Create a Gorgeous Block Nail Design With Dip Powders

10 Materials
45 Minutes

If you can’t use, or don’t want to use gels, then don’t worry.

In this tutorial I will show you some gorgeous color block nail art designs that you can do without using any gels.

These simple color block nails use dip powder instead.

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Tools and materials:

  • Neutral-colored rubber base or clear dip powder
  • Pink dip powder
  • Black dip powder
  • Gold foils
  • Dip base
  • Activator
  • Topcoat
  • Disposable eyeliner applicators or small toothpicks
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Lint-free wipes or paper towels
Prepping nails

1. Prep your nails

Ensure your nails are clean and dry before starting this nail art tutorial.


Apply a neutral-colored rubber base or clear dip powder as a base coat.

If you're using clear dip powder, apply one to two dips before proceeding.

Applying dip powder to nails

2. Apply pink dip powder

If using pink dip powder, apply it to your nails as desired.

If you're only applying the pink to part of your nail, ensure your base coat is thin. 

Pour the pink dip powder over your nails or dip your nails into the powder.  

Removing excess powder

Ensure to tap off any excess powder.       

Applying activator

3. Activate the pink dip powder

Apply activator to the pink dip powder to set it. This prevents the black dip powder from staining the pink.

Applying dip powder to nails

4. Apply black dip powder

Using disposable eyeliner applicators or small toothpicks, apply thin lines of your base to the edges of the pink dip powder design.

Applying dip powder to nails

Then apply black dip powder to cover the thin lines of base on your nails. Ensure the lines are thin.

Removing excess powder

Tap off any excess black dip powder and activate it with activator.

Applying dip base

5. Apply gold foils

Apply dip base over the area where you want to place the gold foils. Ensure to cover both the pink and black dip powder.

Applying gold foils

Quickly place gold foils onto the sides of the black lines.

Use a toothpick or similar tool to position the foils as desired. 

Press the foils down gently to ensure they adhere to the dip base.

Applying gold foils

I chose to put foils on both sides of my thin black lines’

Applying dip powder to nails

6. Seal with clear dip powder

Apply clear dip powder over your entire nail to encapsulate the design, including the gold foils. 

Pour or dip your nails into the clear dip powder, ensuring even coverage.

Applying activator

7. Activate and topcoat

Apply activator to harden the clear dip powder and the entire design.

Nail file

Once hardened, file, buff, and shape your nails as desired. 

Wipe off any dust with isopropyl alcohol on a lint-free wipe or paper towel.

Applying topcoat

Apply topcoat to seal and protect the design.

Apply one hand at a time, ensuring to cap the edges for longevity. 

Float both layers of topcoat.

Color block nail design

Color block nail design

Once your topcoat is dry, admire your beautiful nail art design! 

By following these steps, you can recreate the nail art design described in the video without using any gels. 

Enjoy your gorgeous nails and leave a comment to let me know what other nail designs you come up with!

Next, check out my Super Glam Ombre Chunky Glitter Nails Tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Neutral-colored rubber base or clear dip powder
  • Pink dip powder
  • Black dip powder
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  • Barbara Brown Barbara Brown on Mar 24, 2024

    The gold powder is messing looking. I'd leave it off & just have black line separating two colors.