How to DIY Awesome Bubble Bath Nail Art

Oh My Gel
by Oh My Gel
6 Materials
15 Minutes

Recently, I’ve seen an awesome bubble bath nails trend on Instagram, and I wanted to try it for myself.

Essentially this technique is done by mixing water and soap and creating bubbles. I’ve never tried out these bubble nails before so I’m excited to give it a go. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Soap
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Spatula
  • UV nail lamp
  • Alcohol wipe
Painted nails

1. Make bubbles

Make some bubbles by mixing water and soap.

2. Paint nail and apply top coat

Starting with one nail, paint your nail however you like, you could paint it with just one color or with multiple colors.

Then put on a clear no-wipe top coat just on the area where you want the bubbles to be. 

Bubbles on nails

3. Put bubbles on

But before you cure the clear coat or leave it to dry naturally, pick up some bubbles with a nail spatula and place them on top of where you put the top coat.

You don't want to press them down but rather just leave them as they are on top of your nail.

Curing nails

4. Cure your nail

With the bubbles still on your nail, put them under the UV nail lamp. Cure them for the same amount of time that you’d regularly cure your nails.

When I came across this technique, my first question was: If you're putting on the clear coat, and then the bubbles on top, the bubbles are going to start separating the clear coat?

Does that mean that the color underneath isn't going to be protected anymore? Does it separate all the way through?

When I tried the technique out, I was really happy to see that that wasn't the case. The nails are still shiny even with the bubbles on top, so all of it is completely sealed in and cured.

Wiping nail

5. Wipe your nail

Wipe your nail with an alcohol wipe to get rid of the bubbles and any other stickiness.

Apply top coat

6. Put the rest of the top coat on

Now put a top coat on the rest of your nails.

Bubbles on nails

7. Repeat

Repeat the process on the rest of your nails. You can either position the bubbles in the same place or in a different place on your other nails.

Moon bubble look

Moon bubble look

Now I want to show you a cuttle little idea I had for what you can do with this bubble technique. On this nail, I’ve painted a moon. 

Moon bubble look

I’m going to go around the edge of it with a top coat. Then place bubbles on the moon, cure it and wipe away any excess. 

Moon bubble look

This looks super cool.

Iridescent bubble look

Iridescent bubble look

I also wanted to try this look with some iridescent polish. I first put some powdered glitter over the top of the polish to make it even shinier. 

Iridescent bubble look

Then I applied the bubble technique all over the nail.

Bubble nail designs

Bubble bath nails

I think that this bubble effect looks really awesome, I’m digging this look. I think that it looks a bit sci-fi and really unique.

As I’ve shown you, there are lots of different ways that you can create this bubble look. 

Which bubble nail design is your favorite? Let a comment down below!

Suggested materials:
  • Soap
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
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