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These days, nothing is a salon-exclusive treatment if you put your mind to it. The professional-level technique of the dipped-nail manicure is now accessible via the plethora of dip-powder nail kits available on retailers' shelves.
Achieving this style is still an art that requires some skill, but if you’re a savvy nail enthusiast willing to put in a little work, you’ll have the perfect powder-dipped nails in no time.
To achieve this style, start with freshly manicured fingertips, free of any polish, with neatly trimmed cuticles. The instructions from different dip-powder nail kits will vary slightly, but the process should be fairly similar overall. Simply paint on a base coat to begin, dip the nails into the powder, and repeat as desired. Next, brush on the activator to bond the color. Shape and buff the nails to the perfect finish, then finalize with a top coat. Voila!
As this technique mirrors those you’ll find in the salon, your removal process should as well. Be sure to soak off your nails carefully using acetone — instead of forcibly removing or peeling it off — to ensure your nail beds stay healthy and tips stay strong. We recommend using soak-off caps to make this process easier.
Ready to give it a go? Read on to discover the best dip-powder nail kits and essential accessories to kick-start your at-home nail salon!