With the help of experts, we figure out who and why needed a camouflage nail gel

What is camouflage gel and why is it needed

Camouflage gel is a thick material in a neutral color, pink, beige or milky. Due to the natural shade and viscous consistency, the coating with such a gel looks natural, and you can wear it longer than usual.

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Why else would you need a camouflage gel?

  • build up. The advantage of extensions with camouflage gel is naturalness. The material adheres securely to the native nail, so the joint is almost impossible to notice.
  • mend. If a crack has formed on the nail or a corner has broken, the polymer composition will fill the damaged area.
  • align. Thick gel levels the nail plate, creating a smooth surface without grooves and depressions.
  • Strengthen. In the price lists of beauty salons, you can find the mysterious item «strengthening the nail plate.» We tell: this is done with the help of camouflage gel. It creates an extra layer, making it much harder to break the nail.
  • disguise. The natural shade allows the camouflage gel to mask uneven nail color or leukonychia — white stripes or spots on the nail plate. Although, of course, this is an exclusively aesthetic solution to the problem.

Types of camouflage gel

The word «camouflage» comes from the French verb camoufler — «camouflage». That is why there are no bright shades in the color palette, this would contradict the main principle of the invisibility of such a coating. But such a manicure can also be diversified, for example, make it matte, translucent, or choose the option with a shimmer.

Stages of work with camouflage gel

During the procedure, the master must decide how many layers to apply: this depends on the purpose of the coating and the time available to the client. Varvara Kotova, Product and Training Director of the network of manicure and pedicure salons «Fingers» tells about the three stages:

  • Basic stage: the master prepares the natural nail for further extension and ensures a strong adhesion of the artificial material to the nail plate.
  • Sculpting: at this stage, the master distributes the camouflage gel, models the architecture of the nail plate and evens out the shape.
  • Finish: the master protects the coating from chips and gives it a shine.

What are gel systems

The number of required layers ultimately forms the gel system — single-phase, two-phase or three-phase. What does all this mean, we asked the technologist of the Ma & Mi beauty salon Anastasia Kim.

  • Single-phase — the most common system, such a coating is easy to apply and reliable in use. It turns out thin and almost invisible, because only one layer of camouflage is applied.
  • Two-phase consists of two layers: base and sculptural. Such a coating is made the least often, because in terms of durability it is inferior to a three-phase coating, and it takes no less time to complete.
  • Three-phase: three-phase camouflage gel is applied in three layers in turn. This type of camouflage is the strongest and is suitable for nail extensions.

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