How to: Prevent Bubbling

Hi, girls! Today I wanted to talk about a topic, with which many nail polish addicts face now in summer (and sometimes also in other seasons) - bubbling. When I was writing a post about She collection Glitters&Neons, I had huge problems with bubbles (because of formula) and I thought, why not to write a post about this problem. Maybe some of you will find this post totally unnecessary, because you're aready familiar with facts, how to prevent bubbling, but I believe, that this post will help some of my readers. Especially, because I have some friends, who totally ignore these facts and do everything opposite (e.g. shaking polish). These pieces of advice, I'm going to write in this post, are from my personal experience with bubbling.

There can be a lot of reasons for bubbling: the heat (so try to paint your nails in the morning or evening, when it's not so hot), wetness, thick formula of polish, thick coats, oils, and dirtiness on your nails ...

  • Do not shake the bottle of your polish. 
If you'll shake a bottle before applying polish is possible that the polish will make bubbles. I have one friend that shakes every bottle,that she takes into her hands. That really frustrates me. Yes, some polishes do have a metal bead into them, but they have it so that they wouldn't get thick very fast. It's better if you roll a bottle between your hands. On the lower photo, you can see what happens if you shake a bottle (I used the top coat because it's transparent and it's a better example than coloured nail polish).

  • Don't use thick coats. 
I'm one of those people who prefer using thick coats because I rather use 2 thicker coats than 3 thin. Well, that isn't the best idea, especially now in summer because the heat influences on polish and it can bubble faster. If polish has a too thick formula, try to use thinner to make it more liquidy (Misslyn has a thinner in a white plastic packaging).
  • Don't use too thick coat of a top coat.
Another thing, I like to do. Especially, when the top coat it's going to its end and becomes thicker. Then I like to use thicker coats (especially over nail art because I don't want to smudge it) because it's hard to apply thin coats, and that can cause bubbling. The solution here is also a thinner. I tested it with fast drying top coat and it doesn't influence on drying time, so feel free to use it. Or buy a new top coat (which I always do, I never finish top coat till the last drop). :)
  • Wait for few minutes between coats for them to dry.
I think most of us do that when polishing nails, but I can be impatient sometimes and I don't wait long enough before applying the second coat. If first coat isn't dry enough that can also cause bubbles. This advice is connected with first advice. Don't use too thick coats. If you'll use thin coats they'll dry faster. And if you're using a fast drying top coat, your manicure will dry fast in the end.

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  • Wash your hands before applying a base coat.
Some of you will ask why because I know some bloggers use a hand cream, wait that it sinks into the skin and then they use a base coat. Well, I tried that and it didn't work for me because that always caused bubbles. Now I use my hand cream and also an oil on my cuticles, wait that they sink into the skin and then I go and wash my hands. That way I remove oils and dirt from them. Then I use a base coat. 
  • Find a base coat that will work for you.
You're probably thinking here what the hell is she saying. Well, every base coat doesn't work the same for every person. Last year I was using Essence 24/7 base coat, which was very praised in the blogosphere, but I had huge problems with it. It caused me bubbles with almost every manicure, so I never bought it again. The same goes with top coat. Maybe your top coat and base coat don't go along, so try to find a combination that will work for you,
  • Wait for your base coat to completely dry, before using a nail polish.
Usually, base coats dry fast, but again I'm saying from my personal experience that sometimes I didn't wait long enough for a base coat to dry and then my nail polish bubbled. Well, because I'm using fast drying top coat (which I honestly recommend you, if you don't use it yet), I can take few minutes more with a base coat. I usually wait for 15 minutes (then BC is certainly dry) or apply it one day before doing my manicure (if I paint my nails in the morning, I use a base coat in the evening).

An example of polish, that bubbled now in summer - here I used thicker coats of polish.

So, these are my advices what to do if you want to avoid bubbling. They work for me. If I forgot something, please, let me know how do you deal with bubbling. I hope you find this post useful. Thank you for reading!

