I am someone who loves having her nails painted. I feel weird when they aren’t done. And so I have been to many salons and have had all sorts of things done to my nails. I’ve had dip nails, gel nails, regularly painted nails, and acrylics.
And still, to this day, dip nails are my favorite. In my experiences, dip nails have lasted the longest and have maintained the longest in terms of chips, look, and more.
However, when the pandemic hit, and we were unable to go to the salon, I knew that learning how to do dip nails at home would not only give me something to do with my free time but also keep me happy. So I bought all of the things I would need and tried my best to remember what had been done to me countless times by professionals.
And while my nails never look quite as good as when I paid someone to do them, dip nails at home last as long as they do if they were done at the salon and it’s surprisingly not as hard as I thought it would be. So this is a step-by-step of how to do dip nails at home and the products you will need to buy.
How to do dip nails at home:
1. Make sure your nails are clean and free from natural oils. I like to get rid of my old polish, then shape and buff my nails, and then go back in with a clean cotton ball of polish remover and clean them one more time.
$7.99 at the time of publication
This is my favorite polish remover.
$3.99 at the time of publication
These Olive & June buffers are also my go-to and they work extremely well!
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$3.99 at the time of publication
As are Olive & June’s nail files.
2. Once that is done, start with your base coat. I like to do one nail at a time. So paint on base polish and dip. Then repeat that for all five fingers. Remember to tap off the access polish each time you dip by tapping your knuckle on the side of the container.
These are the kits I have used since I started doing dip nails at home:
$24.99 at the time of publication
$9.99 at the time of publication
3. I prefer dipping my nails in a white powder before dipping in my color. I think it gives a more even color. However, it is perfectly fine to just do two coats of the color of your choice. So for step three, I will be repeating step two, creating a second coat.
$8.99 at the time of publication
I’m always looking for the perfect red, which is my favorite color to wear on my nails, and this is it.
4. Now, once your nails have two coats on them and they cured for about 30-seconds, it’s time to paint on the activator.
5. Now that the powder has been activated, this is when you go in to fix any imperfections. I like to reshape my nail with the nail file and use a buffer to smooth out the activated powder. I also love using my electric nail drill kit for this part, however, a buffer works just fine if you don’t feel like spending that money.
$12.99 at the time of publication
6. And you’re almost finished! Once you’ve cleaned up and buffed your nails, it’s time for the topcoat. I like to do one coat, wait about 30-seconds and then do a second coat of topcoat.
After that, all you have to do is give it about a minute to dry and you’re finished! Now you have dip nails all completed from the comfort of your home! Are you excited to try it out? Let us know how you like it in the comments section!
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