Anyone who regularly gets manicures knows how maddening it is to smudge a nail minutes after you’ve paid a professional to paint them. That’s why dip powder manicures are so impressive.
The fastest and most hassle-free way to remove dip powder at home is to soak your nails in a small bowl of acetone. Another option is a steam off removal machine. To take off dip powder using acetone, start by filing the shiny top coat layer off the nail to break the seal. Next, Terrell says to soak your nails in a bowl of acetone for 10-15 minutes.
Once all of your fingers have soaked, take an acetone-soaked cotton ball and wipe any remaining powder off of your nails. Unlike gel polish, you won’t have to scrape any remaining bits off, so typically the chance of damaging your nails is minimal.
After your dip powder manicure is completely wiped away and your nails are clean, Terrell recommends taking a 7-10 day break every 2-3 months if you’re regularly getting long-wear manicures.
In the meantime, keep your nails healthy with a nourishing, strengthening treatment, plus daily cuticle oil. Cuticle oil should be applied to the nails daily to keep the nails and cuticles hydrated.