how do i get rid of these bubbles?!

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Registered: 04-15-2003
how do i get rid of these bubbles?!
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 9:20pm
I have great nails and do good self-manicures except for one thing. I get these little bubbles on my nails when I polish them. Not all the time, and not on all the nails, but it's a pretty consistent problem. What am I doing to cause this? They're like little tiny bumps, like air bubbles got trapped in the polish or something--sometimes just a few on a nail, sometimes all over the nail. Help!
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 10:07pm
Hi ya Hada19!

Are you polishing your nails under a ceiling fan? Or in a draft?

That may be the problem......


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 7:53am
or perhaps shaking the nail polish bottle...

it's been suggested here a million times (and yet I still fall to shaking the bottle myself) that you turn the bottle upside down and roll it between your hands instead of shaking it. That should reduce the amount of air bubbles.

However... Avon, in their infinite wisdom, makes squarish bottles so this is difficult since i'm an Avon nailwear junkie.

hope that helps!

-= Tara =-

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Registered: 04-04-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 8:22am
one thing i have learned from having my nails done for years, roll the bottle between your hands before you start, do not shake the bottle.
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Registered: 03-20-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 9:09am
Hello HADA19! And Welcome to the board! Your question has gotten some great responses so far.

I would also like to add that your nails need to be totally clean of any oil or lotion before you apply your polish as well. Use polish remover or you can also wash you hands and nails in soapy water to remove any residue.

Try all of the suggestions mentioned. I bet those bubbles won't be there next time you polish your nails.

Good Luck and please post back and let us know if our suggestions did the trick!


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 9:21am
What type polish are you useing? Do you use a BASE COAT first? Sometimes if that BASE COAT is not all the way dry - then you get bubbles. Try to do a THINNER coat of polish and maybe an EXTRA layer - jus thinner. I have that with SOME polishes I use - and have to apply them THINNLY and and extra coat!