Carved Dipping Powder Nail Art

Carved Dipping Powder Nail Art
  • Step by Step Instructions
  • Products & Tools Used
Before You Begin
Complete Powder Perfection nail prep.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Apply Powder Perfection Step 1 Base Coat to the well of the nail tip then adhere to the natural nail.
Pro Tip
For warmer climates, apply Powder Perfection Step 2 Activator to the tip of natural nail then apply Step 1 Base Coat to the well of the nail tip for faster adhesion.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
If needed, use a QuickCut to reduce length. Shape to the desired shape with a 180 grit file. With an e-file, use a mandrel with a fine sand band to blend the nail tip. Remove excess dust, & apply 1 coat of OPI Bond Aid to the natural nail.
Pro Tip
Use a 100/180 grit buffer to remove any fraying from the nail tip. This will ensure a smooth application.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Apply Base Coat to 80% of the nail, leaving a noticeable gap around the cuticle area. Immediately pour Clear Color Set Powder. Allow the powder to absorb then tap to remove excess powder. Use a dust brush to remove any remaining powder.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Apply Base Coat to 99% of the nail then pour Hurry-Juku Get This Color! near the cuticle area. Right below, pour It’s A Girl!. Continue to alternate colors for full coverage. Allow the powder to absorb then tap and dust to remove excess.
Pro Tip
Repeat step for coverage.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Leave the powder uncured, use an e-file with a fine carbide bit and carve diagonally into the uncured powder. Remove the uncured powder.
Pro Tip
Never make contact with the natural nail by leaving an ultra-thin layer of Clear Color Set Powder. Ensure safe removal around the cuticle area by using a medium grit safety removal bit for the remaining product.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Use a 180 grit file and refine the diagonal edge. Apply Powder Perfection Step 3 Activator generously. Wait 2 minutes for the US and 4 minutes for Canada.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Apply Powder Perfection Step 1 Base Coat to the bottom diagonal of the nail. Immediately pour Polly Want A Lacquer?. Allow the powder to absorb then tap to remove excess. Use a dust brush to remove any remaining powder.
Pro Tip
Repeat for coverage 2 more times.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Apply Powder Perfection Step 2 Activator generously to the entire nail. Don’t forget to cap the free edge. Wait 2 minutes for the US and 4 minutes for Canada.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Lightly contour with a 180 grit file or e-file to reveal the design. Remove excess dust with a dust brush.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Apply Powder Perfection Step 1 Base Coat to cover the entire nail, then immediately pour Clear Color Set Powder. Allow the powder to absorb then tap to remove excess. Use a dust brush to remove any remaining powder.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Apply Powder Perfection Step 2 Activator generously to the entire nail. Wait 2 minutes for the US and 4 minutes for Canada. Shape and contour with a 180 grit file or e-file. Smooth with 100/180 then 220/280 grit buffer.
Pro Tip
Remove excess dust with a dust brush and repeat steps for coverage.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Finish with 2 coats of Powder Perfection Step 3 Top Coat. Wait 2 minutes between each coat. Try to use minimal strokes when applying to avoid overworking the Top Coat and causing unwanted matte spots.
OPI Pro Nail Art Look: Carve Me a River
Apply OPI ProSpa Nail & Cuticle Oil to complete this carved dipping powder nail art look.
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Powder Perfection- Step 1 Base Coat
$9.00
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Powder Perfection - Step 2 Activator
$9.00
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Powder Perfection - Step 3 Top Coat
$9.00
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It's a Girl!
$23.00
It's a Girl! Dipping Powder
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Hurry-juku Get This Color!
$23.00
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Polly Want a Lacquer?
$23.00
Polly Want A Lacquer Dipping Powder
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Clear Color Set Powder
$57.00
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Edge File - 180 Grit
$1.30
Edge File - 180 Grit - Files - OPI
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Flex Silver 100/180 Buffer
$2.50
Flex Silver 100/180 Buffer - Files - OPI
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Flex Green 220/280 File
$2.50
Flex Green 220/280 File - Files - OPI
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Bond Aid Ph Balancing Agent
$5.15
Bond Aid Ph Balancing Agent - Top & Base Coats - OPI
Nail & Cuticle Oil
$9.96