Dip Powder Nails 101: How To Prevent Lifting And Make Them Last Longer

Dip powder nails are gel-like nail polish applied similarly to how regular gel nail polish is applied. Because it isn’t gel, dip powder doesn’t need a light to set and dry the way gel nails do. It probably feels a bit more like acrylic in terms of application, which means you can get dips on your own without having to visit the salon. Compared to a gel tip kit, it’s much easier to apply. The gel-like quality of the dip powder makes it last longer than regular nail polish, too — up to 3 weeks or more!

What is dip powder? 

Dip powder is a gel-like nail polish that gives the appearance of gel, but it goes on like regular gel nail polish. It’s gotten a lot of attention recently – much more than gel nails have gotten because people can now do it at home for much less than they used to pay, and it requires no gel curing light required. There are several dip powder starter kits available on the market you can purchase to get started. The starter kits are very affordable and will provide everything you need.

Benefits of Dip Powder Nails

Long-Lasting – The dip powder can last up to 3 weeks or more, depending on the quality of the product and how well you take care of your nails between appointments.

Durable – You don’t have to worry about peeling, chipping, or scratches with a dip powder manicure because there isn’t a nail polish involved. That means no drying time either. It’s much more durable than regular nail polish!

Appearance: The dip powder has a gel-like appearance, so it looks natural and clear like gel nails. You can also choose between different colors to change the look of your manicure.

Price: Gel manicures are pricey, but you don’t have to pay the total cost since DIY nail kits are available for purchase.

How To Prevent Lifting

Even though nail polish can cause nail lifting, dip powder nail kits are slightly different. The product is thicker and less likely to bubble or become rough when you apply it. As always, make sure you wait for your nails to dry before adding another coat of nail polish entirely. This will reduce the risk of bubbling dramatically.

How To Make Your Dip Powder Nails Last Longer

There are several things you can do to keep your nail dip powder manicure lasting longer:

  • Use nail dip liquids when applying nail dip powder. They help the nail cure faster, preventing bubbles and wrinkles in your nail polish. It’s a great way to speed up nail drying!
  • Be mindful of how you care for them during the first 24 hours, especially if you live an active lifestyle or do anything that would typically cause nail polish to chip. Try to be gentle with your hands and nails.
  • Don’t go in the water for 24 hours after the nail polish dries. This means no washing dishes, showering, swimming, or bathing in a tub filled with water. You can still take quick showers by shutting off the running water before you get in and out of the shower quickly to try to prevent moisture from blowing onto your nail polish.
  • After the first day, gently remove nail polish with nail polish remover, oil, or acetone around once a week to prevent excess build-up of nail product on your nails that can cause chipping and peeling.
  • Apply nail polish remover with a cotton ball instead of swiping it all over your nail. These limits nail polish remover from seeping into the nail and causing nail lifting.
  • Do not pick, pull, or peel nail polish off your nail with your fingernails or any other type of tool that may damage the nail dip powder underneath. You risk creating ridges and peeling on your nail if you do this.
  • Use a nail file to gently file away nail polish build-up that has formed around the nail. You should use an emery board or other nail file that won’t tear through nail polish as easily as a glass nail file would.
  • After all of this, make sure you keep your nails moisturized at all times with a good hand cream to keep the nail healthy and hydrated. It would help if you also drank plenty of water to keep your nail hard and nail bed moist, which prevents nail cracking.


Dip powders are a great alternative to nail polish. They last longer and look more natural than nail polish can, so you don’t have to worry about chipping or wear and tear for weeks! Of course, the main downside is that nail dipping requires unique nail treatments from a salon or nail spa with knowledge on dip powder nails. If you don’t want to commit to nail dipping, dip nail powder kits are available for purchase online. Just make sure to use nail dip liquids when applying nail dip powder, and be mindful of how you care for your nails during the first 24 hours. Follow these tips and tricks to prevent lifting and make your nail dip powder last longer.

Michael Caine

Michael Caine is the Owner of Amir Articles and also the founder of ANO Digital (Most Powerful Online Content Creator Company), from the USA, studied MBA in 2012, love to play games and write content in different categories.