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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you apply acrylic powders?

To apply acrylic powder, start by prepping the nail plate by pushing back the proximal nail fold and removing any non-living tissue on the nail plate.

Next, buff away the shine on the nail with a 180 file and apply dehydrator and primer to the entire nail bed.

Then, dipping your brush into the monomer, “Burp” your brush and wipe off any excess so that all of the liquid is at the end of the brush.

Gently lay the brush tip into the surface of the acrylic powder and gather enough to apply to a single nail in one go. Once on the brush, allow it to be glossy before placing it on the nail. And, of course, if you want to be taught by an award-winning team, head over to our training section.

What liquid do you use with acrylic powder?

Use a monomer liquid. Monomer liquid when combined with acrylic powders creates a kind of malleable putty that is then used to create acrylic nails.

Is acrylic powder the same as dip powder?

What is the difference between coloured acrylic powders and dip powder? The difference is that dip powder is ground finer than acrylic nail powders.

How long do acrylic nails last?

Acrylic nails can last up to three weeks with the right care. If they are not well taken care of however, they may start to lift, chip or peel before the three week mark.

How do you remove acrylic nails?

The best advice will always be to go and see a professional for the best results. However, if you can’t get to see one, then Etch your nail with a 180 file and put some acetone in a bowl, and put your fingers in. Soak for 30 to 40 minutes. Every so often, take them out and rub them with a cotton pad soaked in acetone, and then use a wooden stick to gently scrape away at the soft acrylic as it begins to loosen. Continue to do this a few times until all the acrylic has gone. Be mindful not to scrape at the nail plate when removing.

Are acrylics better than gel?

When done by a professional nail technician, acrylic is no better than gel polish and vice versa. It all comes down to personal preference.

Do you have any sets of all the Glitterbels acrylics?

Yes, we have an acrylic powder set that contains all of our acrylic nail colours here.

Can you paint over coloured acrylic powder?

Yes, absolutely. Though it may seem a strange question, we have all, at one point, decided with a colour that we regret. If the colour applied to your nail is an acrylic colour and it is impossible to change without removing and starting again, you can buff the entire nail and paint over with a nail varnish you have at home rather than visit a salon and incur huge extra costs.

TIP: if the colour you are wearing is perhaps too dark for your varnish choice and not covering, apply white nail varnish first to give yourself a blank canvas, leave it to dry, and then paint with the lighter colour if desired.