40 komentarjev

  1. Meni pomaga to, kot si napisala, da si operem roke tik preden začnem z nanosom laka. V bistvu nimam kaj dodat na temo mehurčkov, si vse napisala =)
    Kar pa se tiče nadlaka, ki ostaja v 3/4 praznih flaškah, ko zberem dve enaki skoraj izpraznjeni flaški, zlijem enega v drugega, pa lahko uporabljam normalno naprej. Grozno mi gre na živce, če moraš vsakič pred nanosom flaško zapret, da lahko dobiš kaj na čopič... ;)

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    1. Meni je pranje rok nekako najpomembnejše.
      Jaz sem včasih tudi to delala z nadlaki, ampak potem moram vedno uporabiti veliko thinnerja, ker je drugače pregost, pa sem se naveličala. To z zapiranjem flaške, da dobiš nadlak na čopič, gre meni tudi izjemno na živce.

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  2. Hehe, mene tudi kdaj pa kdaj prime da bi dobro pretresla kakšen lak in včasih to tudi naredim :/ Uporabna objava.

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    1. Jaz ga pretresem samo, če se loči in se zgoraj pojavi olje (ali kaj je že tista prozorna tekočina), ampak potem ga ne uporabim takoj. Drugače ga pa raje ne tresem, ker se potem pojavijo mehurčki.

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  3. se popolnoma strinjam z vsem napisanim.zal pa se najdem v preveč točkah,čeprav vem da ni dobro:)

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    1. Saj kot sem napisala, zame tudi drži neupoštevanje nekaterih točk. Upam pa, da bo post v pomoč tistim, ki imajo probleme z mehurčki, in ne vedo, kaj je narobe in kako se jih rešiti.:)

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  4. Super nasveti. Drugače pa sama tudi raje nanašam debelejše sloje laka kot pa 3 tanjše :D

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    1. Hvala. :) Včasih se res mudi in je lažje nanesti dva debelejša kot 3 tanjše. :)

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  5. Joj ti dosadni mjehurići, baš živciraju :/
    Hvala ti puno na ovom postu, došao je ko naručen! :)
    Koji base coat preporučaš?

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    1. Me veseli. :)
      Meni je bil do sedaj najboljši Essence Nail Art base coat, ampak so zamenjali stekleničko (mogoče tudi formulo) in od takrat ga nisem kupila, tako da ti ne morem zagotoviti, da bo nov isto dober. Všeč mi je bil tudi Eveline 8in1 Total Action, ampak sem ga nehala uporabljati, ker so se mi zaradi njega začeli vihati nohti.

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  6. Great post! Last summer I got a lot of bubbles in my nails, and I googled like crazy.
    Then I learned some things, but today I've another things that were new for me.
    So, thanks for this post :-)

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    1. Thank you. :)
      These advices are from my own experience, I had a lot problems with bubbles too. There can be many reasons. I hope, it helped you and you won't have problems with them anymore. :D

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  7. Yesterday I wanted to ask you that on Twitter but something interrupted me and than I forgot. I was wondering why sometimes I have bubbles yes... and I would say I'm impatient and hurry too much. Is it possible that open widow can cause bubbling to? A friend said once that it's best if you have your window closed when you're doing manicure and that it's not good that you're doing your manicure outside. I tought this is a bit silly thing to say but honestly I don't know? What do u think?

    Btw. Really cool helpful post!

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    1. To, da lakiranje nohtov zunaj ni najboljša ideja, drži zdaj poleti, ker vročina zelo vpliva na nastajanje mehurčkov, si jih pa jaz včasih, ko so nižje temperature, tudi lakiram zunaj in takrat se mi zdi, da niti nimam nekih problemov z mehurčkanjem. No, saj če imaš doma kako senco, kjer je prijetno in vročina ne udarja preveč, potem po moje tudi ne bi smelo biti problema.
      Mislim, da prepih vpliva na to, da se pojavijo mehurčki. Drugače pa si jaz tudi vedno lakiram nohte pri odprtem oknu na kiper, ampak če ni prepiha, se mi zdi, da ne vpliva na nastajanje mehurčkov, vsaj take so moje izkušnje.

