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DIY Dip Nails: A Step-By-Step Guide

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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:

STEP 1.

Dip Powder Nails

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.


STEP 2.

Dip Powder Nails

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. 


STEP 3.

Powder Nail Dip Manicure

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. 

Dip Powder Nails Manicure


STEP 4. 

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.

Dipping Powder Nails Manicure Activator

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. 

Manicure Powder Nail Dipping Powder Tutorial


STEP 5.

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. 

Dipping Powder Dip Powder Nail Tutorial

 

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

 

 

Start dipping! Visit our collection of OPI, Revel Nail, DND, and SNS powder nail dipping powders. Click to shop the entire collection.

 

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12 comments

  • Jean M Rodriguez: October 04, 2018

    How do I remove the dipped nails to redo after growth

  • Jean M Rodriguez: January 10, 2019

    How do I remove dipped nails to redo after growth

  • Beyond Polish: January 22, 2019

    Hi Jean,

    Sorry we didn’t answer your comment the first time. The steps I’ve listed below are from the Revel Nail Dip Powder Process. Ir might be a little different depending on which brand/system you’re using, but the basic steps should be universal.

    Revel Nail Dip Powder Removal Process
    1. File away the shine/top coat from the nail. The more you file, the shorter the removal time will be.
    2. Dip a cotton ball into acetone and place over the nail. Wrap in foil. Repeat this process for the rest of your nails. Wait about 7-10 minutes.
    3. Rub the cotton ball to wipe off the dip powder. If the powder does not rub off, soak longer.

    I hope that helps!

  • Margaret Grants: April 06, 2019

    I used this on my nails and it destroyed my nails. It took me 2 months to repair my nails. I’ll never use this again!

  • Margaret Grants: April 06, 2019

    I used this on my nails and it destroyed my nails. It took me 2 months to repair my nails. I’ll never use this again!

  • Beyond Polish: May 29, 2019

    Hi Margaret,

    I’m sorry to hear about your experience with dip powder? Which system were you using? OPI? Revel? SNS? DND DC?

    Beyond Polish

  • Elyse: June 04, 2019

    My nails were damaged also. Some people age fine with it but others not. I used nex gen and had all sorts of issues.

  • Shannon: June 04, 2019

    I have very strong long nails and wanted ombre french. They told me the only way to get it was to use dip, dip destroyed my nails. Had to cut them down and let regrow. Never again. I used the SNS.

  • Donna : June 04, 2019

    I do not do my own nails, a salon does, however they use the same products. I love the dipping powder. It has never chipped and I go once every 3 weeks. I am not easy on it. I do a lot of yard work computer work and DyI projects.
    I love it! My only suggestion would to make the container color the same as the actual color.
    I will never go back to gel polish as it did ruin my nails.

  • Betty: June 10, 2019

    Hi! I’m concerned about if this is sanitary or not. I’m a nail tech and having all my clients dip their nails in the same container over and over just seems wrong. In fact, it goes against everything I was taught. So how do u avoid actually dipping and keep it sanitary for each client?

  • Betty: June 10, 2019

    Hi! I’m concerned about if this is sanitary or not. I’m a nail tech and having all my clients dip their nails in the same container over and over just seems wrong. In fact, it goes against everything I was taught. So how do u avoid actually dipping and keep it sanitary for each client?

  • Donna Berkes: June 10, 2019

    I just started doing dip nails using OPI. The top coat does not dry glossy, but a patchy, matte. What am I doing wrong?

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