If you are looking to try something different with your nails this year, dip powder may be just what you need.
Dip powder nails seem to be the most popular nail technique around right now. If you’ve never gotten them before, you’re missing out! Below, I’ll share everything you need to know about dip powder nails, plus some cute designs to try with dip powder.
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What are dip nails?
If you have been getting your nails done for a while now, you are probably familiar with the other kinds of nails that are available, like gel and acrylic nails. However, we all know that gel and acrylic can cause damage to your natural nails — sometimes a lot of damage. That’s where dip nails come in.
Dip powder nails have been said to cause less damage to nails and can give you the same exact look that you would get from gel or acrylic nails.
Dip powder is applied in a series of layers: First, you apply a base coat, then you dip your nail into the powder and brush off the excess. Then you repeat this process. Finally, you finish with two coats of “activator” to harden your nails. (The videos below show this process in depth.)
So, the next time you go to get your nails done, you should definitely consider trying out dip powder nails. (Bonus: You can also apply them yourself at home!) And, don’t worry: there are plenty of different dip powder colors and styles that you can choose from for your nails, so dip powder won’t cramp your style.
Just check out this list of dip powder nail ideas to find your next favorite nail look!
Dip Powder Nail Ideas
1. Pink Dip
One of the most common nail colors for dip powder nails is pink. Dip powder nails look amazing in pink and will give you a girly, but also a clean and classy look.
So, if you want a pretty yet simple nail look using dip powder check out this nail tutorial! The best part is that you can actually buy this exact kit to do these exact nails at home.
2. Glitter Accent
Of course, you can also do different nail styles using dip powder as well. One of the most common nail styles is adding an accent nail. Adding an accent nail will make your nails stand out and it’s actually super easy to do.
All you need is a different colored nail on one of your fingers, like a glitter dip powder for your accent nail.
For a detailed guide, this video tutorial will show you how to get a glitter accent nail look with beautiful pink and white colors using dip powder!
3. French Tip
If you want the ultimate classy nail look using dip powder, then I would recommend doing french tip nails.
You may be thinking that french tip nails are hard to achieve with dip powder, but it is actually pretty easy. Just watch this quick tutorial to see how to get the look!
Related post: Cute & Trendy French Tip Nail Designs to Try This Year
4. Colorful Ombre
Ombre nails are also a very popular nail style and you can totally still do this nail style using dip powder. To make it even more fun, I would recommend going for a colorful look, especially if you want trendy nails.
Check out this quick video tutorial to see exactly how to get a colorful ombre nail look with dip powder!
5. Multicolored Nails
If you are looking to try out dip powder nails at home, I recommend purchasing a dip powder kit rather than buying the products individually.
Buying a dip powder kit like the one shown in this tutorial will also give you some different options for nail colors. (This is the one they use in the video.)
This nail kit is perfect if you want to try out the multicolored nail trend as shown in the video tutorial.
6. Mint Green
Another popular nail color for dip powder is mint green! You may have never tried out mint green nails before, but if you are considering doing dip powder nails, I highly recommend trying this color.
Also, green nails have been popular recently, so your nails will also look trendy!
7. Natural with Extensions
If you love getting extensions on your nails, don’t worry because you can still get the long nails you love with dip powder and added extensions.
If you are planning on adding extensions and want a more natural nail look, I recommend trying out the natural dip powder nail look shown in this video tutorial!
8. Neon French Tip
Colorful french tips are also a great option for those of us who want to have a trendy nail look. And, don’t worry because you can still get a look like the one shown in this video with dip powder!
After watching this tutorial, you will be dying to try out this fresh neon dip powder nails idea.
9. Purple Glam
If you want a super glam look using dip powder, this is the one to try! Did you know you can add rhinestones to dip powder nails?
You can also add some sparkles to make your nails stand out even more. This tutorial shows you how it’s done.
10. Colorful Accent Nail
If you want to go for the colorful accent nail look, invest in a few different dip powder colors to create the accent nail look that you want.
For example, you could try out this purple and orange nail look as shown in this tutorial. The contrast is so pretty and unexpected!
If you love sparkle, I recommend doing all glitter dip powder nails as shown in this video tutorial.
If you want to make your life easier and save yourself some money, you can get a dip powder look like this one by buying this nail kit that will give you the perfect glitter dip powder nails for a very reasonable price.
12. Baby Boomer
You may not have heard about this kind of mani before, but baby boomer nails are growing in popularity right now.
These nails are basically the same as the french ombre nails that you have probably seen many times, usually in a coffin or square shape. These are the perfect kind of nails if you want a natural and classy look, but want something different than french nails.
And, what’s great about dip powder is that it also makes the perfect baby boomer or french ombre nails. Just watch this tutorial to see all the details on how to get the look.
13. Minimal Black & White Design
If you want to try out dip powder nails, but also want to add on a cool design to your nails, don’t worry because you totally can.
One design trend that you have probably seen a lot recently is abstract nail designs. And it makes for a great dip powder nail idea! So, if you want a trendy nail look using dip powder, I would recommend trying out this cool black & white nail look.
This is a cool nail design that you can do using dip powder even if you are a beginner when it comes to nail designs.
If you like a natural nail look without any extensions added to your nail, this can also be done with dip powder.
Dip powder looks good on any nail length, so even if you don’t like adding extensions to your nails, you can still get a beautiful long-lasting nail look.
To see exactly how to get a natural nail look using dip powder, watch this nail tutorial!
15. Glow in the Dark
This next nail design is perfect for parties, Halloween, or fun nights out: they are glow-in-the-dark nails! Glow in the dark nails are a great option to try if you really want your nails to stand out.
And, dip powder can give you glow-in-the-dark nails that you will be obsessed with. For example, watch this quick video tutorial to see how to get neon green glowing dip powder nails!
Marble nails are another option that you may be considering for your next dip powder nail look. But, since marble nails are a more complicated nail look, you may be wondering if it is even possible to achieve this kind of look using dip powder. Good news: it totally is!
If you want to learn exactly how to get a marble dip powder nail look, check out this video tutorial, which will show you how to get this beautiful blue and purple marble nail look!
17. Gold Foil
If you want a more subtle nail design to try the next time you get your nails done, I recommend trying out this gold foil dip powder nail look.
What’s great about this nail look is that you can get the look no matter how long your nails are. Just make sure to have a base coat nail color with dip powder and add as much gold foil as you would like!
Which of these dip powder nail ideas will you be trying this year?
What is your favorite dip powder nail color? What kind of dip powder nails do you like to wear?