How to Apply a Dip Powder Manicure
There's a high chance that you've been seeing dip powder manicures on your Instagram as it's all the hype - and for a good reason! Dip powder mani's are becoming increasingly popular and it's easy enough for beginners to learn how to do it at home. No need to worry about the possibility of skin damage from UV lamps - unlike a gel manicure it dries instantly.
They're not only gorgeous and long-lasting, but the iGel Beauty products recommended here are also 5free, vegan, and cruelty-free. They also come in 2oz which is double the industry standard - now THAT'S VALUE!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Step 1. Complete your nail prep by using a manicure block or nail drill to create an even surface for the powder to be applied to. Push back and trim your cuticles and sanitize thoroughly.
Step 2. Apply a coat of (1) Bond to all fingers on one hand. This is the primer. Make sure not to use too much - you want to keep it on your nail and away from the cuticle.
Step 3. Apply your (2) Base to one nail and dip the nail in the powder at a 45-degree angle. Cover the finger completely with powder and remove immediately. Tap your finger to remove the excess and wait at least 30 seconds before brushing off the excess powder with a nail brush. Repeat this step on the same nail until you get the color and thickness you desire. Then, repeat on the rest of one hand. The base acts as an adhesive for the powder application.
Step 4. Apply activator to all fingers on one hand and wait at least 30 seconds. You want to make sure the dip is properly cured and very hard. You can test this by tapping. If it doesn't make a clicky noise, apply more activator. The activator preserves the adhesion.
Step 5. Wipe each nail with a lint-free wipe to remove any excess activator and prevent it from contaminating your liquids. Activator will turn your base and top coat gummy and harden your brush if you don't do this properly. Alternatively, you can rinse your hands (no soap) and dry them very well.
Step 6. File your nail to the desired length and shape. Also, buff them to remove any unevenness.
Step 7. Apply one last layer of base coat to each nail and allow it to dry for at least 60 seconds. Then, apply the activator again. This step is optional however I find it really helps your nails last. The last layer of base coat helps to seal all the layers of dip and even out any minor surface imperfections that may be left.
Step 8. Give your nails one final wipe with a lint free wipe or paper towel. Then, apply one thin layer of (4) top coat. Allow this to dry for 30 seconds but not more than 90 seconds.
Step 9. Apply the second and final layer of top coat. This layer can be slightly thicker, but don’t overdo it. Make sure you are covering all areas of your nail surface and capping the free edge of your nail. Allow this to dry for at least 2 minutes.
Step 10. (Optional) Apply (5) Nourish Oil to protect your cuticles! Now you're done!