Can gel polish go over dipping powder?

Dipping powder manicures have quickly taken the nail industry by storm, known for their durability and versatility. But what if you want to change the finish or colour of your dipping powder manicure without having to do a whole new set? Here comes the question of whether you can apply gel polish over dipping powder. In this article, we will answer the question and give you a detailed guide on how to do this.

What is dipping powder anyway?

Before we get into how to apply gel polish over dipping powder, it is first good to understand exactly what dipping powder is. Dipping powder, also known as dip powder, is a nail strengthening system that consists of a combination of an adhesive base and a powder rich in pigment and polymers. The result is a long-lasting manicure that is stronger than traditional nail polish and even gel polish.

Tip: Before we talk more about applying gel polish over dipping powder, it is wise to read our article explaining how to apply dipping powder

The basics: preparing the nails

Step 1: Nail preparation

The key to successful application of gel lacquer over dipping powder is nail preparation. Start by cleaning and shaping your nails. Remove any old nail polish and make sure your nails are clean, dry and free of oil.

Step 2: Buff the surface

Use a soft buffer to slightly roughen the surface of your dipping powder manicure. This will help the gel polish adhere better.

Applying gel polish over dipping powder

Step 3: Base layer

Apply a thin base coat of gel polish. This serves as a primer for the colour layer.

Step 4: Colour coat

Choose your favourite nail polish colour and apply it in thin, even layers. Make sure each layer is completely dry before applying the next.

Step 5: Curing under UV/LED lamp

After applying the gel polish, it is essential to cure it under a UV or LED lamp. This ensures that the lacquer becomes hard and durable.

How do you remove it again?

Step 6: Removing gel polish

Removing gel polish over dipping powder can take a little more time than removing regular gel polish. Soak cotton pads in acetone, place them on the nails and wrap them in aluminium foil. Let this sit for 10-20 minutes and then remove the polish. After removing the manicure, it is important to moisturise and strengthen your nails. Use nail oil and hand cream to nourish your nails and cuticles. 

The Role of UV/LED Lamps

When applying gel varnish over dipping powder, the use of a UV or LED lamp is essential for the curing process. This ensures that the gel varnish becomes hard and durable. It is important to use a good quality lamp and follow the recommended curing time to prevent the lacquer from not fully curing, which can lead to premature peeling.

Protection Against UV Radiation

Although UV lamps are effective in curing gel polish, it is important to protect the skin around the nails from UV radiation. Using an SPF hand cream or wearing UV-protective gloves during the curing process can help protect the skin from potential damage caused by UV light.

Can any gel polish be used over dipping powder?

Yes, most nail polishes can be applied over dipping powder, but it is important to ensure proper preparation and application to avoid chipping and peeling.

Be creative with gel polish and dipping powder

One of the fun aspects of applying gel polish over dipping powder is the ability to experiment with colour and texture. You can choose a glossy topcoat for a traditional shine or experiment with matt finishes for a modern look. Glitter gel lacquers can also be applied for an extra sparkly effect, which is a great way to turn a simple manicure into something festive. Great for the festive season, for example. 

Durability: dip powder vs gel polish

Dip powder manicures are known for their long durability, often around two weeks, but sometimes longer. Adding a gel varnish layer can further extend this durability, while also allowing you to change the colour and finish without removing the entire manicure.

Ordering dipping powder? You've come to the right place at Glowdip

If you are looking for high-quality dipping powder, Glowdip is the place to be. Our extensive collection offers a range of colours and textures, perfect for every style and occasion. At Glowdip, we understand the importance of quality and durability. That's why our products are carefully formulated to guarantee long-lasting, brilliant results. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, our easy-to-use products and expert support will ensure you create the perfect manicure every time. 

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