Our 22 Favorite Dip Powder Nail Designs and Ideas

Finally, a durable and chip-resistant manicure.

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There's something particularly frustrating about discovering a chipped nail after recently having had a manicure. (Once it happens, you know it's only downhill from there.) And as much as we love gel manicures, the term "no-chip" is occasionally a misnomer.

That's why dip powder manicures—often referred to as SNS manicures—have changed the game. While dip powder manicures were technically "invented" in 1990, the technique didn't enter the public lexicon until years later, made popular by the leading brand SNS.

Dip powder manicures are known for their durability and resistance to chipping. The technique involves literally dipping the nails into colored powder while brushing on layers of bonder as an adhesive, then using a clear sealant on top. They work for both natural nails and extended ones.

And while you might think the nail polish colors lined up in the nail salon are tempting, the options you'll find for dip powder span the color spectrum, too—and more importantly, they'll likely last twice as long on your nails. Below, find 22 dip powder nail ideas that'll inspire you to dive into dip.

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Blank Slate

Dip powder nails in white


There's nothing fresher than soft white nails, year-round. Plus, with dip manicures, lighter hues tend to look more saturated—meaning you won't have to worry about your nail color peeking through a sheer, light shade like white.

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Put it in Neutral

Neutral dip powder nails with bow ring holding pearlescent beads


The perfect swath of neutral, a dip powder nail color like this will go with your entire wardrobe, so you'll fully enjoy your manicure throughout its long life.

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Minty Green

Mint green dip powder nails


Pick a bold hue like this minty green—it shines through perfectly with dip powder, which usually lends itself to more saturated, pigmented hues.

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Cobalt Blue Dip

Cobalt blue dip powder nail color


Few shades are more striking than cobalt, which gets its chance to shine in a long-lasting dip powder style.

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French Ombré

French gradient dip powder nail color


Two different shades create a cool, seamless ombré. It's like a modern update on a French manicure, if you will.

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Ocean Vibes

yellow and blue dip nails


Don't be afraid to mix and match colors: You can achieve these nautical-feeling nails with different shades of blue, teal, yellow, and green.

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Milky Peach

milky peach dip nails


This neutral, milky peach shade is perfect all year 'round.

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Glitter Dip

Glitter dip powder manicure


Most dip powder nail salons carry a number of glitter hues, so the exact color choice is yours. We love the subtle contrast between the pink and silver here.

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Deep Coral Dip

Deep coral dip powder nail color


This dimensional coral shade looks amazing on any skin tone, plus it works well in every season, too.

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Light Pink With Glitter Accent

pink and glitter dip nails


Dip powder permits creative nail ideas, too, so you definitely won't miss polish or gel—and we love this subtle light pink manicure with sparkly accents.

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Classic Black

black dip nails


There's nothing quite like a classic black shade—especially when it looks this shiny and lustrous, thanks to the glossy sealant on top.

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Hot Tamale

Tamale red-orange dip powder manicure


Yes, this color is literally called "Hot Tamale"—and if you have a hankering for an ultra-bright hue that works for every skin tone and season, we think we've found the one for you.

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Burnt Orange Dip

Burnt orange gradient dip powder nail color


This orange-toned gradient is suitable year 'round, but we especially love it for fall.

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Gold Shimmer

copper dip nails


A dip powder shade with some slight shimmer will have your nails looking chic and subtle.

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Neutral Vibes

sand dune dip nails


We always love earth tone-inspired nails—and this neutral, "sand dune" shade is our new favorite.

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Sunshine State

Yellow dip powder nails holding sheer yellow sunglasses


This dip powder nail color idea is sunshine in a bottle. We love how it coordinates with the sheer sunglasses.

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Stark White

Stark white dip powder nail color


A stark white that you won't have to worry about sheerness with? Yes, please. The multiple layers of dip powder prevent those pesky "I-didn't-think-this-color-would-be-so-faint" moments.

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Pretty in Pink

Pink gradient dip powder manicure


Calling everyone who loves an especially joyful moment: Pick varying shades of pink for a "monochrome" manicure you'll be showing off at every turn.

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Luxe Lavender

Lavender dip powder nails on hand holding steering wheel


Embrace a chic pastel shade—like luxe lavender—knowing the pigmentation with a dip manicure will come out perfectly.

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Cool Cobalt

Cobalt blue dip powder nail color on crossed hands


As far as we're concerned, you can't go wrong with an eye-catching electric blue.

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Purple Matte

Matte purple dip powder acrylic manicure


Depending on the sealant you use, you can go for a glossy, lustrous finish or a matte one. Here, we think the matte finish complements the purple shade and acrylic extensions perfectly.

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Clear and Glittery

clear glitter nails


Instead of using a clear glittery shade as an accent nail, use it for all of your nails for a fresh take on neutral.

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