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How to Apply Builder Gel Like a Pro

Applying builder gel perfectly can give you strong, healthy nails that are perfect for any occasion. Builder gel is a type of nail product made of monomer and polymer components to create a long-lasting and durable coating that adds strength and durability to your natural nails. It can also be used as an alternative to acrylics or gels if you want a lighter and more natural-looking nail. So, how do you apply builder gel like a pro? Keep reading and we'll let you know...

First up let's explore what builder gel actually is and when it first appeared on the market. Builder gel is an artificial nail product developed to give people with weak, thin, or brittle nails a stronger and more durable alternative. It does this by using a monomer and polymer combination to provide the nails with a protective coating that can last for up to four weeks when applied correctly.  When builder gel first appeared is open to debate. Gel polishes first appeared in the late 80's but didn't start to be used extensively until the late 90's. The builder gel formula has been updated over the years but it still remains a popular choice for those who don’t have time to get regular manicures.

So why should people look into using builder gel?

Well, it’s great for people whose nails are prone to breakage or who bite their nails as the builder gel provides a protective coating that helps strengthen and protect. It also works well for those who like to wear their nails longer as the product can be applied with precision and applied in thin layers which help create a natural-looking nail shape.

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How to apply builder gel like a pro:

  • The first step is to prepare your nails by gently filing them down, removing any existing product, and cleaning the nail surface with alcohol or acetone. For the best results, use a fine-grit file and buff away any irregularities.
  • Apply a thin layer of the Glitterbels Dehydrator, followed by our Acid-Free Primer. This will take the nail back to it's natural pH. Once both of these steps have been done, apply a layer of basecoat and cure for 60 seconds.
  • Next, apply a thin layer of builder gel on each nail using a thin brush or spatula. Start at the cuticle and work towards the tips of your nails, taking care to ensure that the builder gel is applied evenly without any air bubbles.
  • Cure each finger under an LED or UV lamp for 60 seconds per nail.
  • Once cured, use a buffer to gently remove the tacky layer of builder gel and create a smooth surface.
  • Finally, use cuticle oil to nourish the nails and finish off with your favourite topcoat for a glossy shine.

If you would like to see how Aimee does it check out her YouTube tutorial on how to use builder gel here

Are Builder Gel Nails Stronger?

Builder gel is a great way to add strength and durability to weak or brittle nails. When applied correctly, the monomer and polymer combination forms an incredibly strong bond between the nail and builder gel, making it more difficult for your natural nails to break or chip.

Is Builder Gel Good For Your Nails?

Yes, builder gel is good for your nails when applied correctly. The protective coating helps keep moisture in and prevents your natural nails from drying out. Additionally, the product can be applied with precision which allows you to create a more natural-looking nail shape without the need for acrylics or gels.

Can people have an allergic reaction to builder gel?

Yes, builder gel can cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you’re unsure whether you may be sensitive to the product, it’s best to do a patch test before using it on your nails. Additionally, if at any time during the application process, you experience discomfort or irritation, immediately remove and wash the builder gel off your nails

Is Builder Gel the Same as Polygel?

No, builder gel and polygel are not the same product. Builder gel is made of a monomer and polymer combination that helps create a protective coating on the natural nails. In contrast, polygel is a hybrid of both acrylic and gel which offers more flexibility and is ideal for sculpting purposes.

Is Builder Gel the Same as BaseCoat?

No, builder gel is not the same as a basecoat. The primary purpose of a basecoat is to provide your nails with a protective layer before applying nail polish. On the other hand, builder gel can be used on its own.

Is builder gel good for your nails?

Yes, builder gel is good for your nails when applied correctly. As mentioned above, the monomer and polymer combination helps create a protective coating on the natural nails which keeps moisture in and prevents them from drying out. Additionally, it can be applied with precision which allows you to create a more natural-looking nail shape without the need for acrylics.

By following these steps, you can achieve professional-looking results with builder gel every time! With regular use and proper care, your builder gel nails will look amazing and last for weeks. If you are interested in learning more about builder gel or any other of our range of products did you know that we have a range of fantastic nail tech courses available either online or in person over on our training section? Our educators are an award-winning team and all of our nail courses are accredited by ABT.