Dipping 101

Learn the basics of DIY dipping with us! 

What you need:

  • Dip Liquids (Base, Activator, and Top Coat)
  • Dip Powders
  • 100/180 File
  • Cuticle Pusher or E-file
  • Rubbing Alcohol 
  • Cupcake Liner (Optional)
  • Stiff Brush (Optional)
  • Toothpicks (Optional)


Step 1 - Nail Prep + Bond

Prep your nails by gently removing the cuticles. You can use a cuticle pusher or an e-file. After pushing your cuticle back apply bond or rubbing alcohol to remove any excess oil. This will help your dip last up to three weeks!


Step 2 - Apply Base + Dip

Carefully apply a thin layer of base to your nail. Immediately dip your nail into the powder at a 45-degree angle. If you are working with glitters pour the glitter into a cupcake liner and gently lay your nail flat onto the glitter.

PRO-TIP: Use a stiff brush to remove any excess powders!


Step 3 - Repeat!

Apply base to your nail and dip again. Repeat until you reach your desired color opacity.

Pro-Tip: Use a toothpick to go over your cuticle line to prevent lifting!


Step 4 - Apply Activator + Shapping

Generously apply your favorite activator and wait until it hardens (approx. 2 minutes). Then file and shape your nail as desired.


Step 5. - Top Coat + Nailfie

Wipe your nails with rubbing alcohol. If you are using sealer activate again and wait 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can use your favorite top and apply it like normal. 


You are all set! Take some nailfies and tag us at @sunkissedandco because we want to see your gorgeous mani!!

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