Tips for a Perfect Dip Powder Manicure

The point of visiting a salon is to get a professional manicure. Sometimes, some DIY professionals prefer using their artistic skills to paint their nails in the comfort of their homes. Unfortunately, getting a perfect dip powder manicure is not easy. The techniques required to achieve perfection lie in the hands of a few top nail techs or brand leaders. This article provides you with the top-secret techniques to make a flawless dip powder mani.

Tips for a Perfect Dip Powder Manicure

Avoid Water

Sanitation and manicure complement each other, but water is an enemy in this process. Use a lint-free wipe instead of water to wipe your hands. Water may lead to uneven shine or excessively long and dry times. Hence, Kiarasky dip nails, SNS dip nails, DND nail polish, and all the other dip powder systems do not interact well with water.


Oil jeopardizes the durability of a dip powder manicure. Thus it is necessary to eliminate the oil deposits on the nail plate first. A medium-grit file helps you to make the nail plates rough by removing the natural shine. A dehydrator or bonder should be applied after this process.

Safety First

Compared to acrylics, dip powders are finer. Dipping the nails into the container leads to airborne dust, which may be unhealthy for you and your clients. Make sure that your workstation is always covered with a dump towel to trap some of the dirt.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Dip powders in containers that remain unused for long tend to separate and may give the nails a dreaded blotchy color. Thus before using it, ensure that you have rolled and shaken the jar. If this does not work for you, store the containers upside down because gravity naturally mixes them when they are flipped over.

Base-Ic Knowledge

Before getting started on your manicure, applying a base layer is mandatory. However, it should only be applied at the center of the nail, leaving a 10% space on both sidewalls and cuticle unpainted. A clear or natural dip powder should then follow. This way, your nails plates are strengthened, and they get a C-curve while providing the cuticles with the least thickness possible.

Get Greedy

Just like painting, brushes are sensitive in manicures. A fuzzy acrylic blown-out brush can come in handy because, just like a blending brush, it can have dual use when doing ombre. The secret is always to use a clean brush.

Apply Little Product

When applying a dip powder manicure, avoid thickening the base and top coats because it leads to uneven surfaces, and also increases the difficulty of removing the coatings.

Slow and Steady

Dip powder base coats contain Ethyl cyanoacrylate, a reactive, short-chain monomer that allows the dip powder color to stick on the coating when the nails are dipped into the color jar. Therefore, you should give it enough time to complete the color absorption process. If you rush to apply the activator, your brush might touch the wet base coat and get cured too, which hardens it.

Think Thin

The initial coat should be applied halfway up the nails. A slight margin between the sides of the nails and the coat should be maintained. The second layer should extend further downwards and closer to either sidewall than the first one, while the last coat should touch all the nail margins covering the entire nail surface. This way, the nails get a natural look as the layers arch from one sidewall to the other and from the cuticle to the free edge. Further, the trick ensures that the nail perimeter gets a thin application.

Avoid Double Dipping

Sanitation is very critical in nail parlors and salons. Unfortunately, most of these places are not offering dip powder manicures because a single dip powder container is used by multiple clients to dip their nails, thus spreading nail infections. However, this can easily be avoided by putting little amounts of the color powder into small dishes for individual clients and using a spatula to scoop and pour the color on the nails. This way, more control is exercised over the product’s use, thus ensuring that the customers remain healthy and happy.


The brush used on the process should be wiped after applying every layer. After two coats of dip powder color, apply a layer of clear dip powder to make your nails more protected when buffing or filing, especially when designs or glitter are involved. Go for little activator and apply it carefully and clean up the nail edges when the powder sets. When your manicurist uses these tricks, you will not be left wondering whether to blame the nail supplies store for selling a dubious product, the product manufacturer for making a substandard product, or the manicurist for messing up your nails.