A Complete Acrylic Nail Supplies List

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Whether you are starting up your own salon or you are reorganizing your salon’s cluttered closets, ensuring that you have the correct acrylic nail supplies list that can help you to serve your customers better.

To help you get you started, we have put together the ultimate and complete acrylic nail supplies list that you can follow.

Salon Acrylic Nail Supplies Checklist

Nail Art Supply List

Although nail salons require a lot of equipment, including spa pedicure chairs, furniture, manicure desks, chairs and administrative supplies, the list of nail technician supplies can be overwhelming—and easy to forget an item or two.

Below is a summary of the nail technician supplies you need, and why you need them.

Getting Started With Acrylics

Acrylic nails require quite a bit more equipment than you would need for doing a regular manicure or pedicure.

As a beginner, it can be quite overwhelming trying to figure out what you need.  

There are so many different tools and products you could buy, and on top of that, there are different brands for each tool and product.

Here are the acrylic nail supplies that you will need:

1. Nail Clippers

Nail Clippers

First and foremost, you can’t very well trim your customers’ nails to begin their manicures without having the proper nail clippers

However, nail technicians and salon owners shouldn’t purchase any old nail clippers to do the job. A true nail technician requires a few different types of nail clippers, including the following:

  • Nail edge clippers – Standard nail clippers aren’t strong enough to clip a customer’s acrylic nails. Nail edge clippers allow you to shape acrylic nails, such as creating a straight edge or rounded edge easily.
  • Standard nail clippers – It’s also helpful to have a pair of standard nail clippers on hand for customers who do not have acrylic nails.
  • Toenail clippers – Although you might feel compelled to use standard nail clippers for pedicures, you are likely to find that these also aren’t strong enough to trim toenails. Having a pair of clippers designed specifically for trimming toenails will make your pedicure that much easier.
Different Nail Clippers

2. Acrylic Nail Tips

Acrylic Nail Tips

Although you can purchase acrylic nail tips practically anywhere now but before you could’ve gotten them at any regular department or beauty supply store, and not all of them are designed for salon quality.

Additionally, many salon suppliers offer sets of nail tips of up to $500. Purchasing these larger sets will not only give you a variety of sizes for different sized nails and hands but also keep your salon stocked.

On the other hand, if you are curious to know how much acrylic nails cost these days, you check our article here.

3. Acrylic Powder Kit

Professional Acrylic Nail Kit Essentials

Acrylic nails are a very popular customer request in today’s salons; therefore, it’s important to ensure that your salon has acrylic nail supplies on the list for nail technician kits. A complete acrylic powder kit should include the following items:

  • Acrylic Powder
  • Acrylic Liquid
  • Dappen Dish (glass cup)
  • Brush

In case you want some expert recommendations, you can quickly read here our article on the best acrylic powder and acrylic liquid.

4. Nail Cleanser

Nail Cleanser

Nail cleanser is different from nail polish remover, which also makes an appearance on this nail salon equipment checklist. 

Nail cleanser helps keep nails as well as the skin around the nails clean to help prevent infections. It also helps acrylic nails tips to stick better to the natural nail after application.

5. Nail Polish Remover

Nail Polish Remover

As mentioned above, nail polish remover is a must-have item on the nail salon equipment checklist. It offers an effective way to remove nail color. However, it’s crucial to understand the differences in nail polish removers. 

Some can be abrasive and leave nails dry and brittle. To ensure optimal nail health, choose a nail polish remover that has a moisturizing formula with ingredients like glycerin, vitamin E, or aloe vera.

6. Hand Soap

Use a gentle one so that you can also use it as a soak for your hands. If your hand soap has oils in it too it will help soften the hands and nail beds.

7. Manicure Bowl

A manicure bowl is used to soak the nails. You can use either a simple round bowl or one specially designed for manicures. It has a section for the hand to rest on so only the nails sit in the water.

8. Moisturizer


To really pamper your hands choose a good quality lotion. Match the brand to your hand soap to make your kit look smart.

9. Nail File Kit

Nail FIle Kit

This kit is used to file and smooth the edges of your acrylic nails. Have a variety of grits – the rougher grits (lower numbers) are used to file away rough edges, and the smoother grits (higher numbers) are used to smooth the edge of the nail.

