Beginner's Guide to Dip Powder Nails

For some, gel and acrylic mani are already outdated. Then, there's got to be a reason for that. Well, you see, dip powder nails slowly gain its popularity into center stage. Dip powder mani isn't new, actually. It's been in the industry for years already, and only now it has been recognized by many.


Dip powder mani is actually different from other manicures usually done in salons or at home. It doesn't just have gorgeous results, but it also protects your natural nails. Dip powder mani is the right mix of sturdiness and style. 


Let's not waste any time, and let's check out this wonder manicure we have installed for you.


What is Dip Powder Manicure?


Dip powder mani is somewhere between a gel and acrylic nails. Some people even coined it "diet acrylic." This method of manicure doesn't use any UV light to seal the polish to your nails. Instead, the color you see is from pigment powder. 


After you've applied the base, you then brush the powder to your nails, or you could just dip inside the jar; the choice is yours. You then seal the powder with special resin-like glue. You are to repeat the dipping and sealing several times per nail.


What makes dip nails great is that they don't chip like other manicures. Now that's outstanding durability for the dip powder nails. 


Plus, it doesn't use any strong chemicals that damage your natural nails and no foul odors too. 


How to Apply Dip Powder at Home: Step-by-step Tutorial


Right before we get started with the tutorial, I want you to gather and organize your implements. Here's what you're going to need:


  • Cuticle remover
  • Nail buffer
  • Scrapper
  • Nail polish remover
  • Hand sanitizer (rubbing alcohol would do)
  • Dip powder kit

1# Preparation


Cleaning our nails is essential whenever we manicure them. Use your nail polish remover (if you have existing nail polish) and cuticle pusher to push back your cuticles if any cuticles are sticking out, using the nail scraper to remove them. Once that is done, buff and file your nails afterward.


2# Sanitize Your Nails


Use a palm-full of hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol to sanitize your nails. You should never skip this one. This process prevents germs and bacteria from getting trapped inside the nail polish. 


3# Apply the Base Coat


Apply the base coat on your nails, and leave it for about a minute or so. 


4# Apply the Colored Powder


After applying the base coat, you can dip your nail into the powder container, or you can use a brush to apply the powder to your nails. Then gently tap your finger to remove any excess powder. Let it dry for a minute, and repeat it; coat and powder several times. 


5# Use the Activator


The activator will harden the powder without curing it via UV light. Apply a coat of activator to have a clear finish on your nails. 


6# File or Buff the Nails


Carefully buff or file the edges of your nails to achieve the desired shape. 


7# Apply the Top Coat


After you've already applied the activator and filed your nails, you can then proceed to apply the topcoat. A single coat would do, and let it dry completely. 


Once it's all dry, you can then apply cuticle oil to help moisturize your fingertips after the manicure.


Final Thoughts


I would highly suggest dip powder if you happen to have weak and brittle nails. This type of manicure is so durable that it's even hard to chip. Not only that, the manicure can even last up to a month. If you think of it, this method does save you a few bucks in the long run. For more nail insights and tips, stay tuned to our blog series. Until next time. 


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