11 Steps to Fabulous Dip Powder Nail Tips

Dip manicures are a hybrid of a manicure and fake nails. Dip manicures are thinner and require less filing than traditional acrylic or gel nails. They appear more natural, are less likely to lift, and are extremely simple to apply. Furthermore, no noxious liquid monomer or UV light are required! Do you want to learn how to get involved in this growing trend?

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1. Groom Your Nails

If you have polish on your nails, use a non-acetone nail polish remover and a lint-free pad to remove it. Allow nail growth by using a cuticle pusher as well as a cuticle trimmer or scraper. This is one of the most important dip powder nail tips because it allows your manicure to last longer before needing to be reapplied.

Nails Grooming

Before you begin, buff the top surfaces of your nails and file away any problematic areas.

2. Sanitize Your Nails With Alcohol

Wet a paper towel with alcohol or nail polish remover. Rub the moistened towel over your nails and fingers, starting with the closest knuckle and working your way down to your nails. In preparation for a dip manicure, this step cleans and dehydrates your nails. You don’t want to seal in any bacteria or grime, believe me.

3. Find the Right-Sized Tips

If you want to lengthen your nails, choose a tip for each nail that covers no more than a third of your nail bed. Each tip should span the entire width of your nail without overlapping onto the skin. Coat the tip wells with tip resin and hold each one at a 45-degree angle to the tip of the nail for 20 seconds.

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4. Paint on the Bonder & Brush on Resin

These two dip powder nail tips have been combined because they can be done quickly one after the other. First, apply the bonder in small strokes, being careful not to get it too close to the cuticle. Allow for one minute before applying the resin. Instead of applying the resin in strokes like nail polish, dot it with the belly of the brush applicator. Concentrate on making a clean edge just above the cuticle.

5. Dip Your Finger into the Container of Clear Nail Powder

First, thoroughly shake the powder-filled container. Mix the powder with the nail stick or pusher, then insert your finger into the container. Gently roll your finger. For five seconds, keep your finger in the powder. Remove your finger and tap your knuckle against the container to knock any excess powder back in. Once your nail is dry, remove any excess powder with a nail brush and a paper towel.

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6. Apply More Resin & Powder

Apply a layer of resin to the entire nail, including the tips. Apply it slowly and evenly. Another important dip powder nail tip to remember: if you want colored powder, now is the time to do it! Dip your finger into the powder again, shake off any excess, and then add more resin. Repeat this step to achieve a slightly thicker and stronger manicure.

7. Brush on Activator

Now comes the hard part. Apply the activator in strokes similar to how you would apply regular nail polish. Allow the activator to sit on the nails for five seconds. Apply a second coat and let it sit for five seconds before applying a third.

8. File the Nail Edges to Dull & Shape Them

Using a soft-grid file on the exposed edges and sides of the nails, file them down to a good shape. You can’t have uneven nails even without the dip powder, that’s the whole point of a manicure, after all.

9. Finish with a Top Coat

Make sure you’re using a top coat meant for acrylic nails. Allow your nails to air-dry for at least two minutes as you keep your fingers sedentary. Gently rub cuticle oil into the skin surrounding your nails. You can apply the top coat as you would any normal nail polish.

10. Wash Your Hands

One of the more obvious dry powder nail tips: Make sure your nails are completely dry before washing them. Use warm water, hand soap, and a good nail brush. Be sure to get around the tips of your nails, as well as underneath. Gently pat your nails dry with a towel.

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11. Maintain

Your manicure can last three to four weeks before needing a fill, but you may notice new nail growth near the cuticle area. You can, if you wish, do the fill as early as two weeks if you’d like. Here’s a small list of dip powder nail tips for keeping your new fabulous manicure as long as possible:

  • If you want to apply colored nail polish on top of the manicure, don’t get any on your cuticles. That can cause chipping and lifting.
  • If you’re using a fan to dry your nails, I’d go for cool air instead of warm.
  • Reapply a clear coat every few days to prevent chipping. Also, it doesn’t hurt to massage cuticle oil onto your nails every day if you can.
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