Bubbling is the worst, most annoying problem when applying nail polish. Other nail polish mistakes such as smudges, can be easily fixed, but once those ugly bubbles start to appear, there is no getting rid of them. The only remedy is preventing them from appearing in the first place, but, because their cause isn’t clear, that’s not easy to do. Still, there are a few things that I noticed help keep my nail polish bubble-free. Here they are:
Don’t shake the bottle: although there may be times when your nail polish bottle needs a good shake, it’s always best not to do it right before application. Instead, roll the bottle between the palms of your hands. This is said to reduce the chance of bubble forming inside the polish.
Keep nails clean: dirt, oils and even excess moisture can interfere with nail polish application and cause those horrible bubbles to form. So, before applying nail polish, always make sure that your hands and nails are nice and clean. I like to use white vinegar to wipe my nails because it cleans them well without leaving any residue behind.
Use thin coats: use thin coats and wait for the polish to be completely dry before applying the next layer. If the layers are too thick, those annoying bubbles can appear and ruin your manicure.
Keep away from air drafts: when you apply nail polish, don’t sit in a draft. Even if the weather is hot, close the windows and turn off the fan. This will help prevent air bubbles.
Change your products: if you’ve tried all the tips above but with no avail, then you may be using a nail polish, a top coat, or a base coat that’s prone to bubbling. In that case, you should just switch to different products.
Do you know any other tips to prevent bubbling?