Posted by Abbie on January 07, 2016
If you're like me, you have a love-hate relationship with doing your nails.
On one hand, you love sitting down and pampering yourself for a while. You love looking down at your shiny, gorgeous nails throughout the day.
But then there's the 'hate' part of the relationship. You spend all that time, all that money, on your nails and within just a few days, they're chipped. Or smudged. Or cracked. Or - even worse - you've suffered through every gel polish, UV light and top coat out there and only ended up with frustration.
I feel your pain. That was me, once. But then I discovered gel dipping powder, and my life changed. Okay, maybe not my life, but I definitely forever changed the way I'll do my nails!
Here's what makes dipping powder different from everything else you've ever tried on your nails:
This is guaranteed to be the easiest gel manicure you've ever applied! Seriously, stop going to the salon and paying a fortune for a professional manicure. You got this.
First thing's first. Start with clean, prepped nails. Push those cuticles back. File 'em down to your desired length and shape.
You're also going to apply #1 - Protect to your nails. This will help protect your nails and also prep them for the dipping powder.
Now comes the fun part. Get your dipping powder ready by giving it a light shake to loosen up all the powder inside. Then, open up the jar and set it nearby. You're going to apply #2 - Prepare to one nail. Make sure you apply Prepare very lightly...it acts as a glue for the dipping powder, so if you apply it thickly, you'll end up with a mess. I tend to rush when doing my nails and just kind of slap on polish, but that doesn't work here. Take your time and apply Prepare lightly and even to the entire nail. When the nail is covered, dip it in the dipping powder, remove, and gently tap off any excess with your other hand. Do all ten nails. Then, repeat to apply a second coat!
As soon as you've applied 2 coats of the dipping powder to all ten fingers, it's time to apply a generous coat of #3 - Activate. Give your nails 30 seconds - 1 minute to dry, then it's time to shape. I'd recommend pay special attention to the sides of your nail and the bottom, as close to your cuticle as possible. Use a file or a nail drill on these areas to seal them down. This is important -- you want to file these areas down to ensure your nails grow out smoothly. In addition to shaping your nails, gently buff the entire surface, as well.
When you're finished, give your hands a quick wash to get all the powder off your skin, and thoroughly dry them. Then, apply another coat of Activate to all ten fingers and let them dry 30 seconds - 1 minute.
Lastly, it's time to apply #4 - Gloss for some serious shine! In thin, even strokes, apply gloss to all ten fingers. Then, apply a second coat. Give your nails a few minutes to dry -- and you're done!