Fabulous Ombre Dip Powder Nail Design Tutorial

7 Materials
30 Minutes

If you love ombre manicures and you love flake glitter dip powders, did you know you can combine the two?

In this nail tutorial, I’m going to share with you a gorgeous ombre dip powder nail design. Let’s jump on in!

Tools and materials:

  • Base coat
  • Dip powder
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Activator
  • Nail brush
  • Tape
  • Ombre brush
Applying base coat

1. Apply base coat

Start by applying a clear base coat to your nails.

Applying dip powder

2. Apply dip powder

Next, tip the powder over the top.

I’m going for a neutral color as this will allow the foils that we are going to use to really pop and stand out. 

Pushing cuticles down

3. Push cuticles down

Use a cuticle pusher to push your cuticles down and remove any excess dip powder.

Dipping nails

4. Do second dip

Then, do a second dip.

Brushing excess powder off

5. Brush off excess powder

Brush off any excess powder with a nail brush.

Activating nails

6. Activate nails

Now apply clear dip powder and then activate your nails.

Adding glitter

7. Dip nail into glitter flakes

Proceed to dip your nails into the glitter flakes.

Tracing nails

8. Trace around nails

Trace around your cuticles to make sure that none of the foils are stuck there.

Removing excess glitter

9. Remove excess glitter flakes

Then, I recommend placing some tape on the index finger of your other hand to press the flakes down so that they start to lay nicely.

Next, use a nail brush to brush away any excess flakes.

Shaking glitter

Before you do the next nail, shake up the nail cup that has the flakes in it to allow the bigger pieces to come to the top

Creating ombre effect

10. Create ombre effect

When creating an ombre effect, apply the dip base over only about the top ¾ of your nail. Then, lay just the tip of your nail into the flakes.

Creating ombre effect

Then, take an ombre brush, drip it on the flakes, and gently tap the flakes over your nail.

In between each nail, wipe your brush off on a lint-free paper towel or wipe because you don’t want to get foils stuck to your brush.

Activating nails

11. Activate nails

Now activate your nails.

I recommend activating the bottom first and then the top to ensure that the dark color doesn’t bleed down into the lighter color.

Buffing nails

12. Buff nails

Once done, proceed to buff your nails and fix up on the shaping.

Applying top coat

13. Apply top coat

Finish off by pushing back your cuticles and applying a top coat.

Ombre dip powder nail design

Ombre dip powder nail design

Here is the finished look.

I love the bold purple color that I went for, and on the ombre nail, I really like how it transitions from foils on the top to the neutral color on the bottom, gently tapering out down the nail.

Give this technique a go for yourself and let me know what you think!

Suggested materials:
  • Base coat
  • Dip powder
  • Cuticle pusher
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