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How To Create Cherry Bomb Nail Art Using Dip Powder

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This juicy sweet mani has us in a nap dress picnic mood. And these red cherry nails are pretty as a walk in an orchard. Get cherry nails in minutes with our step-by-step fruit nail art tutorial. These bright drupes (that's the technical fruit family cherries are in - even though they look berry-licious) dance across your nails, hanging on bright green stems on a background of light pink. Seeing fresh cherries at our local market is a favorite moment of late summer, and this cherry nail art gives us that feeling in any season. 🍒
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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You can still achieve this look with the orange stick in our Buffer Set, but if you don't have the steadiest hands, a ball-ended stylus like this set can help create perfectly circular cherries!

Step 1
  • Apply a thin coat of Step 1 Bond. Allow it to dry completely.
Step 2
  • Paint a thin coat of Step 2 Base and immediately dip finger into Natural Pink. Tap to remove loose powder and use a fluffy brush to sweep away any excess.
  • Repeat for additional coverage.

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

Step 3
  • Paint a thin layer of Step 3 Activator over the entire nail & let dry to prevent nail art colors from bleeding.
  • Allow 3-5 minutes for nails to harden.
  • Then buff & shape nails to your desired finish.
Step 4
  • Paint a thin layer of Step 3 Activator over entire nail.

PRO TIP: Activating this layer of dip will prevent the red from the cherries to bleed and soak into the background color!

Step 5
  • Gather your color powders and tools so they are ready when you need them. You will need an orange stick & stylus for this look.
  • Dab a bit of Step 2 Base onto foil.
Step 6
  • Use a stylus to dot Base onto nail, then gently pour CL-09 over the nail
  • Tap to remove excess powder.
  • Repeat to create more cherries.

PRO TIP: Be very gentle pouring acrylic dip powder over nail art as it can disrupt the design!

Step 7
  • Use an orangewood stick to draw cherry stems. Pour CL-02 over nail and tap to remove excess powder.
  • Add a second layer for more coverage. Repeat for additional stems.

PRO TIP: Work quickly to prevent Step 2 Base from drying out.

Step 8
  • Apply Step 3 Activator, allow 3-5 minutes for nails to harden.
  • Then buff & shape nails to your desired finish.
Step 9
  • 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 10
  • Apply a second coat of Step 3 Activator.
  • Allow 3-5 minutes for nails to harden.
Step 11
  • Paint a coat of Step 4 Sealer and allow 2-3 minutes for nails to dry.

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

Step 12
  • Paint a coat of Step 4 Sealer and allow 2-3 minutes for nails to dry.

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

Finish!
  • Enjoy this bomb mani until the end of summer! (although we totally get it if you want to rock this mani all year long)