DIY Dip Nails: A Step-By-Step Guide
Posted on January 09 2019
Your love affair with gel manicures is coming to an end. There's a new manicure in town and it's going to be the best thing to happen to your nails. Just how great are dip powder nails? If you're looking for a healthy alternative to acrylics and gel polish, you've met your match. A dip powder nail manicure applies in half of the time of acrylic, outlasts gel polish, doesn't cause damage to your nail bed, and doesn't require exposure to a UV LED light. Even Pinterest reported searches for 'dip powder nails' up an astonishing +442%, declaring it one of the biggest and best trends for the year ahead.
Eager to find out more about dip powder treatments, we tested the manicure out for ourselves. To our surprise, the process is so easy you can do it yourself!
Our new obsession starts with Revel Nail Dip Powders. It is cruelty-free, vegan, and 7-free (does not contain the toxins Formaldehyde, Toulene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, and Xylene). Revel Nail offers over 250 colors of dipping powder. For this tutorial we want to find the perfect french manicure blush by choosing Scarlet Flawless Pink.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Dip Powder in your choice of color
- One Liquid Set or
- 1 Base Coat
- 1 Activator
- 1 Top Coat
- Manicure Buffer
- Emery Board Nail File
Create a smooth surface. Prep your nails by using a manicure block or a nail drill to create an even surface for the powder to be applied to. Push back and trim your cuticles but avoid using cuticle oils - this will prevent the powder from applying.
Apply your first coat on your first nail. Apply one thin, even coat of #1 Base Coat. Stop short of the cuticle. This is what the powder will adhere to, so make sure you get full coverage on your nail while keeping the coat as thin as possible. This will allow for an even, smooth powder application.
Time to dip your first nail! Cover the first nail in dipping powder by dipping your nail at an angle. Make sure you're entire nail is emerged for even coverage. Remove and gently tap the side of your finger to remove any excess powder.
Repeat step 2 and 3 as you continue this process across both hands, one nail at a time. For full coverage, apply a second thin, even base coat to each nail again. Repeat the process one more time for a second coat and brush of the excess powder. We used a loose brush to wipe away excess powder from our nails and hands.
Activate the powder by applying a generous coat of #2 Revel Nail Activator on each nail. You'll see the dipping powder color darken and become more opaque. Allow to completely dry. Be sure to cover the edges and cap off the tips of the nails.
Once your nails are dry, use an emery board nail file to shape your nails. We prefer the Best Nail Shape for 2019, almond shaped nails, but this time we went for a more classic squoval. Check our Guide To Finding The Best Nail Shape to find the best nail shape that will flatter your fingers.
After you finish shaping your nails, be sure to apply another coat of Activator to each nail. Allow to dry for at least two minutes.
Top it off by applying #3 Revel Nail Finish Gel. Wait 15 seconds and then apply a second coat of #3 Finish Gel. After the nails have completely dried (about 1-2 minutes), apply cuticle oil to treat and moisturize your nails.
STEP 6. THE FINAL #NAILFIE
So easy! Let us know how this tutorial works out for you. Show us your dip powder manicure by tagging us in your photos. Find us on Instagram @beyondpolish and #GoBeyondTheBottle.
For more, watch this video from Revel Nail for a complete, step-by-step process.
Video by Revel Nail via YouTube
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