So – you’ve already tried putting some glitz on your nails in dozens of ways and you probably know the best and the worst about them. Perhaps you love picking the brush yourself and alternating colours to create the perfect match to changing outfits. Or, you hate chipped nail polish (don’t we all?) and love finding a solution that sticks – and nail gel and acrylics are your favourite choice. It can sometimes take so long to visit your nail technician or they just don’t have a free slot for an urgent appointment. If you’re into innovative nail perfecting techniques that stick and you can try at home, Kiara Sky dip powders may be just what you need.
Have you’ve ever had a look at those mesmerising Instagram video snippets with dipping nails in a tiny jar of gorgeous sparkling powder? Then you already know something about the magic of Kiara Sky dip powders. Another bonus is it doesn’t require any UV lamps, so it’s even easier!
But if you’ve just heard of this nail trend and you have no idea of how it works, it’s time to break the ignorance once and for all with this quick guide to dip powdering your nails.
What is Kiara Sky Dip Powder?
Kiara Sky Dip powder is a part of a dip styling kit for nails that consists of a base, a bond, a top coat, nourishing oil, and a series of glitter, confetti, metallic and flat coloured dip powders. Dip powders are, in a way, a semi-solution between a conventional manicure and fake nails.
Dip powders have been a part of nail techs’ kits for a while, but they are starting to gain a new momentum as they become quicker and easier to apply. They are also available in a full range of colours, including nude essentials or full disco glam. For example, have a look at these lovely square-tip ombre nails made with Kiara Sky dip powder:
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Or, take a peek at how great striking dip colours look:
Check out this cute lemon slice applications (do we sense a breeze of summer coming from far away?)
Dip powders are not that difficult to use – you may not even need to visit a beauty salon! You can apply the Kiara Sky Dip powder at home unless you’re “given” with two left hands. With a little practice, you can save loads of money. Naturally, the first effects won’t be as spectacular as being done by a pro stylist. Give it time, they can still beautiful and, most importantly, long-lasting. You can, however, leave those really special occasions like weddings or big parties to a professional to get the most amazing results for dip powder nails, such as these:
One of the most impressive differences between dip powders and nail lacquers is that they are in powdered form. Unlike standard polish, they won’t leave residue on the skin around your nails. So, there you go – all you need to do is find your colour among the rich variety of Kiara Sky dip powders and start your personal at-home nail beauty parlour.
Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Kiara Sky Dip Powders
The process of applying the Kiara Sky dip powder is pretty simple. Watch this video to see how the same process we describe below is done on acrylic nails in an instant. Look at that amazing bit when the remainder of the powder just falls off to the sides of the nail – don’t you just love that you don’t need to deal with that? Here is how it’s done:
1. Wash your hands.
You need clean hands – use a gentle washer to thoroughly clean your hands without drying the skin and soak them. Avoid the moisturizer at this point. Save the hand cream for the after-care. As you may well know, it can ruin the nail beautification. It should come only after you are done with the nails.
2. Shape the nails.
Kiara Sky dip powders can be applied to natural, acrylic nails, nail wraps, and press-ons. Once the nail has been shaped as you wish, choosing a shape to suit your look. Rectangular or square tips, pointed nails, oval or round ends are some of the most popular. You’ll probably have to get this look at a salon, though:
You don’t need to do fine improvements, just roughly shape the nail, as the final imperfections can be removed later when you’re done with the colour and/or sparkles application.
3. Choose the design.
It’s important to think about how you will style the nails because the application of the selected Kiara Sky dip powder depends on it. You might want to powder just the tip, the upper half, or the full nail. Will you mix colours with glitter? Any crystals? There’s plenty to think about. If you lack inspiration, look no further than these Kiara Sky dip powder Pinterest boards.
4. Add a base coat.
As with most long-lasting nail polishes, the base coat is necessary to prepare the nail for the powder coat. That’s what makes it’s so awesome – it acts like a glue that keeps the powder in place without messing with the rest of the finger.
5. Dip your nails.
The most tedious part of dip powder nails is preparation – the dipping is plain and simple as a pie. You just quickly place the fingertip into the Kiara Sky dip powder jar to enable equal application across the full surface and remove it once the layer is on. You can play with the angle if you want to create asymmetry or geometric patterns. Repeat step 4 & 5 a second time before moving to step 6.
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Tenía tiempo que no hacía estampado inverso, un poco chuequito pero los colores me encantaron! 😍 El tutorial para este diseño ya está en YouTube! 🎥 // It's been a while since I did reverse stamping, a bit crooked but I loved the colors! 😍 The tutorial for this design is already up on YouTube! 🎥
6. Buff and file.
At this step, you will remove any imperfections of the shape as you already have a pretty good idea of how your nail will look with all the cute, sexy, or subtle decorations you’ve chosen. Find a file or a buffer that works for you – a good buffer is not the same for everyone. In fact, most beauty salons owners have one fave and an assortment of files and buffers for various nail qualities.
7. Seal the look with a top coat.
A topcoat brings all manicure elements together and adds extra shine to the dip powder nail. After you complete the mani, which shouldn’t take longer than an hour, especially when you gain a bit of practice, don’t forget to apply nourishing oil to repair the cuticles and achieve a seamless transition between the nail and the surrounding skin.
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A few useful tips that will help you not only fall in love with your Kiara Sky dip powder nails but also love them for longer:
- The Kiara Sky dip powder is not as easy to remove as a regular nails polish. It may take up to 30 minutes for the powder to dissolve without extra force. Don’t scrape the polish as this can harm the nails – wait for at least 15 minutes, though half an hour is better.
- Certain chemicals in dip powders can harm your nails if you don’t do the dip powder mani properly. Less confident types should probably leave it to nail technicians to do the dip powder job.
- Sanitary risks can be a reason for concern because you stick nails in the same powder bottle as everyone else. But with some diligent nail tools maintenance, that risk is minimized.
Frequently treated nails can get a bit fragile – restore them with a dedicated application of your favourite combination of moisturizer and cuticle oil.