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What is a Rubber Base Gel for Natural Nails?

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Are you tired of dealing with weak, bendy nails that constantly chip or break? If so, you may want to try a rubber base gel for your natural nails. Rubber base coats are a new product I stumbled across that strengthens bendy nails while moving well with this nail type. In this blog, I’ll explore what a rubber base gel is for natural nails, what nail types it’s best for, the differences between a rubber base coat and regular gel, and how to properly apply and remove it. So, let’s dive in!

What is a Rubber Base Coat and Who is it for?

A rubber base coat is a gel that is thicker and more flexible than regular gel. It provides extra support and strength to weak or bendy nails. If you have nails that tend to bend or flex easily, a rubber base gel can be a game-changer for you. 

Difference Between Rubber Base Coat and Regular Base Coat

The main difference between rubber base coats and regular gel polishes lies in their thicker consistency and flexibility. A rubber base gel is thicker, providing nails with enhanced support and extra strength. Unlike regular gel, which tends to crumble and break under pressure, rubber base gel has a flexible base with the ability to bend and bounce back. This unique quality allows it to move with the natural flex of your nails without lifting or causing damage.

This is a picture of regular color gel. Color gel and rubber base gels are not the same product.

How To Apply a Rubber Base Coat

Now that you know how a rubber base gel works, let’s talk about the proper application process to get the best results with this gel.

  1. Prepare your nails by wiping them with an alcohol pad. This ensures that your nails are clean and free from any oils so that the gel sticks to the nail plate. Remember to wear UV gloves to protect your skin from UV light. (Optional: Gently buff nails with file to remove shine. I recommend doing this very lightly to remove a bit of shine. Overbuffing is one of the number one ways I see people get damaged from gel. Please be very gentle).
  2. Apply a thin layer of rubber base gel onto your nails. Be sure to cover the entire nail surface while avoiding the cuticles.
  3. Cure the gel under a LED lamp or UV lamp, following the instructions provided on the gel package. Typically, a cure time of 2-3 minutes is standard but always refer to the specific instructions to ensure best results.
  4. Once the gel is cured, gently wipe off the sticky layer that will be left behind using an alcohol pad. This step is very important because you don’t want a layer of uncured gel on your nails because this can lead to allergies. 
  5. Now, you can apply your preferred nail color. I prefer to apply regular nail polish on top, but you can apply gel color on top if you prefer.

How to Remove a Rubber Base Coat

When it’s time to remove your rubber base gel, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you avoid damage.

  1. Start off by using a nail file to gently file off the top layer of the gel(regular nail files work best for buffing off the top layer). This helps to break the seal and allows the acetone to penetrate more effectively.
  2. Soak a cotton pad in 100% acetone and place it directly on your nail. You can secure it by wrapping each finger with aluminum foil or by using nail clips. Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes to allow the acetone to break down the gel.
  3. After the soaking period, gently remove the softened gel using a cuticle pusher. Be careful not to force or scrape too aggressively, as this can damage your natural nails.
  4. Finally, to restore moisture and nourishment to your nails, consider doing a nail oil soak. This can be done by pouring olive oil and squeezing lemon juice in a bowl and soaking your nails in this for 10 minutes.
This is a UV Lamp used to cure rubber base gel.

Rubber Base Coat Recommendations

When it comes to rubber base coats, I highly recommend choosing clear ones that you can keep on your nails and polish over. These clear rubber base coats provide a solid foundation for your nail polish, offering both strength and flexibility. By applying a clear rubber base coat before your nail color, you create a protective barrier that helps prevent chipping and peeling while allowing your natural nails to remain visible. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of a rubber base gel while switching out your favorite nail polish shades easily. Below are two rubber base gels I recommend


Function of Vex (Code: Ash20)


In conclusion, rubber base gels are an ideal solution if you are struggling with weak and bendy nails. Unlike regular gel polish products that can crumble and lift with the bendy nail type, rubber base gels bend and bounce back, moving with the natural flex of the nails without causing damage or lifting. This unique combination of strength and flexibility makes rubber base gels the perfect choice for you if you are looking to strengthen your bendy nails.


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