Acrylic nail powder is a polymerized monomer used to create artificial acrylic nails. Manufacturers use specialized spinning devices to mix substances like ethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate into a fine acrylic nail powder, adding colors or glitter during the spinning process.
A nail technician combines a liquid activator with acrylic nail powder to create an acrylic covering that hardens after application to the nail bed. The powder hardens within a few minutes, giving the technician time to shape the nail. Most applications include applying a nail tip and filling in the nail bed with the acrylic powder.
Two types of acrylic coloring include dyes and pigment. Dyes dissolve directly into the solvent, and pigments go directly into the powder. Colors and dyes give technicians ways to personalize their work.