DIY Dip Powder Nail Fill/Color Change How-To

DIY Dip Powder Nail Fill/Color Change How-To


Hi Internet, it’s Kelly. Today I’ll show you how I change the color of my dip powder nails. I’m not a nail tech, I’ve never claimed to be My only experience is watching a ridiculous number of hours of nail videos here on YouTube. So, this is just how I do it. Feel free to not take any advice from this video. So first, the most important thing, always wear a dust mask. You know, honestly, when I’m wearing a dust mask I kinda feel like this But, my asthma is bad enough on its own it doesn’t need any help. We don’t want this So, dust mask. Always! Once my dust mask is on and I’m feeling like a proper nail tech, I start removing the old color with my e-file here which is– I think it was about $50 from Amazon it’s pretty good for the price. As you can see the tip kind of comes out a little bit sometimes and I have to just push it back in, but other than that I really have no complaints A charge lasts literally like two weeks, I never have to charge this thing and it does its job, so for $50 can’t be mad But basically, when I’m e-filing my old color off, the goal is just to make it as thin as possible, you can see there’s still some purple left I’m putting another color on top that would easily hide this purple If it was a dark color, I would try and get every single bit of it off but since it’s light, my next color is just going to cover it up anyway so as long as it’s thin, so that when I’m putting all these layers on my finger doesn’t turn into giant chunky masses, that’s really the goal. I don’t know about you, but e-filing is the most tedious step of doing your nails because not only is it boring and it takes awhile, but you also have the potential to hurt yourself at any second between keeping it in one area for too long and burning the crap out of yourself, or accidentally hitting your cuticle and making yourself bleed there’s so many things that could go wrong during e-filing and it takes so long It’s like the longer you’re doing it the longer (meant to say higher) the possibility that you’re going to hurt yourself. After the old color is filed off then it’s cuticle time First I push my cuticles back with just your normal cuticle pusher Then I actually go in with this I think they call it like a football bit, like a cuticle bit with my e-file and on a low speed I just go around my cuticles It’s actually multitasking because it removes your cuticles It kinda buffs that new growth so that the powder will stick to it and if I have any lifting the bit is just coarse enough so I can keep it right there and go over it a little bit and I can actually file off all that lifting with that bit I don’t need to use my other scary bit that has the potential to hurt me Once I’m done with my cuticles I take my nail brush and I brush off all that dead skin and I make sure to wipe my surface really well because if there’s any powder on your surface you could accidentally get it in your dip powder and it will be bad. There is nothing worse than getting random crap in your dip powder because it’s hard to pick out every little piece and then you’re just gluing random cramp to your– you get it okay? It’s bad. So when I dip powder, I always have all these things out My base, my activator, my little cuticle pusher that I use as a scooper and the brush to brush any excess and I always have a piece of paper down as you can see because I want any excess powder to be able to be put back in my jar next, I prep my nails with a dehydrator and I’m putting it just on that new growth and finally, it’s time to dip so I grab my base, aka super glue and I am putting it on my nail 3/4 of the whole nail I’m leaving the cuticle area clean because if you do a whole layer because this color is going to require two coats and if you do two full coats on your full nail your cuticle area is just going to be so thick it won’t look good especially when it grows out, it will just be bad so first layer 3/4 of the nail and then I like to drop my powder on as opposed to dipping, only on my thumbs, on my other nails I dip a little bit of a different way, you’ll see but I feel like when you dip and you go straight into the powder it pushes the glue and you get sort of lumps so I like to dump the powder on as opposed to dipping and here you can see on my pointer finger how I dip the rest of the nails it’s where I just go upside down and then I go in and then I still use my scooper to make sure I got every single place where I put glue. I find that the upside down dunk doesn’t push the glue all around and the pressure actually helps it get a little bit more opaque It’s important to get as close to the edge of your nail as you can but try not to touch your cuticles If you accidentally touch your cuticles, that’s fine you can just file it later, it’s not that big of a deal. Or if it really gets on your skin you can just pick it off. But if you don’t get close to the edge there will just be a bare spot and it won’t look that great so try and get as close to the edge as you can. Sometimes I’ll turn my fingers all sorts of different ways to make sure I’m getting as close as I possibly can to the edge especially on my right hand After every nail has its first 3/4 layer I’m going to brush off all the excess powder that may be hanging around there. I’m going to start doing a layer that is my whole nail, from cuticle to tip. I’m going to be doing the whole nail. Try to not miss any places, but if you do it’s not that big of a deal you can always come back in later as you can see right here I missed a spot on my first layer, so I’m doing that now. By the way I forgot to mention this color is Splish slakfjs lkskdfj This color is splish splaa — Oh my god it’s such a tongue twister. This color is Splish. Splash. by NuGenesis. It’s a gorgeous like neon blue sparkle, I love it. I’m