When it comes to nail art, there are seemingly endless ways to create your own signature manicure. Some like classic polish while others prefer the ease of gel or acrylics for a more durable option. Dip powder nail designs are also becoming increasingly popular, thanks to the fact they generally last longer and are gentler on the nails when done correctly. But although more and more people seem to be opting for dip manicures, contrary to popular belief, the technique is nothing new.

A lot of people think dip powder is new, but it’s been around for so many years,” says celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec. Dip powder was actually invented 30 years ago by the family-owned nail company SNS, she notes, which still exists today. “With the powders came a base that is packed with nutrients — vitamins A, E, D, E and B5, plus calcium,” the company claims, adding that the formula doesn’t harm the health of the nail bed like other methods like gel might.

What Are Dip Powder Nails?

“The technique involves dipping the nail into colored acrylic powder, and then applying a clear sealant on top to cure the formula,” Kandalec explains. Usually two or three rounds of dipping is required to reach the desired level of coverage, though this can be personalized for the effect you want. For that reason, dip powder nails are a great option for someone who prefers a thicker aesthetic, versus gel which is much thinner. And because dip powder is thick and adheres more strongly to the nail, it’s more durable and doesn’t lift away from the natural nail as quickly, she adds. Dip powder nails can last up to five weeks.

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Kandalec also urges salon-goers to be sure their nail technician is taking the necessary precautions for sanitation. “When you use dip powder, it’s important to make sure the technician only taps the powder directly onto your natural nail and throws away any excess, rather than throwing it back into the pot,” Kandalec warns. “Otherwise, they will dip your finger into the same pot that everyone else does, with powder that’s been on someone else’s nail, or tap it and reuse the powder on someone else, which is not sanitary.”

Still, that doesn’t mean you should try this at home. Dip powder nails are best left to professionals, who have experience with both applying and removing the formula. They’ll also be able to give you the smoothest results. So, ready to book? Here, we’ve gathered some of the best dip powder nail designs from neutrals to bold colors and nail art to inspire your next manicure.

Dip Powder Nail Designs

Dip Powder Nail Colors

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