Between wedding planning and engagement celebrations, a trip to the nail salon or sitting down to DIY a quick polish change might get pushed to the very bottom of your to-do list. But with your nails in the spotlight (hellooo, engagement ring selfies) these next few months, a flawless manicure is a priority—and with so much to do in so little time, a mani that lasts is an even bigger one. Therefore, it might be a good idea to skip the traditional nail lacquer and opt for dip powder nails, the manicure trend sweeping social media.
The dip powder technique has been around for some time, but has recently gained popularity partly thanks to the 'Gram. Unlike gel manis, dip powder nails don't involve UV lights and last an impressive three to four weeks without losing their shine. Using fine acrylic powder, nails are coated with the long-lasting pigment in between coats of polish (a base coat and sealant), and require zero drying time. The result is a beautiful set of chip-resistant nails that will last longer than any manicure you've had in the past, making the technique particularly perfect for busy brides-to-be.
The dip powder process takes the same amount of time as a gel manicure, but is significantly faster than getting a set of acrylic nails. Brands like OPI and Kiara Sky are popular among salons, but if you're up for trying the trend at home, you can totally DIY. Ulta shoppers gave Red Carpet Manicure Color Dip Start Kit ($35) some of the best reviews among at-home kits. Either way, the quest for a gorgeous, long-lasting manicure could soon be coming to an end, thanks to this ring-selfie-friendly nail trend.