Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Guest Post: Bubble Mani Pictorial from Casey Lane Loves Polish

A few weeks ago, we had a really difficult task for Twinsie Tuesday: to create a bubble manicure.  I hadn't the foggiest what that would mean and I cheated my way through it by swatching a Zoya Bubbly Collection skittle.  Casey of Casey Lane Loves Polish, however, managed to create an absolutely breathtaking manicure that fit the theme to a T.  I had to have her do a pictorial for my blog, since God help us, I sure as hell wasn't going to be able to do it.  

A huge thank you to Casey for putting this amazing post together.  It's truly fantastic!

Hello everyone! My name is Casey and I am from (IG @caseylanelovespolish).  Amanda asked me to do a tutorial for some bubble nails I did a couple of weeks ago for Twinsie Tuesday.  I was so floored that she asked me to do something like this!  This is my first pictorial, so please bear with me.  I learned this technique from various posts and videos on YouTube, this is just my version of what works best for me. To see my original post, click here.

First get your tools ready, this is what you’ll need.

 A base color painted on your nails, fully dry. For this mani I used 3 thin coats of Zoya Rebel. When I do nail art like this I usually paint them the night before, or I will paint them and add a quick dry topcoat and wait 30 minutes – 1 hour. You want your nails to be dry, if you don’t like the bubbles you get you can wash them off with soap and water.  (Best part about working with acrylic paints for nail art!)

You will also need acrylic paint, some dotting tools (I prefer large, you can also use a bobby pin or the handle end of a paintbrush if you don’t have dotting tools). You will also need a container to hold your paint and water, and Q-Tips.

First step, mix acrylic paint and water. You want your mixture to be at least 50/50, if not a little more water than paint. There is some trial and error with this, you’ll need to test and see what works best for you. You want it to be watery enough that the Q-Tips soak up the excess, but not so thin that it runs on your nail.

Once you have your paint and water mixed, take your large dotting tool and put a few dots on your nail.

Let these dots dry for 10-15 seconds, again this takes a little trial and error. You want the outer edge to dry but not the inside of the dot.

After the dots have set for a few seconds take a dry Q-Tip and gently touch the wet paint/water on your dot. It will magically soak up the center, but leave the outer edge dry on your nail.

Let those dots dry; if you feel like your bubbles are too opaque you can dip your Q-Tip in a little water and wipe off some polish.

Next, add more dots. The weird thing about working with these is that the paint tends to run w/ the previous dots but that’s ok, it creates a more natural bubble look. :)

Repeat step 2 on these dots. Keep repeating the process until you get something you are happy with. I like to layer the dots, get some perfect circles, some misshapen, varying colors, etc.

This is after I have all of my bubbles down and they are dry. As you can see they look pretty stark, and really kind of awful. But that’s ok, topcoat works magic on these babies.

Next step (obviously) is topcoat! This is the finished mani, see what the topcoat does? It kind of turns down the acrylic a few notches so it’s not so start, giving it a blended/dreamy look. Never give up on nail art until you’ve seen it after topcoat, it usually makes a world of difference!

And there you have it! It’s not very difficult, and it’s perfect for people like me who aren’t always that great with precision work.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Amanda thank you again for this opportunity!
Have a great day!


Oh I almost forgot, some macros for good measure. (And because I love macros!)


Amazingness.  'Nough said.


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  1. Thank you so much for asking me to do this!!!! I loved doing my first tutorial! :)

  2. That mani is so cool! What a unique and inventive idea!

  3. And the execution is flawless!

  4. This is such a creative way to get a unique mani! Thank you for taking the great photos of your procedure and explaining it so thoroughly. I think that look will be great for summer.

  5. So this is how it's done! I love it! Great pictorial, @caseylanelovespolish!

  6. Thanks very much for sharing this interesting technique. I like the look a lot!