bubbles in nail polish

Bubbles in nail polish are one of the worst nightmares of any manicurist, not only do they ugly the final result of the manicure, but they can put the reputation of the professional who has done it in question. In a professional manicure center, the nail polish must be perfect.

That is why today we bring you 7 reasons why this bubble effect can occur in enamel and how to avoid it.


REMOVE DEBRIS FROM THE NAILbubbles in nail polish

The fact that there are oil, grease, or cream residues on the nail when the nail polish begins is one of the main reasons why those unsightly bubbles are produced that spoil the nail since the grease reacts with the nail polish.

Sometimes the rush can play tricks on us and, before enameling, we skip the step of cleaning the nail well with a degreasing product that precisely what it does is remove these residues and prepare the nail for the next step.

It is important to use a specific and professional product that cleans and degreases the nail well without damaging it and lets it dry before starting with makeup.


Proper polish removal is more important than it sounds. The correct way to do this is by placing it between your two hands and rolling it from front to back. We should never shake it from top to bottom and with force because this way we will create air inside and we will spoil the enamel.

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TEMPERATURE CONTROLbubbles in nail polish

In any manicure center, temperature control is very important for the care of the products. The same thing happens with enamel, if the outside temperature is too warm, the enamel thickens and spoils. Nor should the temperature be too cold, so it should never be stored in the refrigerator. It is best to keep our enamels away from light, stored in a place at room temperature, and, in any case, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding their conservation.


Sometimes we think that by using a lot of products the end result will be better but the truth is that it is not. Do not use a lot of enamel, in fact, it is important to remove the excess product from the brush before applying it and spread a thin layer. It is also important that before applying the second coat, the first coat has dried perfectly because if the second coat is applied too quickly, small air blisters are likely to occur.


If we want professional results, we must use professional products of the best quality and perform each step correctly. The base not only protects the nail, but it also facilitates the application of the polish, so the result will be better and we will avoid defects such as the aforementioned bubbles.

Additionally, it is best to use all the products (base, enamel, top) from the same manufacturer since, otherwise, it could happen that some component reacts chemically with that of another product and the results are not adequate.


Long brush strokes when applying the polish reduce the possibility of air remaining between the polish and the nail, preventing the formation of pockets.


All nail products, polishes, bases, etc. have a shelf life. When they are no longer in good condition, they do not work in the same way and we must replace them with new products. We should never, for example, dilute an enamel that has been thickened by adding a few drops of nail polish remover. Not only does it not work, but it can also cause damage to our client’s nails.

We hope these tips have been helpful to you, if so, feel free to share.

By Ronney