Dip Nails for Beginners: 9 Tips and Tutorials

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Dip Nails for Beginners: 9 Tips and Tutorials | If you want to know how to do dip nails at home, you're in luck! While a trip to the salon for a gel manicure is always fun, it's not always feasible. Dip powder nails are a great alternative, and after seeing short tutorials on my FYP, I needed to know more. In this post, we share all of the dip nail essentials you need to give yourself a salon quality manicure at home, plus tips and tutorials to teach you how to apply and remove dip nails.

A dip powder manicure is the sweet spot between gel polish and acrylic nails. Dip powder is a form of acrylic powder that you can pour over your nails or dip your nails into. It doesn’t require a UV/LED lamp, yet you get the same long lasting results as you would with a gel manicure. Dip powder can last up to one month and is removed with an acetone soak-off. And unless you have zero patience when it comes to removing your nails, dip nails shouldn’t damage your natural nails. You can apply it in half the time of acrylics, and yes, you can do it yourself at home! This post is all about dip nails for beginners. Read on for our best tips and tutorials.

9 Dip Nail Essentials You’ll Need

  1. Revel Nail Dip Powder in your choice of colour
  2. Dip Powder Liquid Set with base coat, top coat, and activator
  3. Revlon Nail Buffer
  4. Emery Board Nail File
  5. Bona Fide Beauty Glass Cuticle Pusher
  6. Amazon Precision Tool
  7. Cuccio Cuticle Oil
  8. Nail Dehydrator
  9. Duster Brush

Dip Nails for Beginners: 9 Tips and Tutorials

1. Prep Your Nails
It’s beneficial to put time into filing and shaping your natural nails first before applying the dip powder. This will give you a solid foundation and lead to less time in shaping your nails with the dip powder on. Also make sure to push back your cuticles, dehydrate your natural nails, and really clean off your nail plate (you can use a glass cuticle pusher for this) to make your manicure last. Moisture is not your friend when it comes to dip manis, so hand washing is a don’t for at least an hour before applying your dip nails.

2. Prep Your Powder
Powders can settle or become dense sitting overtime, which can create uneven dipping results. For a flawless dip manicure, loosen the powders by shaking the jars while they’re closed or stir them with a clean utensil prior to use.

3. Start with a Beginner-Friendly Colour
If you’re new to dip nails, steer clear of colours like neon shades, dark colours, chunky glitters, and whites. Picking an easy, beginner-friendly colour will ensure better application and won’t be so tough to deal with. Pick a neutral shade, and one that gives you full coverage after two dips. A shimmer can also be beginner friendly.

4. The Right Technique
Apply a thin, even base coat, and stop short at your cuticle. The powder adheres to this coat, 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.

Immediately cover your first nail in dipping powder at an angle. Make sure your whole nail is submerged for even coverage, then remove and gently tap the side of your finger to remove excess powder. Repeat on all nails. For full coverage, repeat the process again, starting with the base coat and apply another dip coat on each nail.

5. Timing is Key
Make sure to always paint and immediately dip one nail at a time before moving on to the next finger. This will prevent the base coat from drying out and allow for more powder to adhere to the nail. Waiting too long to dip your nails after painting with the base coat can lead to clumps and cracks.

6. Activate
Activate the powder by applying a coat of the activator to each nail. You’ll see the nail colour darken and become more opaque. Allow it to dry completely, then use an emery board nail file to finish shaping your nails. After you finish shaping, apply another coat of activator and allow it to dry for at least two minutes. Finish off by applying a top coat, waiting 15 seconds and then applying another layer of top coat. After your nails have fully dried, apply cuticle oil to moisturize your nails.

7. How to Achieve Flawless Dip Powder Nails At Home | SipAndDip 

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out this tutorial to get flawless dip nails at home! She gives you easy tips to spend less time on shaping and filing so you can spend more time enjoying your mani! She brings you through every step of the process, from shaping your natural nails, to applying your dip powder, filing your dip nails, and applying your activator and top coat.

8. DIY French Manicure Tutorial Using Dip Powder | katesnails 

Did you know you can create a French manicure with dip powder? Learn exactly how to do it with this tutorial! She offers tips such as using a nail dehydrator to remove any excess oil on your nails and using a peel off base coat if you want super easy pop-off removal of your dip nails. A French manicure requires a couple more steps, but it’s totally worth it for the classic look!

9. How To: Dip Powder Fill on Natural Nails | Dip for Beginners | Kiara Sky Nails 

If you’re looking for how to fill in your dip nails once they’ve grown out, look no further. You don’t have to completely remove dip powder when you need a new set or colour change- you can simply fill them in! She shows you the step-by-step from start to finish and gives you her best tips along the way. You’ll need a portable electric nail drill to do the fill, and she also lets you know what to keep and remove from the nail.

If you’ve been wanting to try dip nails at home, these tips and tutorials will help you get the look you want to achieve!

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Dip Nails for Beginners: 9 Tips and Tutorials | If you want to know how to do dip nails at home, you're in luck! While a trip to the salon for a gel manicure is always fun, it's not always feasible. Dip powder nails are a great alternative, and after seeing short tutorials on my FYP, I needed to know more. In this post, we share all of the dip nail essentials you need to give yourself a salon quality manicure at home, plus tips and tutorials to teach you how to apply and remove dip nails.

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