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What is a Top Coat and do I need one for Glossy Boys Gel Nail Polish?

A Top Coat can make your nails harder, shinier or a matte finish (dull, no shine finish) and you DON'T need it for Glossy Boys or GB. We created nail polish that is simple and accessible which is why GB is a 3-in-1 which means it has all that good stuff inside.

What is a ‘coat’ of nail polish? 

A coat is one layer of nail polish completely covering your nails. 

How many coats should I do of Glossy Boys?

2 coats is recommended to make it look even and nice :)

My first coat of Glossy Boys dried weird, is that ok?

Yeap, totally fine. GB is made for 2 coats and the bubbly look will smooth out completely once you’ve completely dried the first coat (4-6 minutes for each nail under the UV Lamp) and then applied and completely dried the second coat. 

What is the difference between Gel Nail Polish (like Glossy Boys) and regular nail polish? 

Regular nail polish will air dry, often needs a base coat and a top coat, and will chip and peel quicker than Glossy Boys. Regular nail polish, for an active peep will last 1-2 days without being wrecked, Glossy Boys will last upto 2 weeks. 

Do I have to clean by Glossy Boys brushes?

Nope, no need. The brush hairs are delicate so try not to pull or wipe them on things that might pull them out. Always store your pens with the lid upright so your polish doesn't leak out (like all paint!). If you get a bit of grit on your brush gently remove with a cotton bud. Don't leave your pen out in the sun, near or near your UV lamp as it might dry out my dude!

Is there a nail polish time saver HACK? 

Yes, do it once every two weeks, that’s why we made Glossy Boys a Gel Nail Polish Pen. So you have a super quick application, once it’s dried you can do anything, and it stays for up to 2 weeks. 

Regular nail polish takes at least 30 minutes to dry, up to 40 minutes if you really want to be safe. Glossy Boys takes two coats of UV light 4-6 minutes each and you’re completely done. No fussy top or base coats. Just two layers of epic colour, some UV light and you’re good to go.

If you wear regular nail polish, there are some. Running cold water over your nails might dry it faster, there are some fancy sprays…but really regular nail polish takes ages to dry and you have to be careful for ages after you apply it. Glossy Boys goes straight on and stays on.

Is regular nail polish easier to use? 

It doesn’t work as well as Gel Polish like Glossy Boys, often needs a lot of steps (like a Top Coat and a Base Coat) and will chip faster. It is easier to get off, and you can air dry regular nail polish. Glossy Boys is created so you can skate, surf, draw, game and know you’re good to go.

Is Glossy Boys Gel Nail Polish hard to get off?

Glossy Boys Gel Nail Polish is hardy, so it has a special way of being removed. Click here for instructions and a video on how to remove Glossy Boys Gel Nail Polish.

Is Men’s Nail Polish Taking Off?

Well this can mean two things really. Is men’s nail polish taking off in the world at large, you bet. Everyone from the past and present including Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, A$AP Rocky, Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles are playing around with nail art to express themselves. According to Esquire Magazine “The key is to give zero f2cks. Own that fact that by painting your nails, you’re automatically putting yourself in a higher echelon of style that’s open to anyone who takes the leap." ( Read about it here )

Take off Nail Polish? 

Also how to take Nail Polish off? Here’s a link to our nail polish removal guide for Glossy Boys Gel Nail Polish. 

Is it OK for Guys to wear clear nail polish? 

Yes, you can even put it over our nail stickers. Or not, you don’t have to, our nail stickers look pretty epic with or without polish. Clear nail polish is a subtle way to stop you biting your nails (nail polish does NOT taste good) and is a nice flash of ‘level up’ on your hands. 

What the hell is a “Menicure”?

A Menicure is just a gendered manicure (an manicure is traditionally a nice hand soak in warm water, a hand massage, filing-and-nail-styling and sometimes painting, sounds good, huh?). However, what this is referring to, we suspect, is just guys, lads, or male-identifying people wearing nail polish. GASP. 

So you are gendering nail polish too Glossy Boys! Yeap, can’t lean away from it, we did. We recognised that going into a giant discount department store and wading through pink pompom cosmetic cases and cheap lip gloss might not be for everyone. We also recognise that (why are they always PINK?) pharmacies (or the US ‘Drug Store’) are like some scary overwhelming labyrinth with sometimes pretty unfriendly gatekeepers that have massive walls of … massive walls of LOADS of confusing stuff with no guide in sight. Pick your peril, or come to Glossy Boys where we ‘Kit’ it all up for you, have some epic nail stickers to add some epic art.

