Can You Put Gel Polish Over Dip Powder?

We’re way past the days when applying regular polish was the only way to pretty up your nails. You’ve now got plenty of polish options, from acrylic and dip powder to bio gel and polygel. And you can even mix different polishes to get the best of both. The problem with all these combo options is knowing how to mix polishes for top results – like, can you put gel polish over dip powder?

You can apply gel polish and gel top coat over clear dip powder to create a stronger surface and longer-lasting results. Another option is to apply a shiny gel top coat over colored dip powder for a glossier finish than possible with a standard dip polish top coat.

Gel polish and dip powder can be a match made in heaven. Let’s find out how to use this polish power couple to get your ultimate nail look.

can you put gel polish over dip powder

Can You Apply Gel Polish On Top Of Dip Powder?

Gel polish or dip powder alone can give you an A-list mani. But put gel polish over dip powder, and your nails are in for a treat. When you combine the two polishes, you get max beauty benefits.

Gel polish and dip powder both have super qualities, but they have different strengths. By using them together, you get all the perks.

Dip powder sticks to your nails like crazy, creating a hard, strong surface that lasts and lasts. Gel polish also has an impressive track record for being long-lasting. Still, dip powder outperforms gel polish in durability, staying put for up to a week longer than gel polish.

Gel polish (literally) outshines dip powder with its incredibly shiny finish (supposing you’re using a shiny top coat, not matte). Standard dip powder top coats can also create high-shine nails, but gel polish takes gloss to another level. Plus, although both polishes can create a bold mani, some nail lovers swear that gel polish colors pop more.

So, when you double up and use gel and powder, you get a mani with unrivaled staying power and shine!

A nail technician puts gel polish over dip powder

How To Put Gel Polish Over Dip Powder

There are two ways to use gel polish over dip powder:

What you doWhy?
Use a gel colored coat and gel top coat over dip powder.You want to give your fave gel color extra strength and longer wear.
Use a gel top coat over dip powder.You want to give your color dip powder the dazzling shine only a gel top coat can create. 

Let’s polish up on the two methods for applying gel polish over dip powder.

Note: The application methods I’ll be breaking down are for natural nails, but you can also use a dip-powder-and-gel-polish combo on fake nails.

Before you can get to the actual polishing, you must prep the nails. Prepping nails will help the polish go on smoothly – and stay on!

Here’s your nail-prep checklist:

  • Gently push back the cuticles.
  • File nails to neaten them and create the shape you want.
  • Lightly buff the entire nail plate to create a rough texture for the polish to cling to.
  • Brush away the nail dust.
  • Clean the nails with rubbing alcohol and let them air dry.

I know how much self-control it takes to carefully prep nails rather than jumping straight into dressing them in something bright, shimmery, or sparkly. But the prep step is essential to a successful mani.

Good to know: You can apply a primer or bonder to nails to keep your gel polish peeling.

Are the nails shaped, texturized, and clean? Great, move on to the next steps.

Can You Put Gel Polish Over Dip Powder?

How To Put Gel Colored Coat And Top Coat Over Dip Powder

These are the steps to using gel color and gel top coat over dip powder:

  • Step #1: Apply a thin layer of dip powder base coat to the nails. Don’t get any base coat on the cuticles or skin. (Tip: Work on one nail at a time to stop the base coat from drying out before catching the dip powder).
  • Step #2: Pour or brush clear dip powder onto the nail, then tap or dust off the excess. Another option is to quickly dip the nail into the powder, but this way is less hygienic. Repeat these steps (apply the base coat, pour the powder over, and dust off the extra) for a stronger coating.
  • Step #3: Apply dip powder sealant to the nails.
  • Step #4: File the nails to perfect their shape and thickness and buff them to roughen their texture.
  • Step #5: Apply a thin layer of gel color to the nails. Use short, controlled strokes to avoid getting any polish on the cuticles and skin. Paint the edge of the nail tip (cap the nail) to seal the polish. Then cure the polish under UV or LED light. 
  • Step #6: For a more intense effect, apply another thin layer (or several) of color and then cure it.
  • Step #7: Apply a layer of gel top coat (again painting over the nail tip and avoiding the cuticles and skin) and cure it. Then moisturize your cuticles if they are dry.

How To Use Gel Top Coat Over Dip Powder 

The first 2 steps are the same as in the method above except that you pour or brush colored, not clear, dip powder over nails (or dip the nails into the powder) in step 2. When you’ve built the color intensity you’re after, apply a layer of clear dip powder. 

Here are the rest of the steps to using gel top coat over dip powder:

  • Step #3: Apply dip powder sealant to the nails.
  • Step #4: File the nails to perfect their shape and thickness and buff them to roughen their texture.
  • Step #5: Apply a layer of gel top coat to the entire nail plate, aiming to get right up close to the cuticles and skin on the side without getting the top coat on these areas. Remember to cap the nails.
  • Step #6: Cure the top coat under UV or LED light for long enough (see how long gel polish would take to dry).

Good to know: If your gel top coat leaves a sticky residue after curing, wipe the stickiness away with rubbing alcohol.

Can You Put Gel Polish Over Dip Powder? The Bottom Line

You’ll struggle to find glossier polish than gel. And no other polish looks amazing on your nails as long as dip powder does. So, supercharge your manicure by combining these two polish stars. Add gel color and gel top coat or just gel top coat to dip powder to get nails with a mirrorlike shine that stays flawless for up to a month.