A Way to Have Long-lasting SNS Manicure

Dip manicure is as popular as acrylics and UV-cured gel manicures and is considered relatively safer than the other two options. Dip manicure has the audacity to stay longer on your nails, without causing much harm to the nail beds. Plus, there are as many dip powder colors and designs as a nail enthusiast has ever dreamt about trying.

The popularity of this nail technique and the urge to know everything about dip powder nails has compelled us to discuss this method and its nitty-gritty in detail.

So, let’s get straight to the point:

What Is Dip Powder Nail Art?

Dip powder nail technique is an art of dipping nails into finely-milled color powder jar and then using an adhesive on the top to seal the nail look. These days, due to sanitary and hygiene conditions, the salon has started brushing the powder onto the nails instead of dipping nails directly into the jar containing dip powder.

Dip powder nail art is also commonly known as SNS nails. Where SNS nail powder is a patented nail dipping technology owned by Signature Nail Systems.

Dip Powder Nail Technique and Ingredients

Among several dip nail providers, SNS nails have come a long way. The ingredients used in the composition of SNS nail color chart are included to ensure the health of natural nails.

Compared to their counterparts, SNS products have Vitamin A, E, B5, D, and Calcium in their composition. However, the sealant uses cyanoacrylate ( an ingredient used for acrylic nails) to harden the dip powder onto nails, while strengthening the natural nails.

Powder or pigments uses Eucalyptus essential oil. Therefore, if you’re sensitive to this ingredient, you should ask your service provider, regarding its safety. The color chart is vibrant, neutral, glittery, and much more to offer – good news, isn’t it? Many good-reputed salons provide SNS certifications to their technicians to rest assured they are well trained.

The basic essentials to perform a dip powder manicure requires: lint-free wipe, monomer for base coat, dip-powder color, activator for topcoat.

Application of Dip Powder Nails

Continue reading for practical tips on everything from pre-application practices to safe removal, as well as the biggest service blunder a professional might do.

The very first consideration that needs your attention before you proceed to the actual process of dipping is: cleaning your nails with a lint-free wipe. The experts suggest that you shouldn’t use water during dip nails. Otherwise the dry process will take a bit longer or the shine on your nails will be little somehow.

Before you start dipping your nails, make sure that you are going to perform the process in a well-ventilated space. Dip powder gives a beautiful manicure on a rough surface, therefore, it is suggested to use a filer to get rid of excessive oil from your nails.

Once you have prepared your nails for the main application, apply the bonder to your nails. Shake or roll your dip powder jar to mix all the contents in the jar properly. Apply a very thin base layer of monomer to your nails.

Now, dip your nails one by one into the color powder jar. Or use a brush to dab the powder onto your nails. A clean and fuzzy acrylic brush is the most practical brush type to perform the application. Allow the monomer to absorb the powder. Don’t overdo the coat. Use an activator to cure the color coating. Once your all nails are done, clean up the nail edges to dust away from the tiny particles of excessive dip powder.

Lifting off dip manicures is easier as compared to its acrylic and gel counterparts. Using the foil, wrap each finger in solvent-saturated cotton to remove dip powder out of your nails. If your nail technician is doing the dip manicure, be wary that he is using poly gloves for performing the job.

Are Dip Powder Nails Better than Acrylics and Gel Nail Polishes?

Nail dipping powder is similar to acrylic powder in that both require a difficult removal process on your nails. Dip powder, on the other hand, does not include any acrylic nail adhesive, which might contain problematic chemicals. Dip powder also has thinner layers, which may help lessen the risk of infection or damage to your nail beds.

This form of manicure lasts far longer than a traditional manicure. Unlike gel, it does not need to be cured under LED lights. Besides, each layer of SNS takes approximately 3 minutes to dry, making it a breeze to apply.


Opting for a dip powder manicure won’t let you go wrong since your nails will not be exposed to harmful UV rays for curing. Maintenance is required, though, if you want to make a dip manicure art for approximately one month. 

Enjoy dipping!