So we made our nail polish for guys, lads, men, boys, or male-identifying-persons because we felt the current market was pretty biased and hyper-feminised, generally confusing to navigate for our lads, so we decided to make stuff just for you.

Does painting your nails help kick the ‘biting your nails’ habit? 

You bet it does. Heaps of people use this as a way to break that habit (and don’t even get us into biting your TOENAILS!). So, how? Firstly, you spent some effort making your nails look cool, so why would you eat your art? Also, you’ll go to gnaw, catch a glimpse and decide not to in a split second. Bam. Problem solved.

Is it weird for a guy to wear nail polish?

Ok, we will answer this... The answer is just NO. From epic gamers like Karl Jacobs to everyone in between, nail polish on male identifying peeps, guys, dudes…seriously, do we have to explain Karl to anyone? 

Is it okay for guys to paint their nails?

Not only is it OK, but it’s epic. Who wants boring nails? We are using our hands on screens, keyboards et al, making us focus on hands more than ever. And when you’re out and about you can level up with rad nail art stickers. We stay close to all the coolest peeps, pick out the trends and deliver them to your door all with a couple of clicks at Glossy Boys. Go here for our latest nail sticker collection :)

Is nail polish only for females?

When gamer Karl Jacobs first wore nail polish on his channel, people lost their minds. “Could this guy get any more perfect?” was more than one response. Why should it only be for girls? Who said? 

When did guys start wearing nail polish?

So we went deep into TikTok here, just for you to answer this oft asked relic of a question. From ancient Zhou to Persians to Egyptians, nail polish has been around for eons. Anything that leveled you up, you bet guys did. So when this is asked we are going to answer. Guys have been wearing nail polish from rock stars to ancient dudes for eons and as we muscle aside toxic gender stereotypes (who gets to decide what we wear anyway? Our Grandpa?!) we start wearing nail polish NOW! 

Should guys wear nail polish?

Yes, yes they should. They can get it right here {LINK}. Shameless plug.

Is it okay for Guys to wear nail polish?

Yes. It’s also cool, interesting and a great way to show off your hands when you’re making TikToks, Youtube's or just keying away. Who doesn’t like pushing some buttons, hmm?

How to get Nail Polish that won’t come off?

Ok, so your nails grow, so you do want to be replacing your nail polish about every two weeks. Glossy Boys isn’t just any bog standard nail polish in a jar with the word ‘lad’ sprinkled around. We did loads of research into nail bed sizes, handle sizes, what we could do to make the whole experience easier and just better. So we came up with our Gel Nail Polish Pens. Modeled off old skool style fat textas we made a pen you could just as easily put in a pencil case as anywhere else with a strong handle and brush that self inks with our special Gel Nail Polish to make it easy to put on, and won’t come off in a hurry.

What does it mean when a guy wears Black Nail Polish?

That he or they are quite stylish really. There’s no hidden code. 

Men’s nail polish ideas?

We like black nail polish, it’s true. We added nail stickers as we figure that peeps like to be expressive. And we humbly think there’s nothing cooler than some rad black nail polish that when you get up close you find a cool design or bit of extra colour. We are expressly made for guys to expressly express themselves. Say that 10 times fast! 

Men’s nail polish colours?

There is a strict code you know, men must only wear ‘masculine colours’ like black, blue, grey and maybe some kind of khaki. Just jokes. There is no code and a ‘masculine colour’ is just a made up thing. We love all our colours, we think you might too (shameless plug).

Does men’s nail polish hide fungus?

There is a lot on the great interwebs about men and nails and fungus. I’m sure you’re glad to know that too now. Don’t be painting your nails if you have fungus, go down to one of those pink pharmacies and speak to an expert. Treat your fungus. We are not fungus experts, but it’s quite easy to treat, we believe. In fact, we can help: we highly recommend speaking to the absolute expert pharmacists at Vim & Co Pharmacy in Northbridge

Nail Polish for Men’s Toes, you ask? 

Sure, Glossy Boys Gel Nail Polish can be applied on toes. We’ve done it. It’s a little tricky with the travel light in our kit, but if you’re keen for some colour on your toesie we are there for you. Text us on +61 414 524 215 ‘Toe nails’ and we can hook you up with a bigger lamp to fit your toes with comfort. 

Does wearing nail polish make people think you are Gay?

