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Butterfly Dip Nails: How to Create Butterfly Wing Nail Art

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Create a stunning butterfly wing nail design with our easy-to-follow tutorial. We’re showing you the step-by-step method for creating this gorgeous accent nail pattern. 🦋
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 thin coat of Step 1 Bond. Allow it to dry completely.
Step 2
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 2 Base & immediately dip fingernail into color powder of choice. Here we are using NE17.

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 pointed tool to clean cuticle edges. Follow by using a fluffy brush to sweep off excess powder. Repeat for more coverage.
Step 4
  • On a small piece of foil, add a few drops of Step 4 Sealer.
Step 5
  • Create the outline of a butterfly wing using a toothpick dipped in Step 4 Sealer. Then use a small scoop to pour CL64 onto the nail.
  • Using the same method, finish the outline of the butterfly wing.
Step 6
  • Now, create the inner details of the wing using the same technique.
Step 7
  • Using a foam buffer, gently smooth out the butterfly outline.
Step 8
  • Create small dots on the outer side of the wings using the toothpick dipped in Step 4 Sealer.
Step 9
  • Apply a coat of Step 2 Base to the entire nail, then immediately dip fingernail into Base & Finish powder. Tap finger to remove loose powder, & use a fluffy brush to sweep off any excess.

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

Step 10
  • Apply Step 3 Activator to the entire nail. Allow a few minutes for dip blend to harden.

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

Step 11
  • File and buff nails to achieve desired nail shape & smoothness.
Step 12
  • Wash hands or use a lint-free wipe saturated in alcohol to wipe the nails clean.

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

Step 13
  • Apply a coat of Step 4 Sealer to the entire nail. Allow it to dry for 1-2 minutes.
Step 14
  • Apply a second coat of Step 3 Activator to the entire nail. Allow it to dry for 5 full minutes.

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

Step 15
  • Use a lint-free wipe to remove excess activator from the nail surface.

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

Step 16
  • Apply a coat of Step 4 Sealer in thin, quick strokes. Allow 2-3 minutes for nails to dry.
  • 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!

Butterfly nail art comes alive with this dip powder butterfly wing design. We love this butterfly wing art as an accent nail!

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