doing the layers now where I cover my whole nail from cuticle to tip and when I’m doing this layer I really take my time to make sure that I am hitting every little inch of my nail especially with the color because it’s going to be really obvious if you miss a spot. You know, if you’re just doing a clear extension maybe you won’t even notice when you’re done and it doesn’t matter. But if you’re doing a color and you miss a spot, it’s going to be really obvious and it’s going to be a pain to fix later on, so I always take my time. I don’t find that the glue dries super fast and then it’s already dry by the time I go to dip. I don’t find that at all. I find that the glue only really dries once you stick something to it to make it dry. So take your time. By the way, I forgot to mention that this amount of powder is actually just a teaspoon. This isn’t the jar that it normally comes in. This is just a teaspoon that I bought on Facebook. Facebook groups are so good for getting dip powder. Like you can see the amount of powder there, I could probably do like two to three manicures with this and I paid $2 for it and then like 50 cents for a stamp. So for $2 I’m getting a beautiful color and I don’t have to spent like $15 on a whole jar. Because honestly who finishes a whole jar anyway? By the time I’ve used it like 2-3 times usually I’m bored of a color. I don’t need a whole jar, you know? So definitely check out Facebook Swap/Destash groups. I’m pretty sure the one that I got this one from is called “Dip Powder Swap/Sell” I’m pretty sure.. It’s a really great way to build up your collection of dip powders without spending a million dollars. And then it’s activator time. Before you do your activator, make sure all of the excess is brushed off with a brush or this will happen. Usually that’s how I remember to brush it off, I always forget. Then after you’re done brushing that’s when I like to put all of the excess powder back into the jar for later. It may seem a little gross, but again I sprayed alcohol all before I washed my hands, make sure everything is clean So I have no problem putting it back into the jar. And then I start going in with my activator. Do not be afraid of activator, drown that thing in activator if you need to. Activator is what’s going to cure your nail and make sure it’s strong and hard so more is always going to be better than less. And if you accidentally somehow put too much on, you can always wipe it off with a paper towel it’s not that big of a deal. It’s a lot worse to have too little activator than too much. So, go ham with the activator. While I’m doing my activator I usually find areas that I missed. You can see here I’m touching up some spots that I missed, or they weren’t opaque enough. Attention any nail techs who may be watching I’m about to commit a nail sin. I’m warning you, please stop watching now or you may cringe and I don’t want to be responsible. I am about to commit a nail sin. So yes, the next thing I do is file. The sides, the front, and the top of my nail. Which is highly regarded as a big no no of doing nails. Because it effects the glitter or something. Honestly, I don’t find that it makes much of a difference at all. I mean, I’ll be completely honest, it gets a little cloudy. But, honestly, my application isn’t perfect so there’s lumps and bumps on my nails so I’d rather file the top and have them smooth and a TINY bit cloudy, than have lumpy chunky nails. Yes, I do file the top and then I proceed to buff the top. Maybe one day my application will be perfect to where I don’t need these steps but as it stands right now, I’m not a nail god yet. I’m working at it. But I do like to file and buff the tops, I really don’t, honestly, I don’t notice that big of a difference. So after I’m done filing them I then buff the nails to make them a little smoother for my top coat. And finally, I brush off all the dust and I get ready for my top coat. I know that a lot of dip kits come with a top coat. And I’m willing to fight anybody who says those top coats are good enough because let me tell you, you need a gel top coat in your life. The best part of gel top coats is they’re self leveling and since powder is very coarse and grainy, it’s going to self level into all those grooves and you’re not going to have to do 17 million layers of it if you’re not using a gel top coat already I highly recommend it, you can get the lamps on eBay for like $8 the top coats like $2 so you don’t have to drop a whole bunch of money to get nice gel shine. My top coat is just the cheapy $2 Born Pretty one. It is a really great top coat, honestly. I don’t think I’ve ever bought something form Born Pretty and been dissatisfied. I found with glitter powders I really need to do sort of a thick layer of top coat so that it really does get into all those grooves and how I’ll notice if it’s thick enough or not, I’ll look at the reflection in my nail and if that reflection you can kind of see the grains in it, I’ll add more. That reflection should be a smooth line if you have enough top coat on it. It won’t be wavy and bumpy, I hope that makes sense. Once the top coat’s cured, the only thing left to do is say sorry to our cuticles for everything that we’ve done to them by using cuticle oil. and rubbing it in. and here’s the finished product. I love this glitter, it’s so pretty! I’m going to have to check out all the other glitters from the NuGenesis collection and hopefully get some teaspoons of it off the Facebook swap page because I’m not about to drop $15 on some powder. $2 is a lot more reasonable. Thank you for watching. Hope you enjoy. Let me know if you made it through this entire video or not. Let me know anything I can improve on or anything you’d like to see. Thank you so much for watching. (Accidentally made the video go on for another 2 minutes)

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