Can You Put Regular Nail Polish Over Acrylic Nails?

Tired of the color of your acrylic nails and want something different now? Using regular nail polish to paint over acrylic nails sounds like a great plan, but is it really worth it?

You can make it work by following our thorough guide to painting acrylic nails with regular nail polish. So, let’s check it out!

Can You Put Regular Nail Polish Over Acrylic Nails?

Regular nail polish sticks perfectly fine over acrylic nails, however, the color won’t last very long. It is a convenient way for a quick color change. The regular nail polish might not show up on acrylic nails evenly especially if the acrylics aren’t clear. You will have to apply multiple coats for the proper color.

can you put regular nail polish over acrylic nails

Today, I will discuss how you can put regular polish over acrylic nails. It is important to learn the right way to use regular nail polish on acrylics if you want to keep the acrylics intact. I will also discuss some better alternatives to regular nail polish for your acrylics and reasons for an alternative. So, let’s get started!

How to Put Regular Nail Polish Over Acrylic Nails?

Tired of looking at the same nail color for days or even weeks? Want to change the color of your acrylic nails for a few days? No worries, as I have a complete guide to help you paint your acrylics with regular nail polish without messing them up. Go through the full guide for all the tips and tricks!

Here’s everything you need to paint over your acrylic nails:

  • Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • Baby Wipes
  • Acrylic Friendly Base Coat
  • UV Lamp
  • Your Favorite Colored Regular Nail Polish
  • Top Coat

One thing to remember is that regular nail polish won’t last long on the acrylic nails. No matter how strong of a top coat you use, the lifespan of regular nail polish isn’t longer than a week.

1. Remove the Nail Polish From Your Acrylics

a nail technician buffing gel nails with a drill

Before painting your acrylic nails, you have to remove the previous color. Skip this step if the acrylic nails are clear. If you already have gel polish over acrylic nails, remove it with a nail drill.

If your acrylic nails are already coated in regular polish, use nail polish remover to get rid of it. Go for an acetone-free formula. Acetone-free nail polish removers are weak and don’t melt the acrylics. 

Acetone removers react with the acrylics and dissolve them. However, if you decide to use acetone removers, work quickly! Don’t allow any time for the acetone to dissolve the acrylic nails.

2. Push the Cuticles Back

After removing the nail polish, push the cuticles back with a cuticle pusher. This will allow the nail polish to evenly spread to the cuticle area as well. Otherwise, it will sit on top of the cuticles. 

3. Clean the Acrylics

Use baby wipes to clean your acrylic nails before painting them. Cleaning the nails provides a smooth surface. It also clears out the smell of nail polish remover that might stay on the acrylics after removing the nail polish.

4. Apply a Base Coat

Painting the acrylic nails directly with regular nail polish will stain them. Applying a base coat before the nail polish prevents staining

Base coats will also provide a smooth surface for the nail polish. Otherwise, the polish won’t spread evenly and form lumps on your nails. 

Note: Go for acrylic-friendly base coats instead of strengthening and revitalizing ones. You are putting the base coat on the acrylic nails so strengthening properties won’t benefit your natural nails in any way.

5. Apply the Nail Polish

Choose your nail polish color and apply it to your acrylics. You might have to apply more than one coat. Going for a darker shade is better if you truly want the color to show up on the acrylics.

6. Apply a Top Coat

Applying a topcoat will keep your regular nail polish intact for several days. It adds shine to your nails and makes them look beautiful.

different regular nail polish colors

Benefits of Using Regular Nail Polish Over Acrylic Nails

After learning how to put regular nail polish over acrylic nails, let’s check out some benefits of this hack as well!

1. Easy Color Change

Having the same color of acrylic nails can be boring at times. You can’t change your acrylics every week but you can paint them with a new regular nail polish. 

Regular nail polish is easy to remove from acrylic nails. All you need is a non-acetone remover and you are good to go. 

2. Cost-Effective

If you regularly change your acrylic nails every week, it will be very expensive. Whereas, using regular nail polish to change the color of your acrylics is cheap. You can buy regular nail polish for as little as $5. You can use that for multiple applications. Chances are that you already have a suitable regular nail polish color at home. 

3. Easy Way to Repair Damage and Chips

Acrylic nails become dull over time. They can get damaged or the color can chip off by rubbing against different materials. Daily work affects the acrylic nails a lot.

Any repair regarding acrylic nails is expensive if you get it done from a nail salon. But painting the acrylics with regular nail polish is a quick and easy fix. It will also bring back the shine of acrylic nails

Reasons Not to Paint Acrylic Nails With Regular Nail Polish

Painting acrylic nails with regular nail polish isn’t the best idea due to various reasons. You won’t get a long-lasting manicure by using regular nail polish over acrylics. Here are all the reasons why!

1. Regular Nail Polish Requires Frequent Repainting

Acrylic nails last 4-6 weeks. You need to refill after a minimum of 2 weeks. People get acrylic nails so they don’t have to visit a nail salon every other day to paint their nails. Using regular nail polish over acrylics is going to ruin this purpose.

Regular nail polish is prone to chipping off from the acrylics easily. Even if you use a top coat, regular nail polish won’t last more than a week. (that too if you are lucky, otherwise it will chip off within 5 days)

2. Creates Lumps in Acrylic Nails

The chemical composition of acrylic nails and regular nail polish is entirely different. Painting the acrylics with regular nail polish results in a lumpy application. You won’t be able to get rid of the lumps even after removing the nail polish. 

Note: Applying a base coat on acrylic nails before using regular nail polish can help with this problem, but some chances of lumps are still there. (especially if the base coat isn’t high-quality)

Final Thoughts

Painting acrylic nails with regular nail polish is a quick and easy way to change their color. It is inexpensive and you can experiment with mixing different colors, however, it isn’t long-lasting.

Avoid using acetone remover on the acrylics before painting them. Make sure to use a base coat to prevent staining the acrylics and top it off with a top coat. Otherwise, regular nail polish will chip off within a day.

You can also use gel polish on the acrylics but removing it would be a bit harder. If you haven’t got your acrylic nails done, you may want to go for gel nails, since there are some advantages of gel polish compared acrylic nails.