Please ensure that you are qualified in builder gel application to use this product.


  • Dry manicure essentials
  • Nail Surface Cleanser - to effectively cleanse and prep the natural nail plate for product application
  • Bonder / Dehydrator - can be added to nails with hyperhidrosis.
  • Acid Free Primer or Adhesion Plus Acid Free Primer- can be used on clients with product retention issues.
  • A use of a base coat is not essential for Apex Build or Smart Base but is recommended by us in order to protect the natural nail plate against pigments.
  • Microcrystal Base Coat - for nails which are strong and healthy.
  • Rubber Base Coat (Medium) - for nails which are brittle, super flexible and/or damaged.
  • Apex Build in any shade.
  • Top Coat of your choice.
  • A 48W UV/LED lamp - 365nm x 405nm with a low heat mode


Apex Build is a high - adhesion, soak - off base builder gel which can be used to strengthen natural nails. Once the free edge reaches 2mm in length we recommend switching to a hard builder gel formula.


  • Sanitise your hands and your client's hands.
  • Whenever possible please wear gloves. We recommend completing all nail treatments in gloves to avoid contact of uncured products with skin.
  • Perform a dry manicure by gently pushing back the cuticle area and removing any non living tissue. Use an e-file if you are trained to use one.
  • Using a 180 grit nail file shape the free edge of the nail and remove shine.
  • Remove the dust using a nail brush and cleanse the nail.
  • If applying the Acid Free Primer ensure to remove all excess from the brush and apply sparingly. Allow 30 sec to dry.


  • Apply a thin layer of base coat and cure for 30 sec with LED or 60 sec with UV.
  • Apply a thin coat of Apex Build and cure 60 sec with LED or 120 sec with UV.
  • Apply a medium sized bead of the gel and spread it side to side moving the product down, towards the free edge. Place the hand upside down for a few seconds to allow the product to self level.
  • To ensure the best application around the cuticle area take the Gellifique® Liner Brush and using the tip move the product around the cuticle area and down the side walls for an even coverage.
  • Avoid thick product build up around cuticle areas as this will cause the product to lift later. Cure on a low heat setting as above.
  • Cleanse again and apply gel polish colour.


Regular soak - off removals are extremely damaging to the natural nails and can cause severe dehydration over medium to long term. Please opt for infills whenever possible or e file removal. 

  • Reduce the nail length.
  • Using a 150 grit manual file or an e-file (if trained) and take down the bulk of the product from each nail.
  • Work around various areas of the nail to avoid heat build up to the natural nail and discomfort for the client.
  • Change to a 180 grit file as you get closer to the natural nail.
  • Once the product is thinned down soak a Gellifique® Lint Free Wipe in Acetone, place on the nail and wrap in tin foil. Soak for 15 minutes and scrape off any softened product. Re - wrap if necessary and wait a further 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Any left over product can be gently buffed off the nails.
  • Apply cuticle oil if there is no follow up manicure service. For a manual file removal we recommend switching from 150 grit nail file to a 180 grit file half way and then down to a 240 grit.


  • Always avoid skin contact with uncured products.
  • Please do not attempt to scrape off any gel residue that is still hard.
  • Please use the tools which you have been trained with for product removal.
  • Please take care with pressure and use precision during the removal process in order to avoid overfiling the natural nail.
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