If you want a fun and easy way to get a manicure in your own home, then look no further than dip powder nails. This type of manicure has been seeing a rise in popularity over the years owing to its unique method of application that many find much more enjoyable than other types of manicure. There’s a sense of novelty that comes with using dip powder, and there’s little limitation to how creative you can be with your nail art designs. However, as good as it is, it’s not perfect. Dip nails lifting after a week is an issue that DIY manicurists frequently encounter whenever they use the product. Which begs the question: what exactly can be done to keep them looking beautiful for longer? In this article, we’ll show you how to do just that.
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Why Dip Nails Lift
It’s not unusual for manicures to lift after a certain period of time, but if your dip nails are lifting after only a week, then there must be an issue with the way you applied it. A very common culprit is the oil that your skin and nails produce, which can affect the adhesion of the dip powder base coat. Natural oil promotes healthy blood circulation which strengthens our nail plates. However, it can also prevent manicures from sticking properly on the surface of your nails. You don’t need to sacrifice the health of your nails for a longer-lasting dip powder manicure; we’ll show how later. Another thing you should note is that if they are not prepared properly before the manicure, it can often lead to dip nails lifting at the cuticle. And finally, debris like nail polish residue can get in the way of the dip powder base which also weakens the cohesiveness of your manicure.
Did you get all that? Good! Now we can show you how to keep dip nails from lifting.
Proper Nail Prep
First things first, you need to make sure you are prepping your nails properly. Start with your cuticles. Contrary to what some might say, it is NEVER a good idea to remove your cuticles because it is the primary line of defense your fingers have against infection. Instead, push your nails back carefully with a cuticle pusher. Make sure you don’t leave any pieces of skin left on the surface of your nail plates. Next, buff your nails thoroughly until all of the shine has been removed. Do the same with your tips if you are using gel nail extensions. Grab a bottle of nail dehydrator (otherwise known as nail prep) before applying the nail primer. These liquids remove moisture and oil from the surface of your nails which reduces the probability of your manicure peeling off prematurely.
Here is how to prep your natural nails: How to Prep your Natural Nails x KC Nails
Applying Nail Bond
Nail bond is a liquid that is typically labeled as bottle #1 in many dip powder starter kits. This is because it should be applied right before the base coat to strengthen the bond between the bond liquid and the surface of your natural nails. Remember to wait until the bond liquid has completely dried before you go ahead and apply your base coat.
Base liquid is the glue that holds the shape of your dip powder manicure and keeps it firmly attached to your natural nails. If you don’t apply it properly, you could very well compromise your entire manicure. To avoid this, apply your base coat sparingly, painting it over your nails carefully from the area where your cuticles were before you pushed them (but not actually touching them), then slowly moving towards the tip of your nails. Try not to apply too much base coat, otherwise, you run the risk of damaging the skin around your nails or making your manicure prone to cracking.
File and Buff
After applying each layer of dip powder, it is not unusual to find coarse and prickly areas on the surface of your nails. This is because activator liquid, the substance you use to cure dip powder, hardens the powder on your nails wherever they may be. These surfaces can make it difficult for the next layer of base coat to adhere properly, thus leaving it vulnerable to lifting. To avoid this, take a nail file or buffer and carefully scrape at these impurities to remove them. This should be done frequently to ensure your manicure lasts longer.
The secret to maintaining the quality of your dip powder nails is proper nail prep and careful application of each layer of the manicure. It’s a skill that takes time to master, so don’t worry if it does not last as long as you want it to during your first few tries. If you do see the signs of lifting, you should look up how to fix lifting dip nails at home immediately because there is always ample time to salvage them.
More tips for dipping: Pro Tips for Dipping