How to Do DIY Bubble Nail Art 3 Different Ways

by Laurart
9 Materials
15 Minutes

If you’re looking for a way to switch up your normal nail looks, you have to try bubble nail art. It’s easier to do than you think, and it’s so cool and unique, you’re bound to get compliments.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to do bubble nail art with three different DIY bubble nail art methods and six different bubble nail art designs. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Gel polish 
  • Top coat
  • Straw
  • Soap
  • Nail art powder
  • Cuticle oil
  • UV/LED lamp
  • Acetone
  • Tissue

How to do bubble nail art with gel polish

Applying gel nail polish to a false nail

1. Apply the base

Apply the base color of your choice then cure for 30 seconds.

Applying blue gel nail polish

Apply a thin, second layer of gel polish. 

Making bubbles for the bubble nail art

2. Make bubbles

Now it's time to make some bubbles! I’m using a straw and some soap and water. You can also give the container a good shake. Whatever works best for you.

How to create bubble nail art designs

3. Apply and cure

Apply bubbles over wet gel polish and cure under a UV lamp. 

Removing the excess bubbles

4. Remove excess

Wipe off the excess bubbles.

Blue bubble nail art design

Here’s the finished design!

Bubble nail art tutorial

Here's a similar design using white gel polish.

How to do bubble nails with nail art powder and top coat

Applying a no-wipe top coat to the nail

1. Base coat and top coat

After your base coat, apply a no-wipe top coat and cure.

Applying nail art powder

2. Apply nail art powder

Apply nail art powder and rub it in with your brush or finger.

Applying a second layer of top coat

3. Top coat

Apply another layer of top coat.

How to do bubble nail art

4. Make the bubble nail art design

Apply bubbles and cure under a UV lamp for 30 seconds.

Wiping off the excess bubbles

Wipe off the excess bubbles.

Chrome DIY bubble nails

Here’s the finished design!

Holographic DIY bubble nails

Here's a similar design in blue

DIY bubble nails like dragon scales

Here's another with white.

How to do bubble nail art with top coat and cuticle oil

Mixing top coat and cuticle oil together

1. Mix

Mix top coat and cuticle oil.

Applying the mixture to the black base

2. Apply

Cover the black base with the mixture.

Adding a white design on top

3. Add white polish

Paint a smokey design with white polish a bit messily. 

Cleaning with acetone

4. Clean with acetone

Clean with acetone really well.

Applying a top coat

5. Top coat

You should see tiny bubbles in the design. Finish with a layer of top coat.

DIY nail art bubbles

Here’s the finished design! 

Bubble nail art tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this bubble nail art tutorial! Now that you know how to do bubble nail art, let me know down below which method you want to try.

Suggested materials:
  • Gel polish
  • Top coat
  • Straw
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  • Debra Debra on Mar 10, 2022

    Wow! They are all beautiful. I like the last one with black base and smoky white on top. Looks amazing!