Select the best quality you can afford – a bad nail file can mess up your nail and undo all the hard work you did to make them look beautiful.

10. Nail Bits

Nail Drill Bits

Nail drill bits are essential tools for nail technicians, aiding in shaping, filing, and buffing nails efficiently.

Choosing the right nail drill bits depends on the nail service, the nail’s condition, and personal preference. Ensure safe use by disinfecting bits, controlling drill speed, practicing correct techniques, and regular maintenance. 

Learn more here about nail drill bits.

11. Electric Nail File

Curating the Perfect Nail Art Toolkit

Decrease the time taken to file nails with an electric nail file. This is more of an optional suggestion, but if you are going to be doing acrylic nails regularly then you should seriously consider getting one. 

There are many entry-level, affordable ones on the market.

12. Nail Buffer Blocks

Nail Buffer

Nail buffer blocks are made with four different surfaces, each designed to file, buff, polish, and shine nails.  A good acrylic nail supply should have a nail buffer.

13. Nail Glue

Nail Glue

Sometimes nail glue can be used to repair a broken acrylic nail instead of mixing acrylic powder and liquid. Nail glue is easy and convenient to use in a snap to repair one broken acrylic nail. 

However, if a customer’s acrylic nails are in really rough shape or if a full set is needed, then it may be best to use acrylic powder and liquid.

14. Cuticle Exfoliator

Cuticle Exfoliator

You can’t give your customer a proper manicure without tending to their cuticles. A cuticle exfoliator is a great tool to help you remove dry, rough cuticles without causing pain.

15. Cuticle Oil

Cuticle Oil

In addition to using a cuticle exfoliator, cuticle oil will help you soften cuticles, making it easier to push them back, exposing more of the nail bed. When creating acrylic designs a good cuticle oil is a must in your acrylic nail supplies.

16. Cuticle Pusher

Cuticle Pusher

Pushing cuticles back exposes more of the nail bed, which provides a clean and neat look as well as a better surface to apply acrylics.

17. Cuticle Nippers

Cuticle Nippers

This is a great tool to be added to your acrylic nail supplies. Cuticle nipper aids in the process of cleaning up cuticles. However, it’s best not to rely on these for every manicure as excessive cutting can cause infection and bleeding.

18. Bond Aid

Bond Aid

Bond aid is brushed onto the natural nail before the glue. It balances the pH in your nails to the optimum level for the acrylic nail to adhere.

19. Topcoat


You can’t complete a manicure without a quality topcoat. Applying a topcoat to your customers’ nails will protect the nails as well as help keep their manicures looking fresh until their next visit.

20. Manicure Towelettes

Manicure Towelettes

These are handy for removing chemicals from customers’ hands after the manicure is complete. These can also be used to clean brushes after use. 

Although many nail technicians can purchase manicure towelettes in bulk from various suppliers, some nail technicians simply use pieces of paper towels instead.

21. Toe Separators

Toe Separator

Toe separators are another must-have item in your acrylic nail supplies. Especially for pedicures. Depending on the size and shape of the feet, top separators can make it easy for nail technicians to paint each toenail without one toe smudging polish on the other.

22. Pedicure Foot File

Pedicure Foot File

Yes, a pedicure foot file is also known as a callus remover and it is different than the various nail files we reviewed above. 

A pedicure foot file is designed with both rough and fine surfaces can be used to help smooth rough areas of the feet and even rid the feet of calluses.

23. Salon Smock

Salon Smock

A salon smock is a good thing to keep nearby your workspace as it is can help protect your clothes from chemicals as well as keep your clothes clean for your next appointment!

24. Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer keeps your hands clean and free of germs that could infect the nail bed.

25. Kolinsky Sable Brush

Kolinsky Sable Brush

No acrylic nail supplies list would be complete without mentioning a Kolinsky sable brush. A good quality acrylic nail brush is one of the most important tools on this acrylic nail supplies list. 

You will need to decide on the right size and shape for you. The better quality your acrylic nail brush is, the better the finished sculptured acrylic nail will be.

26. Disposable Nail Forms

These keep the acrylic nail shape and get the c-curve while drying, and also stop the glue from getting under the natural nails. Get some nail forms to help out with the extra work!

27. Diamond Nail Files

Nail Files

Diamond nail files, coated in diamond dust, combine durability with precision for nail technicians. 

