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Foam (bubble) manicure

2020 trendy design idea

STALEKS Journalist.
I write about the beauty industry, collect information, and share trends. I manage an interview column on the STALEKS YouTube channel.

Attention, the hot news!

We do not want to tighten and hide such a cool novelty in the world of manicure – foam design! Yes, you read it right: using ordinary improvised material (shaving foam, soap foam, bubbles) you can recreate an interesting and unusual effect.

Often in the Internet you can read an alternative name for such a design – bubble manicure.  You can ask: But how so? Everyone is already used to the fact that the bubble is glued balls on nails.  Well, the only difference is that for foam manicure, bubbles are a tool with which the nail technician leaves marks on gel polish like mini craters. And in bubble manicure, the balls are convex and large, and here not with help of them make the design, but they themselves are part of the design.

I hope we haven’t confused you even more ☺ For convenience, we will use the name “foam manicure”. Well, let’s have a foam party?


Sea of foamy ideas

The peculiarity of manicure foam is in a numerous variety of interesting textures that can be recreated. See here:


  • The effect of a chocolate bar with bubbles on a dark brown gel polish. 

  • The effect of the craters of the moon. It will turn out if you cover the finished design with a matte top.

  • The effect of snakeskin. It can be achieved if combined with a chameleon glitter powder.

  • The honeycomb effect is an interesting fall season design!

  • The effect of thin lace.

It turns out, just one application of foam – and such a limitless platform for imagination. Do it?


What do we need for a foam manicure?

And where does any manicure begin? With the preparation of nails and cuticles. For this, we, cool nail stylists, will need only a professional tool. It will withstand all the agony of sterilization and disinfection, will not lose its appearance and will look great in a set.

Admit it; the client will be impressed by perfectly polished, a sharp beautiful instrument with an engraving.  And how pleasant and convenient it is for them to use – they cannot be described in any words.

So, firstly, we are preparing a tool and a workplace.Everything should be at hand: both tools and materials. We will need:

  1. Nail nippers;
  2. Nippers and scissors for cuticles;
  3. Pusher;
  4. Nail file with disposable abrasive.. Disposable abrasive files can be stored both in a box and in a convenient “donut” container, which is more familiar and better to anyone;
  5. Napkins, towels;
  6. Hand antiseptic;
  7. Hand bath with warm water or cuticle softener;
  8. Gloves (disposable – for each client!);
  9. A set of polishes and a palette so that a person can choose a color at the stage of hygienic manicure. It’s good if your place is equipped and there is a shelf next to the table where there are polishes  – you won’t have to look for them for a long time. Otherwise, make sure everything is ready for the arrival of the client.
  10. Sponge, “Fairy” type detergent (soap or shampoo are also suitable).
  11. Hand cream or oil.


Preparing nails and cuticles

So, with the tools sorted out. Time to move on to the fun part! The easiest way to soften and remove the cuticle with a classic manicure is to hold your hands in a special solution. If you, as a nail stylist, make a manicure for the client in a combined technique (hardware + cutting), then you cannot soak the cuticle – you need to work with the nail drill bit on dry skin.

Consider the process in stages:

  • We treat the hands with a disinfectant.
  • We work first with the nails. Remove the old coating, if necessary – cut the nail plate with nippers, shorten to the required length.

  • We shape the nails.To do this, use the “magic wand” – a metal base for the file. We stick a disposable abrasive on it, after evaluating the condition of the client’s nails. If the nails are brittle and soft – take an abrasive of 240 grit, if strong – 180 grit. An abrasive of 100 grit is suitable for filling artificial nails.  You can use a pack with replaceable files, you can get an abrasive from a cool donut container – it contains as many as 100 replaceable files (8 meters of tape!) 

  • We are going further. Now proceed to the cuticle and the skin around the nail plate. As mentioned earlier, hands should be held for 5-10 minutes in a solution of warm water with oil. When the cuticle softens, you need to push it with a special stick or manicure pusher. After – cut it with scissors or nippers for the skin.


If you are used to working with the device, immediately after working with the nails, proceed to the treatment of the skin. With a nail drill bit, you can treat the skin around the nail walls, remove burrs. But to cut the cuticle, you still need a tool – it’s convenient for them to penetrate the sinus zones and achieve the perfect result. A softener will help soften the cuticle.

Getting to the manicure with foam

  1. Apply the base. The first layer is thinly primed with transparent gel polish, and the second is fixed and aligned. Warm each layer in the lamp for 40-60 seconds.
  2. We cover the nails with colored gel polish.
  3. Apply a top without a sticky layer. Dry in the lamp for 30 seconds.
  4. Then, on a  not cooled top, apply any glitter powder.  Color “chameleon” – if you want to recreate the effect of squama, “gradient” – for beautiful overflows and manicure a la frozen lava or the surface of the moon. We are experimenting!
  5. We use a nail file on the ends of the nail, remove the remainings of glitter powder from the sinuses using a cotton swab with cleanser.
  6. Apply the top with a sticky layer, seal the ends. Dry in the lamp for 60 seconds.
  7. Now we make foam! We put a few drops of detergent and water on a sponge, whip the foam.
  8. Without wiping out the sticky layer from the nail, apply a top without the sticky layer, and foam on it.  Dry for 60 seconds in the lamp. By the way, the second top should be applied indented a millimeter from the edges – so that the effect is more aesthetic and that the top itself does not flow out.

Voila! If after applying the foam there are spiky “spikes” left from the top, they can be removed with nippers or a soft abrasive buff.

Another advantage of this foam manicure is that the design looks cool on nails of any length. Try it and offer it to clients. This trend will not go unnoticed!

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