About 5 years ago, meeting a fashionista with short nails was a very difficult task — all the girls, as if by choice, wore long tips, painted either with ornate patterns, then with shiny rhinestones, then with a French style. But times are changing, and today the natural length of nails is highly valued in the fashion world.
Perhaps such a transition from long artificial nails to natural ones was forced, because extension is not very good for the health of nails — the plate becomes thinner, loosens by constant sawing, and acrylic does not allow the nail to “breathe”. This causes a lot of problems with nails, and therefore avoiding unnatural nails is quite logical. Today, in order to give the nails a normal look, manufacturers offer a more gentle procedure — a manicure with biogel.
Biogel has a certain affinity with extended nails — it slightly corrects the shape. Otherwise, this is a completely different product format, which is designed for a shorter service life and even strengthens the nails.
Strengthening natural nails with biogel: pros and cons
Let’s start on an optimistic note. Biogel should be used if:
- you have a thin plate of nails;
- you do not have enough time for a permanent manicure;
- you love the natural look of nails — without thick layers of rigid material;
- take care of the health of your nails and want the nail plate to “breathe”.
Now let’s talk about the cons, because many are interested in whether biogel is harmful to nails. The biogel itself is not harmful, but the liquid with which the material is removed definitely does not add health, but, at the same time, its harmfulness is as great as from the usual nail polish remover with acetone.
Strengthening nails with French biogel — step by step instructions
To strengthen your nails you will need:
- biogel transparent;
- biogel camouflage — pink;
- color biogel — white;
- gel gloss;
- disinfectant (can be used instead of professional alcohol);
- degreaser — primer;
- cotton pads without lint;
- UV lamp — 36 W.
When everything is ready, you can proceed to the procedure itself. It is best if each nail is processed in turn, except for the first point:
- Before applying the biogel to the nails, they need to be prepared: first, sand them so that the surface of the nails is even and better bonded to the material.
- Now moisten a cotton pad with a disinfectant and wipe the nail with it — this will degrease the nail plate and at the same time prevent the development of bacteria and fungi.
- Then apply a primer so that the biogel lasts the required 2 weeks.
- The next step is the application of the biogel itself. To do this, you need a flat medium-sized brush. It can be purchased at a specialty store or art shop. Drop the biogel on the brush, remove the residue and cover the nails with it.
- Now place your nail under the UV lamp for 1 minute.
- Then you need to apply camouflage biogel on the nail — a pink shade-base for French manicure.
- After the pink base is applied, immediately remove the remaining gel (with a brush) on the free edge of the nail in the form of a “smile” — this is necessary so that there is no elevation when applying the white gel.
- Now the nail should be placed under a UV lamp for 2 minutes.
- The next two steps — the most difficult and most interesting — make a «smile». Take a white biogel and draw white stripes on the free edge of the nail, holding the brush straight. The result will be 4-5 short strips, depending on the width of the nail. You don’t need to draw the arc right away.
- When the stripes are drawn and look like one solid line, align the line in the shape of an arc by drawing a clean brush perpendicular to the base of the nail.
- Again put the nail under the UV lamp for 1 minute.
- Now the “smile” needs to be repeated — made even brighter. Like the first time, make some white lines on the free edge of the nail, and then make a smooth arc out of them.
- Now put your nail under the UV lamp for 2 minutes.
- Then coat the nail with a gel gloss to make the manicure look fresh.
- Place the nail under a UV lamp for 1-2 minutes to cure.
How to remove biogel from nails?
To remove the biogel from the nails, use a gel remover. Each company has its own product, which corresponds to the structure of the produced gel. Some girls replace this product with regular acetone nail polish remover, but this option is best used in extreme cases.
Nail design with biogel
Nail design with biogel can be completely different. The above option — «French» is the most versatile, suitable for any style of clothing and makeup. It looks natural due to the thin layer and flexibility of the biogel.
Options are also possible with full painting of the nail with colored varnish. Remember that nail polish remover containing acetone dissolves the gel, so if you decide to remove only the nail polish, then use an acetone-free thinner.
How long does biogel stay on nails?
The above method of applying the biogel will last about 3 weeks, but given that the nail grows, the actual duration of such a manicure is about 2 weeks.