The biggest benefit of dip powder manicures? Longevity says Dasha Minina, certified and licensed nail technician and founder of Maxus Nails and Beautician List. “If done properly, they can last up to a month.”
There are some new at-home kits that make it easier than ever to try a dip powder manicure. But there are some tips and tricks of the trade.
“When applying your dip powder manicure at home just make sure you follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer,” says Totty. “It’s pretty easy once you practice a few times.”
Most dip powder nail kits come with a bonder (aka non-acid primer) to prep your nails and ensure good application, a base coat, a chemical activator that dries the dip base, a top coat and a variety of colors. Start by cleaning your nails to get rid of any dirt and oils. Then apply the bonder so that the powder adheres to your nails. Next brush on the base coat. Then dip your nail into the powder, brushing off any excess.
You may need to use two or three coats of powder to achieve your desired opacity. Apply the base coat between coats of powder. Once you’re done with color, apply the activator to harden the powder and let it dry for a couple of minutes. Finish off with the top coat.
“Lighter, sparkly colors are easier to apply and won’t show too many flaws for a beginner,” says Totty. “You can also apply lacquer over a clear dip manicure so you can use what you already have and don’t have to buy too many colors.”
Removal is important as well. “Make sure you soak it off properly and don’t damage your natural nails,” says Totty. Oh, and don’t do them too often because they can cause nail thinning due to excessive filing.
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