Dipping nails are the easiest of all. They are beginner-friendly, need less time, and flawless to do. Acrylic nails on the other hand are about precision and a great finish. You will need an expert hand to get beautiful acrylic nails done. There are more chances of messing up your manicure with acrylic nails than a dip system.
If you are thinking that you need to buy dip powder to get dipping nails, then acrylic powder may come to your rescue. Yes, you can use acrylic powder instead of dip powder in your dip system.
Acrylic Powder and Dip powder are same…
You can use acrylic powder in the place of dip powder because they are the same thing, with a slightly different formulation. Dip powder is nothing but acrylic powder in finer grains. The acrylic powder has bigger chunks than dip powder. The formulation of dip powder also consists of resin – cosmetic-grade glue, which acrylic powder does not have. But that does not mean, you cannot use acrylic powder in the dipping system. I have mentioned a step-by-step guide to do dipping nails with acrylic powder in the right way. In this method, your nails will not chip and have a long-lasting manicure.
How to Use Acrylic Powder Instead of Dipping Powder?
Here is a step-by-step guide to making your acrylic dipping nails more durable and chip-free.
Prep your nails: Do the, as usual, prepping of your nails before a manicure. If you are applying tips then, no need to file them to the perfect shape right now. We will do that in the middle of the system. Just cut them into the preferred length.
Dehydrate the nails with acetone, which is a must.
Now use nail glue. As the base coat is everything, you need a good quality glue. I prefer the Kiss Lightning Speed brush on glue. It bonds really well and is super-fast in action. So, make sure to have your acrylic powder ready. As soon as you brush on the glue, you need to apply the powder.
Tip: Using a clear acrylic powder will let you change color anytime you want.
Application technique: a. Apply the glue to your nails. Avoid going close to the cuticle area. b. Now use a spoon or tube to spread the acrylic powder on your nails, or you can just dip the nails in the powder. Then brush off the excess. Always use a soft brush and brush off after a minute of drying, so that your nails do not have any harsh brush strokes. c. Repeat the process, until you get the desired thickness. If your nails are too short and you are using long tips then always build a foundation first so that the nails last longer. Building a foundation means to make the middle portion of the nail thick and the sides and tip thin, this way your nails will have lesser chances of chipping.
To build the foundation: Apply a little bit of glue in the upper portion of your nail, where the false tip is starting, then apply the powder. Repeat the process twice. Make that portion thick and then apply glue and powder to the rest of the area of your nail. I always build a foundation for my long tips to make them last for 3-4 weeks. Normal length tips need only two times application of glue and powder and no foundation.
Applying activator: Activator is a must. You cannot skip it. It is the activator that activates the glue with the powder. It crystallizes the mixture and makes the mixture stronger. The activator is like applying monomer with your acrylic powder to make it tough. You don’t need an expensive activator. As my nails are cheap-prone, I swear by this ANC Nail Activator because it is affordable and works great in giving my nails strength.
The next step is to buff and file the nails to make them according to your desired length and shape.
After you have done buffing and giving shape it is time to use gel polish. Gel polish will act as an extra layer of strength to your nails. As gel polish is thick, if you don’t like thick nails, buff the nails to your desired thickness and then apply the gel polish.
The final step is to apply a topcoat. Use a generous quantity to coat the nails properly.
Can you Use Dip Powder to Fill Acrylic Nails?
We have discussed how acrylic powder can be used in the place of dip powder to achieve dip nails. And how acrylic and dip powder are the same thing.
But using dip powder instead of acrylic to fill acrylic nails is not at all recommended. With monomer, acrylic becomes tough and gives you a proper form. But dip powder has fine grains which with the help of glue and activator becomes somewhat tough. But when you want to get a long-lasting filling, the combination of acrylic nails and dip powder will not be durable. Rather the part where you will fill your acrylic nails with dip powder will chip easily and the entire manicure will get ruined.
If you know how to do dip nails, then you will agree that dip nails need a gel polish and a top coat to make them more durable. Clearly, on acrylic nails, after filling them with dip powder, you will have to add more and more layers of topcoats to give it the strength which will result in thick nails. It will turn out a mess. So, I personally will not recommend you to use a dip powder to fill acrylic nails.