Dip Powder: Things To Know About The Long-Lasting Manicure Trend

Apr 23, 2021
06:00 P.M.
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Dip powder nails are a great alternative to get a quick, colorful manicure that's long-lasting compared to gel and acrylic.


If you're a nail enthusiast, chances are you've seen the satisfying nail tutorial videos all over your Instagram explorer of dip powder nails.

However, you may have asked yourself what the appeal is; why would one opt for this technique. Well, in addition to lasting longer, they're also quite versatile. Here are some good-to-know details about the manicure trend that may help you decide if they're worth it:

What Are Dip Powder Nails?


The technique may differ somewhat from salon to salon. However, dip powder nails are essentially a manicure done with a durable powder achieved by either dipping the nail in the powder or by applying it onto the nail directly.

After applying the powder, it is given time to harden and dry before an additional topcoat of polish is brushed onto the nail.

How Is It Different From Gel And Acrylic

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash


Whether or not dip powder is better is mostly a matter of preference. For those looking to have a longer-lasting manicure, dip powder may be the most ideal of the three options.

While you can enjoy your manicure for longer, part of the main differences between these manicure techniques is the application and the formula.

Pros To Dip Powder Nails


A large part of the appeal of powder nails is that they don't need to be cured or sealed with UV light. Also, the manicure will last three to four weeks, which's comparatively longer than gel which lasts about two weeks.

Also, if you're one to do your nails yourself, you can easily execute the look. Additionally, dip powders come in a wide choice of colors so that you won't miss your favorite shades.

Cons To Dip Powder Nails


If you're getting your nails done at a salon for hygiene purposes, the nail technician shouldn't dip your nail into the powder. Instead, they should opt to apply the powder to the nail.

Another main drawback of dip powder nails is that removal can be damaging to your natural nail. Removal requires a soak in an acetone solution which can weaken your nail. However, if the manicure is well done, damage shouldn't be long-term.

At-Home Dip Powder Kits

For the experimental and the individuals who like to take their beauty practices into their own hands, the kit from Dipwell ($45) has some of the basics to get you started. You have a bonder, base, activator, topcoat, and a cleaning brush in the kit.