So this o’ chestnut. You’re sexual orientation makes you gay, or bisexual, or pansexual or hetro sexual or asexual, not what you put on your nails. 

Do I have to show up how manly I am when I wear nail polish?

If you like. 

Do I have to be a musician if I wear nail polish?

Um, no. But you do you. 

Do male rockstars wear nail polish?

Well, yes they do. Some even have their own brands. We don’t mind them, though they were a little ‘hyper male’. If you’re young you don’t need to see long nails running over boobs to want to wear nail polish. 

Should ‘I bloke it up’ when I wear nail polish?

At Glossy Boys, we keep things clean, we recognise our customer is brave and we don’t feel we have to shove any kind of masculinity or femininity down anyone’s throats thank you. Bloke it up if you like. What does that even mean?

Will people ask me questions when I wear nail polish in public?

Yes, they will likely ask about the colour and you might… get compliments! Remember, everyone is the main character of their own film, if you get anyone who feels the need to make a negative comment (you’ll be surprised that you won’t really get this, but just in case) know that there’s something going on in their OWN head, that’s on them. Love your new nails and the bask in all the compliments.

I have to get my nail polish off in a hurry!

Righto, this is a tough one. Glossy Boys is made to stay on, so give yourself some alone time with your nail polish remover and meditate or zen out for anywhere from 6-10 minutes (how thickly you apply it makes a difference). Set yourself up with your favourite Netflix episode and hook in completely before you start. 

You can carefully (carefully!) buff off the top layer (not your nail bed!!) with a nail file or extra-fine sandpaper (it is, the same thing, one is just attached to a stick), then soak your nails. Use the cuticle sticks we provide in the Kit or get them in our store. Here's what you can do if you don't have our Remover Pads (from things in under the kitchen sink or from the hardware).

Which hand should I paint first? 

Use your dominant hand to paint your non-dominant hand first. Why? First your dominant hand is steadier and it will go better, giving you confidence to do the other hand. Make sure you completely finish your hand: two coats, completely dry before starting on your dominant hand. 

Also you can do things with your dominant hand while you wait. Bonus. 

But what if I get allergic to things?

Like anything you put on or in your body, be careful. Always make sure you have patch tested any product you use including Gel Nail Polish, and know that you will have to use harsh chemicals like acetone to remove the polish. Don’t use nail polish if you have sensitive skin or allergies. 

But I have light sensitivities?

UV lamps are used globally. However, anyone that is taking medication that might make them sensitive to light or have skin conditions that affect their ability to deal with UV rays should not use Gel Nail polish as a UV Lamp is required to dry the Gel Nail Polish.

Are guys wearing nail polish boundary blurring?

What is boundary blurring anyway? Ok, ok, we will say it. Yes, you are painting your nails. Some people might think that’s blurring a boundary. Frankly, we like our boundaries to glow (wait for our range of glow in the dark nail art!). At Glossy Boy’s we love that according to Nylon Magazine, there has been a 3,329% search increase for “easy male nail art” especially as we have it right here for you (shameless LINK goes here}



















We quite like that the major major male nail polish Reddit handle is: 

First time? New but not confident? How to be safe? Start here!


Absolute beginner tutorial for Lads, Guys, Men and Male- identifying people. Xtreme-wear Glossy Boys Nail Polish how-to, easy guide to painting your nails at home with Gel Nail Polish Pens by Glossy Boys. 


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Beginners guide to nail polish

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Best ways to apply nail polish if you’re a Lad, guy, man, or male identifying person

What does black nail polish mean on a guy?

What does nail polish mean on a guy?

What colour looks best on guys?

How do I paint my nails? 

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Menicure made easy

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How to use UV Lights 

How to Gel Nail polish manicure

*A Lad is a male-identifying person on any chosen part of the binary (or non).


