Usually, dip powder manicures are easy procedures that anyone can master within no time. However, one should follow the perfect procedure to get the most beautiful dip powder nails. Otherwise, you end up with an incomplete dip manicure that could result in lifting the powder layer to damage the manicure.
Let us now learn how to use the OPI powder perfection method to get an excellent dip powder manicure.
The Perfect Dip Powder Manicure Process
Start by prepping your nails. We do not go much into the details because the prepping process is the same for all manicures. First, you remove existing nail polish. Then, you file and shape the nails. Buff the nail surface and remove the debris. Next, push the cuticle into the grooves and scrub the nail surface with alcohol-based wipes to disinfect and clean the surface.
Before you start the manicure, we advise you to scoop the required amount of dip powder into a separate container. It prevents cross-contamination. Take a clean wooden stick and stir the dip powder mixture thoroughly to ensure the pigments are blended perfectly. Otherwise, you might end with a clumpy finish.
Apply the first basecoat layer over the nail by leaving space near the cuticle. It helps prevent the dip powder from sticking to the cuticles and damaging the manicure. Next, immerse your nails at a 45-degree angle into the dip powder you had removed earlier. Repeat the process on each nail quickly because the basecoat can dry fast. Finally, use a clean brush to dust excess dip powder from the nails. As you have not applied the basecoat to the cuticles, the powder does not stick to them. Please ensure not to have dip powder populating the space under the nail’s free edges.
Go for an additional base coat and get closer to the cuticle but avoid them. Repeat the dip powder procedure and dust off excess powder from the nails. Please focus on the edges and prevent clump formation. It will prevent contamination in the next step as you use the color set powder to get the perfect manicure.
Have one more basecoat layer on the nails and dip them immediately into the Clear color set powder. Wait some time for the powder to absorb the color, and dust off the excess powder using a sanitized brush.
Apply the activator solution to the nails generously and cover the nail surface completely. Please remember to cap the free edges, or you could experience lifting of the powder layer within a week. Wait for two to three minutes and allow the activator gel to harden. It ensures the powder does not fall off your nails and damage the perfect manicure.
Once the powder sets appropriately, it hardens to form a sturdy layer on top of your nail. Use a sanitized nail file to shape the powder layer properly around the sidewalls and the cuticle. It ensures a perfect finish without the sides looking bulky. Please use the nail file carefully to prevent the formation of bumps and ridges. Make the powder layer as smooth as possible using the best nail buff. The softer it is, the more perfect the manicure. Remove the debris from the nail surface and the sides.
Apply a second coat of activator, but have it a bit heavier. Otherwise, the topcoat will not cure properly, and the manicure will not be perfect. Once you finish with the activator, you can apply the topcoat layer using two or three quick brush strokes.
The topcoat layer dries within a couple of minutes. Once it dries out, you can apply more layers to make your dip powder manicure shiny. However, be careful with the application because you cannot touch the nails after the final coating. The top coat will dry soon. Finally, you can complete the manicure by massaging the nails gently with cuticle oil. You now have a shiny dip manicure that can comfortably last for three to four weeks.
We advise using the best nail products like OPI dip colors and other materials. Using cheap alternatives can affect the manicure. It can result in the lifting of the powder layer. Under such circumstances, water can collect in the gaps and cause nail infections. So, while choosing the right products is crucial, it is also significant to practice the procedure and become proficient.
Use the techniques discussed here and get the best dip powder manicure.
Wrap it up
You would have noticed that the dip powder manicure is amongst the most convenient of manicures to master. Any person can become proficient with practice. Various video tutorials are available on the internet. One can watch these videos to understand the critical importance of each step of the manicure. Become a master and exhibit your dip powder manicure on social media.