November 28, 2019

Sapphire Scales

Gel Bubble Nails

I'm hopping on the gel bubble/scale mani bandwagon. This design looks really cool and is surprisingly simple to do.

Lights, Camera, Dance! is a dark teal shimmer from the Disco Nights, Festive Lights Holiday 2019 collection by Artistic Nail Design. The shimmer is subtle under indoor lighting, but really glitters in the sunlight, and it's perfect for these dragon inspired nails.

Polish Used:
  • Artistic Colour Gloss - Lights, Camera, Dance!
  • Base coat
  • No-wipe gel top coat
Other Supplies:
  • Chrome powder
  • UV/LED lamp
  • Soapy water

I opted for the textured surface in this mani, which makes the scales pop. But it also feels rough and sandpaper-like. I tried a couple different chrome powders, so the pictorials are with the red powder. To create this look:
  1. Apply the base color with Lights, Camera, Dance!
    Blue Shimmer Nails
  2. Apply a layer of no-wipe gel top coat and cure.
  3. Add chrome powder to the side of each nail, in an irregular pattern.
  4. Working one nail at a time, apply a layer of no-wipe gel top coat, and cover the nail with soap bubbles. I used an orange stick to lay the bubbles on the nail surface. Cure, and then rinse off the bubbles.
    Bubble Scale Nails
Keep in mind that the size of the bubbles will affect the scale pattern.
Dragon Nails

Scale Nails

Gel Bubble Nails

Scale Nails


  1. This is an interesting technique and love the finished mani. Both are gorgeous <3

  2. Both meters and feet are common units of length used in many mathematical statistics. An understanding of each unit of measurement will help one appreciate the application of converting one unit to the other. cm to inches


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