How to DIY Viral Fairycore Nails at Home

15 Materials
30 Minutes

What’s up nail crew? Today, I’m showing you the easiest way to achieve a Fairycore manicure — no drawing skills required!

Follow along with my step-by-step tutorial if you love the fairycore aesthetic.

Tools and materials:

  • Protective manicure gloves
  • Dip cup
  • Clear dip base
  • Shimmery white dip powder
  • Orange wood stick
  • Cuticle tool
  • Nail brush
  • Clear dip powder
  • Nail file
  • Activator
  • Stamping plate with fairy wings
  • White nail polish
  • Nail stamping tool
  • Nail polish remover
  • Top coat polish
Applying shimmer base

1. Apply a shimmer base for your fairycore nails

I have a layer of builder gel on my bare nails, but if you don’t you can use a layer of clear dip base.

More on this in the video at 3:30-4:00. Apply a thin coat of clear, dip base to your thumb nail.

Dip your thumb nail into white shimmer dip powder.

Dipping nails

Clean out the nail bed with an orange wood stick.

Cleaning nail

Use a cuticle tool to push back your cuticles where needed.

Pushing cuticle back

Repeat this clear base followed by shimmer dip powder as the base for the rest of your nails. 

Applying clear base

Brush off excess powder with a nail brush.

Dipping nails

2. Apply a 2nd layer of gel and dip powder

Apply a 2nd layer of both gel and dip powder to make sure there are no gaps and allow the right opacity.

The key is thin layers, since if you paint it on thick, it can look chunky and crack. 

Adding clear base

3. Encapsulate the shimmer 

This step is key because it will allow you to buff and file the nails later without ruining the previous layers: Seal in the base shimmer with a layer of clear polish followed by clear dip powder.

I often prefer pouring it over the polish instead of dipping. 

Dipping nails

Then brush off the excess with a stiff, nail brush.

Brushing nails

4. Activate and then buff the nails

Apply a coat of activator.

Applying activator

Buff and shape the nails for a smooth surface on which to apply the fairycore detail. 

Buffing nails

5. Prepare your stamp

Paint your polish over the wing stamp that you like and then swipe over it with the plastic card. 

Stamping nails

Roll over the image with the stamping tool (not too hard!) and press it on your nail.

Stamping nails

Repeat on your other nails. You can use the same wing type for each nail or mix and match.

Use nail polish remover to take off any white polish that strays from the nail. 

Stamping nails

6. Apply top coat

Once your design is complete, apply a smudge-free top coat, making sure to cap the tips. 

Applying top coat

Once this top coat has completely dried (about 5-10 minutes), apply a dip top coat. For specifics, see the video at 10:40-11:00. 

Applying top coat

Here’s the final result for this delicate nail art design: 

Fairycore nails

Fairycore nails

Stamping is a great way to add a really fun pop of Fairycore to your dip nails. What do you think? Comment down below.

Next up, create a gorgeous dip powder color block nail design.

Suggested materials:
  • Protective manicure gloves
  • Dip cup
  • Clear dip base
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