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How to Prevent Nail Polish Bubbles in Just 3 Steps
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It’s Friday night and you’re a glass of wine in. You’ve got Friends queued up and you’re ready to paint your nails. Everything about this is relaxing...until you finish applying the top coat and see that your mani is speckled with tiny air bubbles. 

Ugh! Why does this happen? Bubbles typically surface during the drying process because of air getting trapped between layers of polish. It’s frustrating, we know, which is why we’ve put together some tried-and-true guidelines for getting the smoothest, bubble-free finish, every time.

Step 1: Always start with a clean slate—even if your nails are bare. Using polish remover, wipe your nails completely free of any oil or residue that could prevent polish from adhering properly.

Step 2: Paint in thin layers. This is key because thick coats of polish take longer to dry. Which brings us to our next point...

Step 3: Be patient! Make sure that the first coat of polish is completely dry before adding the second one. (We've found that three to five minutes between coats is the sweet spot.) If at all possible, avoid adding a third coat because that’s when things tend to get gloopy. Then, finish with a top coat and admire your handiwork.

By applying the polish in thinner coats and allowing them to fully dry in-between, we’ve finally eliminated the problem (and hopefully you do, too). Happy painting, y’all.

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