How to Use Glossy Boys Soak-off Gel Remover Pads
Here’s a video on how to take Glossy Boys Gel Nail Polish off. → 

Use tiny amount on skin 24 hours before to test for allergies

Give yourself some time to chill and do this - takes 10 minutes to remove

Protect any surfaces - this is chemical paint striper

Pads come connected - split pads into 1 packet

Carefully cut open packet top side up so chemicals don’t spill 

We recommend you cut the tops off all at once 

Remove plastic strip on pads so it’s sticky and ready

Place Open packet with pad side over nail 

Fold each long edge in and then top side (like a nail burrito) and fit snuggly to nail


(mmm burrito) 

Sticky side should stick it all nice a snug

Twist nail pad occasionally to encourage polish removal

Remove after 10 minutes of soaking

Scrape any remaining polish with wooden Cuticle Stick (available at Glossy Boys and comes in our GB OG Kit)

Buff any remaining polish carefully with nail file 

Tada! Clean nails


What you need: 

10 pieces 300mm x 300mms of either tissue, cotton pad or paper towel (toilet paper will do at a pinch, it doesn’t much matter it’s to absorb liquid remover) that are each ripped or cut roughly to size

10 pieces of aluminum foil that are ripped or cut to roughly 3cm x 3cm each

A cuticle stick to scrape the polish off (called a ‘cuticle stick’ or ‘orange peel stick’). We supply one in the Starter Kit. N.B using the stick to remove old polish is VERY satisfying.

Cutex “Ultra Strength” acetone remover (removes ‘gel nail polish’) is  designed for Glossy Boy’s hardy ‘gel polish’ type of nail polish. 

Or you can get bog standard acetone from Bunnings. It is cheaper but it takes longer to soak off. 

Any acetone you use will work. Remember you are using chemicals; so do a test swab first and test for skin reactions, use in a ventilated area and remove and rinse with cold water immediately if skin reacts (see below for poisoning information).

Steps for Removal:

Cover work surface to ensure chemicals do not damage the area (just in case)

Then, take each 300mm strip of tissue/cotton pad and soak or dip in acetone/or gel nail polish remover. Don’t go nuts, make sure it doesn't drip everywhere.

Place your soaked bit of cotton in acetone solution/gel nail polish remover, then place soaked pad within the aluminum foil strip and wrap around the nail tightly with the strips of aluminum foil. 

Make sure your soaked tissue surface face the nail you’re getting your polish off :))

Squish the wrapped aluminum foil onto your fingertip until it stays on. 

Leave for about 6-8 minutes to soak.

Optional to pretend you have robot fingers.

Remember you have chemicals on your fingers so don’t touch your phone as the acetone could escape and melt the delicate glass, and that would suck. 

10 minutes later remove aluminum foil and cotton and scrape off excess polish with a wooden stick. This is fun.

 Rub with a tissue, toilet paper or cotton pad soaked in remover.

Wash your hands.

Ta da - clean nails. 

Safety, dude…

Use all products and equipment only for its intended use, as described.

Stickers may be a choking hazard, not for use on children under 5 years old or people at risk. 

Product made in China  | Keep out of reach of children |Glossy Boys Pty Ltd. Head office Perth, Western Australia

FIRST AID FOR ACETONE REMOVER: Refer to instructions on bottle. If poisoning occurs contact a poisons information center (phone Australia is 13 11 26 and New Zealand 0800 764 766) or a Doctor immediately. If swallowed do not induce vomiting, if in eyes wash out immediately with plenty of water and seek medical attention. 


Cover Surfaces! Don’t use this if you have cuts or abrasions. You can also pour enough acetone (from the chemist or Bunnings) in two small glass bowls to cover your nails, then cover your hands with a cloth (so the fumes don't get up your nose). Chillax, and soak for 10-12 minutes if you don’t want to fuss with foil. Both works. A bit of buffing with a nail file is generally required - please be careful as nail files and buffers are basically sandpaper and can hurt your skin if you’re not gentle!. As above, 10 minutes later remove your hands and wash thoroughly, scrape off excess polish with a wooden stick (carefully safety first please be gentle). 

Rub with a tissue, toilet paper or cotton pad soaked in remover to finish removal and wash hands with soap and water.

Safety, dude…

Use all products and equipment only for its intended use, as described.

Stickers may be a choking hazard, not for use on children under 10 years old or individuals at risk..

FIRST AID  & GENERAL ADVICE FOR GEL NAIL POLISH:  Do not use gel nail polish around open flames or any acetone or removal products. If poisoning occurs contact a poisons information center (phone Australia 13 11 26 and New Zealand 0800 764 766) or a Doctor immediately. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting, if in eyes wash out immediately with plenty of water and seek medical attention immediately.

Do you ship Overseas?

Lads! Not yet! But sooooon! 

We would love you to get your Glossy Boys no matter where you live. We are working super hard to get international shipping! Stay tuned by joining our Glossy Brigade email list to be the first to know (and heaps of other cool goodies!) 🔜 DUDE!