The world of nails is fascinating. As seasons change, so do trends. But occasionally, a shift occurs that isn’t merely about fashion—it’s about health, durability, and the sheer joy of experimentation. This is where the Gel Movement, led by the likes of “The Gel Bottle” and its revolutionary BIAB (Builder Gel in a Bottle), comes into play.
Why the Shift from Acrylic to Builder Gel?
Acrylic nails have been a staple in the beauty industry for decades. They’re durable, customisable, and undeniably glamorous. But with the rise of the Builder Gel Movement, many are now finding a fresh alternative that’s gentler on the nails yet offers equal, if not better, durability.
Builder gel nails, using brands like The Gel Bottle, are lightweight, less damaging, and provide a natural look and feel. Their versatility is also a game-changer. From strengthening natural nails to creating length, builder gels are making waves.
Are you curious about how you can get on board and elevate your nail game right at home? Let’s dive in.
Tips to Experiment with Gel Nails at Home:
Choose Quality Products
For best results, it’s essential to invest in high-quality products.
Tip – We use The Gel Bottle when we do nails in Leicester, which is a brand available exclusively for qualified nail technicians but there are gels you can purchase on Amazon without qualifications, we recommend the Mylee range.
1. Equip Yourself with the Right Tools
To achieve salon-like results at home, arm yourself with the right tools. This includes a good quality UV or LED lamp, gel base coat, gel colour or BIAB, gel top coat, prep & wipe solution, nail files, and buffer blocks and a cuticle pusher.
2. Prep is Key
Before you start with any nail treatment, ensure your nails are clean and free from any old polish or residue. Push back your cuticles gently and buff the surface of your nails lightly. This will help the builder gel adhere better. Now is also a good time to create your desired shape with a soft file and then clean the natural nails with a prep and wipe solution.
3. Applying the base coat
Apply a thin even layer of the base coat, ensuring you dont go over the edges and that you completely cover the natural nail from cuticle to tip. Cure the base coat under the UV lamp for at least 30 seconds, curing time will depend on the manufacturing recommendations of the products you are using.
4. Apply Thin, Even Layers of gel colour
One of the secrets to flawless builder gel nails is the application. Start with a thin layer, cure it under the lamp, and then build it up slowly. This ensures even application and reduces the risk of bubbles or lumps. Most gel colours will require two coats to have full coverage.
5. Seal with a Top Coat
Once you’ve achieved the desired thickness and shape, seal your nails with a top coat. This will add an extra layer of shine and protect your nails from potential chips or scratches. If you are left with any rough edges, you can use a gentle buffing block to smooth the ends of the nail.
6. Maintenance Matters
Gels are relatively low maintenance. However, to ensure they last and look their best, keep your nails hydrated with cuticle oil and avoid using them as tools (like opening cans). Wear gloves for everyday tasks and do not pick the gel.
7. Safe Removal is Essential
When it’s time to switch up your look, avoid the temptation to peel or pick at your nails. Instead, gently buff the surface and soak them in a gel remover or acetone. This ensures your natural nails remain undamaged.
The Gel Movement is not just a trend; it’s a testament to how beauty and self-care are evolving. By choosing products like The Gel Bottle’s BIAB, you’re not just stepping up your nail game; you’re also giving your nails the care they deserve.
If you’re new to the world of builder gels, or simply looking for more tips and tricks, remember that the Cosmetic Avenue community is always here. Together, let’s explore, experiment, and enjoy the beauty journey.
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