Dip Powder 101 | Everything You Need To Know About Dip Powder

So you’re thinking about getting your own Dip Powder manicure? Are you considering using Dip on your own nails at home or even on your clients in the salon? Perhaps it's your first time learning about Dip Powder manicures! If that’s the case, you’re in luck! Here’s your quick little cheat-sheet on all things Dip!

What is Dip Powder anyway?

You can think of Dip Powder as a hybrid between gel and acrylic.  Dip powder is a system of powder and glazes that are used for a nail enhancement. Dip powder can be used on both your natural nails or on an artificial tip. Dip powder is a finely milled powder which is perfect for achieving a smooth, even application and it comes in a wide variety of highly-pigmented colors which mean that the design possibilities are endless! Dip Powder is formulated without harsh chemicals and has added vitamins and calcium to strengthen the nails without damaging the nail bed.

How is Dip Powder applied?

Dip Powder is applied through a series of glazes that help the powder adhere to the nail. The great thing about dips is that they are secured with an activator Seal Protect so no monomer or UV/LED curing is needed. Want a full, in-depth tutorial on how to apply Dip Powder for beginners? Click here!

What is the difference between Dip Powder and Acrylic?

Dip Powders and Acrylic might have similar polymers but we assure you, they are not the same thing! By now we all know that with acrylic requires monomer, and some people can become sensitive to the smell of monomer or perhaps even develop an allergy to it. Dip Powder, on the other hand, is odorless and has absolutely no need for monomer which makes it the perfect choice for those who want a more natural alternative but don’t want to sacrifice having fabulous nails! 

You might also notice that dip powder application is MUCH thinner than acrylic application. Although thinner, dip powder has the same structure and just as much strength as acrylic. Not to mention, dip powder application is faster than traditional acrylic. The thin structure of dip powder makes it feel like natural nails, but even stronger.

How long does it take to apply Dip Powder nails?

As with everything, the more you practice, the quicker and easier applying Dip Powder becomes. When you are just starting out, dip powder application can take about 30-40 minutes for a full application but after a bit of practice, most nail techs typically only spend about 15-20 minutes on a full set using Dip Powder.

How long does Dip Powder last?

Dip Powder’s complex bonds keep nails from chipping, discoloring, and lifting. If applied correctly, a dip powder set can last anywhere from 3-4 weeks without chipping! Pretty great, right?

Is Dip Powder easy to remove?

YES! Dip Powder is extremely easy to remove. All you have to do to remove your set of Dip Powder nails is file away the shine so that you can soak your nails in acetone for 10-15 minutes and it will come right off. If you don’t want to remove a dip powder completely, it is very easy to do a fill using Dips as well!

We hope this helped you learn everything you need to get started using Kiara Sky’s Dip Powder systems! Need a little refresher? We’ve got you covered! Click here for a sweet and short video to recap everything we just learned!


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I have been trying to find a tutorial or anything that explains using the Natural dip powder first and I can hardly find anything explaining this. I haven’t been using it and had no issues but wanting to know if I should be and why. I have gone to order a few times but also wondering if there is a difference between the Natural and Only Natural?
So far I’m loving Kiara Sky and I highly recommend it. I’ve had acrylics for 20 years, with Covid I started doing my own and came across dip powders when going to order more acrylic powder. Now I send my nail tech the new colors I’ve tried and she is building her collection of Kiara Sky for her clients. I tested a few brands and none compared to Kiara Sky results. Wish I hadn’t wasted the money on them and just bought the Kiara Sky to begin with. But something explaining the Natural as the first “dip” and if the different “Naturals” matter or where to find it explained, would really help. Thank you so much!

Jessica Mansfield August 26, 2020

I’ve been using Kiara Sky for a few months and I do love it but I have a hard time getting the right amount of base on my brush for that perfect thin application. Do you have any tips and tricks for that? I also need a better lint free wipe, mine don’t seem to be lint free and at times will leave a bunch of little hairs attached.

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Top coat brush ended up unusable. But have extra brushes but how do I replace the brushes?

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