Bubbles trapped in nail polish cause problems like smudges, imperfection. It could be even hard to tell if there is a bubble in nail polish until the nails are dry. Bubbles could occur in any nail polish including the most expensive ones; reason being, oil or moisture in the polish or even moisture in the ambient air. Here are some ways to help you avoid them so as to have a smooth finishing of your nail polish:
• Cleaning nails
It is advisable to clean your nails with warm water and soap in order to remove oil and moisture from the hands and nails before application of nail polish. Oil and moisture if present on nails they could be slightly acidic that could mix up with nail polish to cause problem.
• Add coating
Coat the clean nails with white vinegar as it is a natural, safe, oil-busting acid that eliminates residue.
• Dry your nails well
Ensure nails are completely dry including the nearby skin folds which may still be moist. Dry it until 10 minutes before polishing the nails.
• Shut the windows and switch off the fan
Create a stable environment whilst applying the nail polish as moving air, especially when moist, can affect your nail polish.
• Inspect the polish
Old, gloppy polish doesn’t give a smooth finishing. Do a quick swipe on the test nail to ensure it has a smooth flow.
• Roll the bottle
To blend the contents, roll the polish bottle instead of shaking it.
• Secure the cap
Don’t forget to tighten the bottle cap securely to prevent it from drying.
• Watch out for excess oil and perspiration
Make sure you stay dry especially during hot days so that your hands don’t perspire. You could do your nails in the evening.
• Use a cover up
If at all bubble still occurs, you could conceal it using a top coat instead of starting over from the scratch. That extra layer and enhanced sheen reduces the appearance of bubble and may even add some pressure to flatten it out. Alternative to top coat product is adding additional layers of the polish.
• Thin out
Cluster of tiny bubbles can be smoothed with polish thinner. Brush them out from the cuticle to the nail tip with a continuous swipe and let it dry. Reapply polish to the treated spot.
If everything fails, cover the large, persistent bubble with a nail decor, sticker or a jewel.