Have you ever wondered whether you can put gel polish over builder gel? The short answer is yes you can; however, there are some factors and tips to consider for the best outcome. Let's examine the question in more detail before we dive in. When applying gel polish over builder gel, the type of builder gel and type of gel polish can affect the outcome. For example, some brands may not adhere well to one another if they are from different companies, especially if you are putting a cheaper, thinner gel polish, on top of a high-quality builder gel, for instance.
Factors to consider before your start
If you want to apply gel polish on top of builder gel it is important to consider what kind of builder gel you are using. If you are using a hard, builder gel this will require more preparation than if you were using a flexible or softer builder gel. You should also consider what type of gel polish you plan to use on top of the builder gel. For best results, we recommend that you use the same brand for both the builder and polish, so Glitterbels - of course! You should also consider how you are applying the gel polish to the builder gel nails. For example, if you are using a nail dehydrator or a lint-free wipe to clean the nails before applying the polish, this will also affect the outcome.
What should you expect?
When applying gel polish over builder gel there can be various outcomes; depending on how you apply the gel polish. What does success look like? If you have followed the right steps, used the correct products and applied the gel polish correctly, then you should expect a long-lasting manicure that will last for weeks without any chipping or peeling. However, if you have not taken the proper steps before application then there can be some damage to your nails such as cracking or the premature lifting of the builder gel and gel polish.
Tips for applying gel polish over builder gel
So, before we list our tips our key recommendation is you ask a professional nail technician to apply your gel polish over your builder gel. Before you begin proper preparation of the nails is key Make sure you remove any dust, oils and debris from the nail surface before applying your gel polish. You should also roughen the surface of the nails with a buffer to help the polish adhere better to your nails. Use only high-quality products like Glitterbels for the best results. Finally, follow the proper application technique - which will vary depending on the brand - to ensure your manicure will last as long as possible.
Now you are armed with all the information you need to know about applying gel polish over builder gel. As always, we recommend seeking professional advice if you are unsure of the best application technique and products for your needs. So in summary, yes you can apply gel polish over builder gel - just make sure you follow the right steps for a beautiful and long-lasting manicure. And if you are keen to learn more about applying builder gel or gel polish, head on over to our training section.