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Drip Nails with Dip Powder | Ice Cream-Inspired Summer Mani

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Drip nails are a super fun, playful design. We love these nails for summer - they remind us of melting ice cream! 🍦 Pick your favorite bright colors - maybe a different one for each finger. Then pair with a neutral base color for a great drip nail design.
PRO TIP: Make sure you thoroughly prep nails to ensure adhesion & long-lasting wear! Push back cuticles, create a rough texture on the nail plate by filing, and sanitize thoroughly.
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Step 1
  • Apply a coat of Step 1 Bond and allow it to dry completely.
Step 2
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 2 Base and immediately dip fingernail into Base & Finish powder.

PRO TIP: Avoid getting the product onto cuticles, powder will pick up wherever Base is applied.

Step 3
  • Tap finger to remove loose powder. Then use a fluffy brush to sweep off excess powder.
Step 4
  • Apply another coat of Step 2 Base, and immediately dip fingernail into color powder of choice. Here we’re using PA-20.

PRO TIP: Brushes may harden or pick up color powder during application. Simply switch them between Brush Softener for easy cleaning & workability.

Step 5
  • Tap finger to remove loose powder, and run a pointed tool along the cuticles to remove excess product. Using a fluffy brush, sweep off excess powder from the nails. Repeat for more coverage.
Step 6
  • Add a few drops of Step 2 Base onto a small piece of foil.
Step 7
  • Using a dotting tool or toothpick, apply Step 2 Base creating a drip design.
Step 8
  • Use a small scoop to pour color powder of choice over the wet base. Here we’re using NE-17.
Step 9
  • Apply another coat of Step 2 Base and immediately dip fingernail into Base & Finish powder.
Step 10
  • Tap finger to remove loose powder, and use a fluffy brush to remove excess powder.
Step 11
  • Apply Step 3 Activator to the entire nail. Allow a few minutes for the dip blend to harden.
Step 12
  • File and buff nails to achieve desired shape & smoothness.
Step 13
  • Wash hands or use a lint-free wipe saturated in alcohol to remove any excess activator from the nail surface.
Step 14
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 4 Sealer to the entire nail. Allow it to dry for 1-2 minutes.
Step 15
  • Apply a second coat of Step 3 Activator to the entire nail. Allow nails to dry for a full 5 minutes.

PRO TIP: If you live in a humid climate, you may need to increase your dry time.

Step 16
  • Use a dry lint-free wipe to remove any excess activator from the nail surface.

PRO TIP: Make sure nails are completely dry before moving to the next step!

Step 17
  • Apply a coat of Step 4 Sealer in thin, quick strokes. Allow 2-3 minutes for nails to dry.

PRO TIP: In this step, you can also substitute Sealer for Step 2 Base!

Step 18
  • Apply a final coat of Step 4 Sealer to the entire nail. Allow 3-5 minutes for nails to completely dry.

PRO TIP: Don't apply more than 2 consecutive coats of Sealer as this will prevent even drying & may result in a gummy mani.

Finish!
  • Ice cream nails are oh-so-summery, and we love this drip nail design!

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