the acrylic used is a combination of a liquid and powder resin. These substances are mixed together to form a paste and after a nail tip has been glued to the natural nail, the paste is applied on top.
At one time, the acrylic resin used for nail tips was of the same substance as false teeth. This type is no longer used, however, because many people were found to be allergic to it.
Technology has advanced such that several different types of acrylic are now available. After the acrylic nail tips have dried, the nail technician uses a file and buffer to shape the nails even more, and eventually nail polish will be applied with either a regular nail polish brush or an airbrush.
For those who do not wish to spend the money on a professional tip application, there are also home versions of the acrylic nail tips. Applying the powder and liquid resin mix requires skill, but can still be performed at home.