DIY: Gelish Nail Stylist Shows How to Create the Bubble Effect Mani
Posted Friday September 27, 2013 12:12 PM GMT
We’re suckers for a chic statement manicure. But, as nail art trends become more mainstream, it’s hard to find a treatment that’s as eye catching as it is original. Until now …
Danielle Candido, nail stylist for Gelish Nail Polish, showed us a lacquered look unlike any we’ve ever seen before. The DIY-worthy procedure, dubbed the Bubble Effect, is easy to do at home, and will leave your tips looking professional grade!
Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to create the look or watch the video above!
What you’ll need:
- Tiny sponge
- White nail polish
- 3 - 4 Neon polishes
- A navy or black nail polish hue
- Gelish LED lamp
- Orange stick
- Dotting tool
- Top It Off
- Paint the entire base of the nail white. “When you work with neon pigments, their color is a little more transparent — so it’s important to back everything with white,” says Candido. “It’ll give it a good pop.”
- Take a paper plate or piece of paper, and pour a small amount of each neon polish onto its surface. This will make the product easy to pick up and apply with the sponge.
- Grab the tiny sponge with your tweezers. Then, dip into the neon colors and dab onto your nail randomly. Candido suggests you blot to remove excess polish before placing polish onto your nails. It will help to keep large blobs of product at bay.
- Once your nail is completely covered with the stark hues, use the orangewood stick to clear off any polish that leaked onto your skin.
- Then, put your hand under an LED lamp to cure for 45 seconds.
- Once dry, pant a very thin coat of the dark lacquer onto your nail.
- Before you place your nail underneath the LED light again, take your dotting tool and place tiny drops of Top It Off onto the surface. Note: The longer you wait to cure your nail under the light, the better the bubble effect will become.
- Place your hand under the LED light, again.
- When dry, paint a full layer of Top It Off onto your nail. Cure underneath the light again for 45 seconds and voila! You’re ready to rock your Gelish Bubble Mani!