If you’re a gel nail wearer, you’ve probably had the experience of bubbles appearing beneath your gel polish. Sometimes they appear after the first coat and sometimes they appear after the third coat. Either way, it’s annoying!
The good news is that it’s pretty easy to prevent bubbles from occurring and it’s easy to remove them once they do occur. Let me show you how in this post :).
My clients ask me all the time if it is possible to remove bubbles under gel nails. Gel nails are one of my favorite types of manicures as they tend to last longer than regular nail polish and they look super glossy and natural.
But every now and then I get a few tiny bubbles forming under my gel nails which can be really annoying. This happens either when I get my gel nails done at the salon or when I apply them at home with a kit.
I was wondering if there is any way to fix this problem or to remove bubbles beneath gel nails once they form. My friend recommended using a small needle but that sounds quite dangerous! Is there an easier solution?
This is a great question and one that many people have asked before so don’t worry, this happens all the time! Contrary to popular belief, gel nails are not fool
Hello! So, I’ve recently changed my nail shape from square to oval. I’m loving it, and I love the nude colors that I’m wearing. But tonight as I was taking a bath, I noticed that there were bubbles under the gel polish. I tried to squeeze them out but they wouldn’t budge. What do you all do for this? Does anyone know how to get rid of bubbles beneath gel nails?
Is there a way to prevent them so that they don’t happen again? Thanks in advance!
It’s a little known fact that bubbles within gel nails are actually caused by the person applying the gel. And this is because of their lack of knowledge on how to apply the product correctly.
So I thought it was about time I did a little post on how to avoid getting bubbles in your gel nails and what you can do if you do get them.
Dirt can easily be found under the nail plate, even after cleansing. If you don’t remove it before applying your base coat, it will cause bubbles to form. To remove dirt, use an orange stick to push back your cuticles and gently push the skin away from the nail plate, then wipe underneath with a lint free pad soaked in acetone or pure acetone (or whatever cleanser you use). Make sure you only use a small amount of cleanser so that it doesn’t go under your skin as this will cause irritation. You also need to make sure that you don’t touch underneath your nail plate too much as this will push more dirt and oil underneath it.
Another way that dirt can get under your nail is if you’re not putting enough base coat on. If there’s not enough base coat, air can become trapped between the nail plate and product which causes bubbles to form.
You just got your nails done and everything looks perfect. A few days later you notice tiny bubbles forming beneath the gel polish. What is going on? You probably have a bit of dust or oil under your gel polish that makes it look like you have hairline cracks.
This is how to avoid it from happening next time: Before applying the base coat, wipe the nail with a gel cleanser. If you get dust under the top coat, wipe the dust away with a lint-free wipe soaked in alcohol before curing. Don’t worry if you get some dust that does not come off because the top coat will cover it up. Afterwards, apply a second layer of top coat to seal everything in.
If it happens again, soak a lint-free wipe with alcohol and wipe away any dust or oil on your nails. Apply a layer of topcoat and cure.(the topcoat seals everything in) Wait for it to cool down and then apply another layer of topcoat.
If there are still tiny bubbles after doing this twice, then they are likely not dirt or oil but air bubbles that form while applying the polish.
To prevent air bubbles forming when applying the polish, swipe the brush gently against the edge of the bottle as you take out
I get asked a lot about the little bubbles you get in gel nail polish. I thought of sharing my knowledge on this with all of you.
First of all, it’s not your fault that you get these horrible bubbles. There are a couple of different reasons for them to appear:
– The gel is too thick and hasn’t been properly mixed/shaken.
– The gel isn’t cured long enough under the lamp after each layer
– It’s because of oil/moisture on your nails which causes the gel to react and bubble up.
– The gel is too old and has gone bad (this is why I recommend that you throw it away after 6 months)
You can avoid the bubbles by either making sure the gel has been shaken properly and is not too thick or by cleaning your nails with an alcohol wipe before applying the polish. This removes any oil/moisture from your nails so that the polish has nothing to react to.
If you’ve ever applied a gel polish, you know that it can be a bit tricky. You’ve probably even had this happen to you before: You’re applying the last coat of your flawless gel manicure, and all of a sudden, your polish starts bubbling. It’s as if the polish is trying to form a million tiny craters on your nails. And even after you cure them under the light, they still don’t look smooth. What gives?
We asked Lisa Jachno, the founder of popular gel manicure brand Gelish for her advice on what causes bubbles and what to do about them. Here’s what she had to say:
You get bubbles when something is between the gel and nail plate (i.e., dust or oil). The most common cause is touching the nail with fingers at any point during the process (i.e., cleaning up cuticles or pushing back cuticles). The solution is simple: Don’t touch the natural nail with your hands during application! If that doesn’t work, try using 99% alcohol before applying each layer of polish.
Frequently the gel will wrinkle and pull away from the nail plate during curing. Gel applied to a non-prep’d nail plate will not adhere. Also, if you don’t cure the gel long enough or use the wrong UV light, your gel will not cure properly. The gel feels dry and hard but it’s not cured all the way through and will lift. The best way to fix this is to start over with a new set of nails.
There are some things that you can do to help prevent bubbles forming in the first place:
1) Make sure the nails are completely clean – no oils, moisturizers, etc.
2) Apply the gel in thin layers – don’t glob it on because air particles will get trapped between layers of gel.
3) Use a good LED/UV light and make sure that it’s working properly and curing your gel.
4) Finally, make sure you’re using quality gel products that cure properly!
If you do get bubbles despite your best efforts, there are ways to get rid of them after they form:
1) If they are just a few small bubbles, you can pop them with a sterilized needle and then wipe off the excess product with alcohol on a lint-