Nail Gels: Which one should you Choose?

Nail Gels: Which one should you Choose?

LED and UV Gel, Gel Bonding, Gel Builder... sometimes things can get pretty confusing!

Very often I am asked: what type of nail gel should I use? which one is the most suitable for me?

Unfortunately or fortunately, a universal nail gel that is good for all does not exist!

This is because we all have different needs.

There are those who have brittle nails that break, those who eat their nails, who because of the work done, often keeps them in the water or for those who complain of too much burning in the lamp there are the most delicate gels .

In addition, for those who use nail gels, there are also those who want dense, those who prefer gel for reconstruction more liquids, those who want them colored and those who want them transparent.

In short, many types of nails want so many types of gel , the difficulty lies in choosing the right one!

Let's see them together to do some clarity.

Should i use a three-phasic or monophasic method?

And 'yes, in addition to the various gel for nail reconstruction, there are various methods of application.

If you choose a monophasic gel it means that you only need to use one gel for all of the work.

Therefore only one product such as a Base Gel, Gel Builder and Glossy Sealant Gel.

There are several types: there are those with low acidity, especially suitable for sensitive, broken and peeled nails.

There are those that contain UV filters that eliminate the annoying yellowing of the nails given by the sun.

There those that are transparent or pink.

There are also differente density to suit your needs.


How should you use the Trephasic method for nail reconstruction?

If, on the other hand, you decide to proceed with a three-phase method, you will need to purchase three different products:basic gel for nails, gel builder and glossy final sealant.

(I recommend using the three products of the same brand because only in this way you can get a perfect and lasting job)

The base, also called bonder or bonding can have a denser and less dense consistency.

On problematic, fragile and delicate nails I recommend the application of the thickest base so the nail will be protected.

The base must in any case be laid out in a thin layer.

The Gel builder or builder is the gel that gives the shape to the nail helping to give it thickness making it stronger.

Even in this case there denseer and less dense gels.

For amateurs, I recommend the densest or thixotropic gels, special gels very easy to apply and extremely self-leveling that do not run off.

The more experienced, however, can opt for a less dense Builder Gel that will also allow us to create more subtle and aesthetically pleasing structures.

Furthermore, very dense builder Builder Gels are generally used to lengthen nails and / or if you want to make important structures.

Also in this case there are gel transparent nails, recommended for French style, colored and Nail Art decorations, and rosy ones, particularly suitable for white French (apply a builder gel pink rosé on the white French gives a touch of naturalness) .

There are also Colored Builder Gels with a high degree of coverage, suitable for babyboomer or for various spectacular effects for Nail Art.

There are also gels particularly suitable for onychophagy subjects or for extreme nails.

But for very delicate nails that break or break apart, there are also ultra-flexible nail gels that can also be used as a "reinforcement" under semi-permanent polish in case your clients do not want to do a complete nail reconstruction with gels but not they still want to give up beautiful and well-groomed nails.


The final polish or finish is the final gel, which seals our work and gives shine and brightness to the nail.

For example, if you have to cover a white or colored French Style, I recommend a less dense gloss to be rolled thinly.

On the other hand, if you need to cover a Colored Gel or Nail Art decorations or you want more protection for your work, I recommend a denser Nail-Sealing finish that will best protect your work.

In conclusion; To choose which gel to use you need to know:

- on which nail you go to work (normal or damaged)

- how expert you are in drafting the gel (more or less dense gel)

- the result you want to achieve (transparent, rosy or colored)

I hope I have pleased most of you, listing which types of nail gels might be best suited to your needs and your nail reconstruction.

See you next time!