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  8. Odlični nasveti :) Pretresanje laka res zelo vpliva na mehurčke, ne vem zakaj pri Barry m vedno piše, da bi moral pretresti pred uporabo

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    1. Kakor opažam, več znamk priporoča tresenje stekleničke pred uporabo. Mogoče se ne zavedajo, da to povzroča mehurčke.

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  9. what a great post! i have been having bubble issues!

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    1. Thank you. I hope, this helped you. :)

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  10. Nemam problema bas s mjehuricima, ali ja uglavnom i izbjegavam sve ove stvari, vise volim tanke slojeve, ne muckam i uvijek su mi cisti nokti prije lakiranja jer tako se i produljuje trajnost :)

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    1. Super. Saj jaz jih tudi nimam na srečo več tako kot včasih, sem pa mislila, da bo post komu kristil. :)

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  11. Veoma koristan post. Od kad sam prestala da muckam bocice, nemam vise tih problema. Sad ih samo malo provrtim u rukama levo-desno i sve je u redu. A isto kao i ti, bazu nanosim dosta ranije, pola dana ili nekoliko sati, da se dobro osusi.

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    1. Hvala. :)
      Prenehanje tresenja stekleničke res veliko prinese k temu, da se preneha mehurčkanje. :D

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  12. I hate bubbles. There is nothing worse than you spend your time to make nail art and small stupid bubbles come and they break it. Grr... And I do all what you recommend but sometimes nail polish does it itself. Mainly if it isn´t enough liquid :( Stupid, stupid bubbles... I like them only in Coca Cola :D

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    1. I know, right! If formula of polish is too thick, it can used bubbles. And with these polishes is hard to apply thin coats. So yes, thinner is a solution. :)

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  13. meni se čini da je vrućina kriva za sve, to mi se nikad ne desi zimi ;)

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    1. Vročina je res največ kriva zdaj poleti, ampak tudi debeli sloji lahko povzročijo mehurčkanje, kar se lahko zgodi tudi pozimi. ;)

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  14. odličan post, mjehurići su problem s kojim se susrela svaka blogerica....
    Čitala sam post sve dok nisam naletila na 'Ain't nobody got time for that' sliku, onda sam zapjevala...I said ou lord Jesus it's a fire.... :D

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    1. Hvala. :) Mislim, da tole res drži. :D
      Haha, so nastali zanimivi miksi iz tega. :D

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  15. Great post! Not waiting long enough is often my problem :)

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    1. Thank you. Well, sometimes you just don't have enought time, it happens to me too.

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  16. Super objava, ne vem če kaj bolj sovražim kot mehurčke, še posebej če se res potrudim z nanosom :( Meni jih običajno dela vročina ali pa, če ima lak gosto formulo in tanki sloji niso možni

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  17. Great post, thank you! Bubbling doesn't happen to me often, even though I can eat a piece of pizza between the coats sometimes :) I'm also a frantic "bottle-shaker", although I know that it creates bubbles, esp. in the base/top coat bottles... old habbit :)

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  18. Shake-am redovito, kriva sam :))) Al sam zato po svim drugim točkama dobra!

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  19. shaking nail polish.... argh!! great post. you touched upon all the great points to a bubble free mani. thank you! xx

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  20. Sve ovo i sama radim! Izvrstan post! Nažalost, ljeti često pozvjerim od mjehurića iako se držim svega ovoga! :D

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  21. great post, thank you very much! I definitely learned a thing or two (or three :-))
    xoxo
    Blusherine

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  22. Great post Taya!! I admit I'm a "thick coat" kind of nailgirl :) even if I know that thin coats will do better. I simply can't help overloading my brush (maybe because I have wide nails and know I can't cover them with a single stroke).

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  23. Super post! Mi bodo nasveti še prav prišli :)

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