What should be in a dipping powder set?

Dipping powder requires you to ‘dip’ your nails in a box of coloured powder, followed by a layer of clear sealer for a long-lasting manicure. But what exactly do you need to get started with this popular nail care technique at home? Let's take a look at what an ideal dipping powder starter kit should contain.

Essential tools and materials

Before you start, make sure you have the following basic tools and materials in your kit:

Basic tools:

  • Stone buck paw / cuticle pusher: To push back and remove your cuticles.
  • File: For shaping and smoothing your nails.
  • Brush: While dipping, some powder can fall next to it. A brush makes it easy to wipe away excess powder.

Base products:

  • Dip base lacquer: Ensures the dip powder adheres well.
  • Dip activator: Helps cure the base and top coat.
  • Topcoat: For a glossy finish.

Want to know what's included in our own dipping powder starter kit? Then also read our blog titled: What's in our dipping powder starter kits?

How do you start your first dipping powder manicure?

Make sure your nails are clean and oil-free before you start. Push back the cuticles and shape your nails to your liking. It is important to prepare properly as this will determine the final quality of your manicure.

Applying the layers

Start with a thin base coat. Then dip each nail in the powder and shake off excess powder. Apply an activator after each dip to ensure that each layer hardens firmly. Depending on the desired colour intensity and thickness, you can repeat this process two to three times.

Finishing and maintenance

After applying your final dip, use the activator one last time and apply the glossy top coat. Let your nails dry and voilà, you have a beautiful dip powder manicure that can last up to three weeks.

How do I make sure my dip nails don't get too thick?

This is a frequently asked question and the answer is simple: less is more! Use thin layers to prevent your nails from getting too thick. A good technique is to sprinkle the powder over the nail instead of dipping, for an even and thin layer.

Tips for a long-lasting dip powder manicure

  • Avoid water and moisture: Wear gloves when washing up or cleaning.
  • Use nourishing oil: Apply cuticle oil regularly to keep your nails healthy.
  • Avoid activities that involve using your nails a lot: Although dip nails are strong, they can break when hit hard or when you use your nails intensively. This, of course, would be a shame. 

Is dip powder better than gel?

Dip powder offers longer durability and is more scratch-resistant than gel, which is ideal for people looking for a long-lasting solution. Moreover, applying dip powder is easy and quick, so perfect for beginners.

How often should you renew a dip powder manicure?

A frequently asked question is how often you should renew your dip powder manicure to keep it looking fresh. Ideally, you can wear a dip powder manicure for up to three weeks, depending on the growth of your natural nails and how well you take care of the manicure. If you notice that the nails start to grow out at the cuticles, or chips appear, it's time for a new application. Don't want a whole new manicure right away? Then you can also touch up your current dip manicure. 

How do I prevent my dip powder manicure from chipping?

To prevent chipping, it is important to properly seal the edges of your nails during the dip process. Make sure you apply the top coat over the free edge of each nail to create a protective barrier. Furthermore, it is important to protect your hands and nails during daily activities. You do this by wearing gloves when cleaning or gardening.

Order your dipping powder starter kit from Glowdip

Are you still looking for a dipping powder starter kit that contains literally everything you need? Then quickly click on the link and discover Glowdip's starter sets. Our sets contain all products and tools to easily get started with dipping powder. Take a look at the video above this paragraph to see exactly how it works. We have also made it easy for beginners.

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