These nail files are versatile, suitable for all nail types, and provide benefits like enhanced hygiene due to washability, precision in shaping, and increased strength for tough nails. 

Read more here for some helpful tips about how to use nail files.

28. Dappen Dish

Dappen Dish

This small glass dappen dish will be used to hold your acetone and nail polish remover as you are working.

29. Nail Technician Supplies Toolbox 

Nail Technician Supplies Toolbox

The number of nail technician supplies and salon equipment we mentioned in this list can be overwhelming, especially when you think about where you are going to store it! 

This is why we recommend having a toolbox to store and keep all your acrylic nail supplies organized. 

Keeping your equipment and acrylic nail supplies in one place will not only help you to stay organized but will also make it easy to find the tool you are looking for when you need it. We also recommend purchasing this item last so you know which size is necessary.

Now that you have your complete acrylic nail supplies list, let’s talk about something that might not be the most glamorous part of being an acrylic nail artist but is absolutely crucial: safety and hygiene.

Safety and Hygiene for Acrylic Nail Artists

As much as we love creating stunning nail designs, we have to prioritize the health and well-being of ourselves and our clients. 

So, grab your dust masks and gloves, because we’re diving into the world of safety precautions!

Protective Gear: More Than Just a Fashion Statement

When it comes to acrylic nails, protecting your eyes, lungs, and hands should be your number one priority. 

Trust me, you don’t want to mess around with the potentially harmful chemicals and particles involved in this art form. 

Here are some essential items to have in your arsenal:

1. Eye Protection

Safety goggles or glasses are a must when working with acrylics. Not only do they shield your eyes from flying debris and chemicals, but they also make you look like a total boss in the salon.

2. Dust Masks

 Acrylic dust is no joke. Breathing in those tiny particles can lead to serious respiratory issues over time. Invest in a high-quality dust mask to keep your lungs happy and healthy.

3. Gloves

Protect those precious hands! Gloves not only shield you from potential allergic reactions to acrylics, but they also keep your skin safe from harsh chemicals. 

Plus, they make you feel like a superhero while you work your magic.

4. Dust Collector

 If you’re serious about creating acrylic nails, a dust collector is a game-changer. It sucks up all that pesky acrylic dust, keeping your workstation clean and reducing the risk of inhaling particles. It’s like having your own personal cleaning crew!

Additional Supplies and Decorations

Nail Supplies

Now that we’ve covered the safety basics, let’s move on to the fun stuff: additional supplies and decorative elements for your acrylic nail designs. 

These are the little extras that take your creations from ordinary to extraordinary. Here are a few options to consider:

1. Nail Art Brushes

A variety of brushes in different sizes and shapes will help you achieve precise and intricate designs. From fine lines to bold strokes, these brushes are your artistic allies.

2. Rhinestones and Gems

Add some bling to your nails with these sparkly beauties. Whether you’re going for a subtle accent or a full-on bedazzled look, rhinestones, and gems are the perfect finishing touch.

3. Glitters and Pigments

 Who doesn’t love a little sparkle? Glitter and pigments come in a wide range of colors and textures, allowing you to create dazzling effects and eye-catching designs.

4. Nail Stickers and Decals

 If you’re short on time or just want to add a quick and easy design element, nail stickers, and decals are your secret weapons. 

They come in endless designs and themes, making it easy to switch up your style whenever the mood strikes.

How to Make Your Acrylic Nails Last

Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge of safety precautions and some extra nail art goodies, let’s talk about how to make your acrylic nails last.

After all, who wants their hard work to chip away after just a few days? Here are some tips and recommendations to keep your nails looking flawless:

1. Prep is Key

Proper nail preparation is crucial for a long-lasting acrylic manicure. 

Make sure to clean, shape, and buff the nails before applying the acrylic. This creates a smooth and strong foundation for your design.

2. Quality Products

 Invest in high-quality acrylic powders, liquids, and topcoats. Trust me, it’s worth splurging a little to ensure the longevity of your nails. 

Cheap products can lead to chipping, lifting, and overall disappointment.

3. Maintenance Matters

Regular maintenance is essential for keeping your acrylic nails looking fresh. Fill in the growth gap every 2-3 weeks to prevent lifting and maintain the integrity of the design. 

