Exploring the Negatives of Dip Powder Nails

Dip powder nails have become increasingly popular as a long-lasting and durable alternative to traditional manicures. However, while there are many positives associated with dip powder, it's important to consider the harmful negatives if dip powder nails are not applied and removed correctly.

The Importance of Proper Dip Powder Application:

If you've just purchased your first dip powder starter kit it's very important to do your research and make sure that you understand how dip powder is applied. Follow these comprehensive steps to ensure a long-lasting, durable manicure that will actually help your nails grow to new lengths!

Nail Prep

Proper dip powder application starts with nail prep. Before applying dip powder, it is essential to prepare your nails correctly. Start by removing any existing nail polish and gently push back your cuticles. Trim and shape your nails to your desired length, making sure to file away any rough edges. You're also going to want to gently buff away the shine from your natural nails so that the dip powder has something to grip to.

Apply your Base Coat

Begin the dip powder process by applying a quality base coat, or step 1. You want to make sure you're applying your dip powder base coat in a thin even layer to avoid getting any of the product on your cuticles or skin.

Dip your Nails

Once you've applied your base coat, it's time to dip your nails. Gently dip one nail into the chosen dip powder color, making sure to tap off any excess powder. Repeat this step on each nail, one at a time, ensuring even coverage. You may need to apply 2-3 layers of dip to ensure proper coverage and durability. If you're dipping into a glitter, be sure to make the last layer of dip a clear dip powder. This will protect the glitters and give you an even layer to work with.

Activate your Dip

To activate or harden the dip powder, apply a generous layer of activator over each nail. Wait for it to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Shape and Smooth

Using a fine-grit file, shape your nails to your desired style. Then, gently buff the surface of each nail to create a smooth finish. Be careful not to apply excessive pressure, as this can damage the layers.

Final Layer of Activator

Once you've achieved your desired shape and smoothness, apply a final layer of activator to lock in your dip powder manicure. Once again, wait for the activator to completely dry before proceeding to the next step.

Apply Top Coat

The final step is to apply a top coat. This will add a beautiful shine to your nails and help prolong the longevity of your manicure. Allow the top coat to dry completely.

The Importance of Proper Dip Powder Removal:

If you've just done your very first dip powder manicure, you're probably wondering how to go about removing it. Proper dip powder removal is essential if you're worried about damaging your natural nails. Follow these detailed steps using our Removal Kit to ensure you remove your dip powder properly. 

Break the Seal 

The first step in taking off your dip powder manicure is to use your nail file to gently remove the shiny top coat from your nail. This will "break the seal" on your dip powder manicure and allow acetone to penetrate the layers of dip powder on your nails.
Prepare the Soaking Bowls 

Separate the bottom of the nail spa bowl from the top and fill with warm water. Attach the top layer of the bowl and place an acetone soaked cotton ball in each of the finger indents. Our Removal Kit comes with two soaking bowls (one for each hand), so you're going to want to repeat this process on the second nail spa bowl. 

Sit Back & Soak

Place your fingers in the nail spa bowls and soak for about 10 minutes. You may want to get cozy and put on your favorite TV show because patience is key!

Remove Remaining Dip Powder

Gently use an acetone soaked cotton ball to rub off any remaining dip from each nail. Repeat if necessary.


Acetone is highly flammable. Do not use near heat, sparks or flame. Use in a well ventilated area. If ingested, seek medical attention immediately. Acetone is harmful to synthetic fabrics and wood finishes.

Revel Nail Removal Tips & Reminders:

‚ÄĘ The more dip powder you file off, the faster the¬†removal process. You will not damage the natural nail if¬†you file off more of the dip powder, as long as you are careful.
‚ÄĘ Use a manicure stick or cuticle pusher to help remove the dip powder after soaking.¬†
‚ÄĘ Picking or peeling off a dip powder manicure WILL damage¬†your natural nail.

With this comprehensive guide, you now have the essential knowledge and techniques to properly apply and remove dip powder nails like a pro. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't get discouraged if your first attempt isn't flawless. Keep experimenting and refining your skills, and soon you'll be able to achieve salon-quality dip powder nails from the comfort of your own home. Happy dipping!