And don’t forget to moisturize those cuticles!

4. Handle with Care

 Acrylic nails may be durable, but they’re not invincible. Avoid using your nails as tools and be mindful of activities that could cause damage, like opening soda cans or scratching off stickers. 

Treat your nails kindly, and they’ll reward you with a long lifespan.

Do You Need a Lamp to Do Acrylic Nails?

Nail Lamp

Ah, the age-old question: do you really need a nail lamp to do acrylic nails? The answer is both yes and no. Allow me to explain.

While a lamp is not necessary for the actual application of acrylics, it is essential for curing gel topcoats. 

Gel topcoats provide a beautiful, glossy finish to your acrylic nails and help protect them from chipping. To achieve that perfect, long-lasting shine, you’ll need a UV or LED lamp to cure the gel.

So, if you’re planning on adding a gel topcoat to your acrylic nail supplies list (which I highly recommend), investing in a lamp is a must. 

Trust me, it’s a game-changer for that salon-quality finish.

How Do You Clean Your Acrylic Nail Supplies?

Now that you’ve mastered the art of acrylic nails, it’s time to tackle the not-so-glamorous task of cleaning your supplies. 

Proper cleaning and maintenance will not only prolong the lifespan of your tools but also ensure the health and safety of your clients. Here are some cleaning tips and precautions:

1. Remove Excess Product: After each use, remove any excess acrylic or gel from your nail brushes and tools. Use a lint-free wipe or paper towel to gently wipe away the residue. This prevents buildup and keeps your tools in tip-top shape.

2. Soak in Acetone: For a deep clean, soak your brushes and tools in pure acetone. This will dissolve any leftover product and disinfect the tools. Just be sure to rinse them thoroughly afterward to remove any traces of acetone.

For tips on how to clean acrylic nail brush, you can read here to learn more on different ways to clean it like a pro.

3. Sterilize Between Clients: If you’re working in a salon or catering to multiple clients, it’s crucial to sterilize your tools between each use.

Invest in a high-quality sterilizing solution or use an autoclave to ensure cleanliness and prevent the spread of bacteria or infections.

4. Store Properly: After cleaning, make sure to store your acrylic supplies in a clean and dry container or pouch. This protects them from dust, moisture, and potential damage. Plus, it keeps everything organized for your next nail masterpiece!

Things to Look for When Purchasing Your First Acrylic Nail Art Kit

With numerous options available, selecting the perfect nail art kit can seem daunting. Don’t stress. Here’s what to consider before buying:

1. Quality of Products: 

Look for kits that include high-quality acrylic powders, liquids, and topcoats. You want products that are easy to work with, provide good coverage, and have a long-lasting finish.

2. Range of Colors: 

Variety is the spice of life, right? Make sure the kit offers a wide range of colors to play with. This allows you to explore different designs and cater to various client preferences.

3. Tools and Accessories: 

Check if the kit includes essential tools like brushes, files, and buffers. Having these items on hand saves you from having to buy them separately and ensures you have everything you need to get started.

4. Value for Money: 

We all love a good deal, but remember, quality trumps quantity. Don’t just go for the cheapest option. Look for kits that offer a good balance of quality and price. After all, you want your nails to look fabulous, not cheap.

Final Thoughts

Entering the world of acrylic nails can be overwhelming, but with this comprehensive guide for your acrylic nail supplies, you’re already a step ahead.

 Acrylic nail art is a blend of technique, quality tools, and, most importantly, your personal touch. So let your creativity soar, take good care of your tools, and always prioritize safety. 

Whether you’re diving in as a budding professional or just someone looking for a new hobby, the acrylic nail community is ready to welcome you with open arms. 

Remember, every nail artist started as a beginner at some point. Here’s to many beautiful nails in your future. Cheers to nailing it every time!

We’d love to hear about your experiences and favorite nail art tools. Do you have an item to add to our acrylic nail supplies list? Drop us a comment below and let’s keep the nail art conversation going!

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I'm Lynda Le, a licensed nail technician with over 20 years of experience in the nail and beauty industry. Passionate about sharing my knowledge, I took up blogging in 2016 to connect with others who love beauty as much as I do. For the latest tips and insights, follow me on Twitter at @polishperfectt.

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