Using Polygel is one of the easiest ways to create amazing and durable manicures. And because of this, it is one of the best ways to do your manicures at home even if you don’t have much previous nail experience.
So in this article, I am gonna guide you through step by step the different ways you can apply Polygel Nails at home.
Now there are four different ways you can apply Polygel on your nails, you can use:
Plastic Dual Forms – this is the quickest & easiest way for beginners to use Polygel
Paper Nail Forms – requires more practice and skill but allows you to make your nails look exactly how you want.
Applied directly to your natural nails – like nail polish
1- How to Use Dual Forms to Apply Polygel
In my opinion, Dual Forms are the easiest way to apply Polygel, especially for beginners. This is because you won’t need to sculpt out the nails which take time and practice to master.
Dual Forms also require less buffing at the end – this is because most of the time you get a nice smooth texture without having to buff.
The first thing that you need to do is prep your nails, start by pushing back & aligning your cuticles and then filing your nails with a medium grit nail file
Once your nails have been filed, clean them by wiping them down with pure alcohol or acetone and then apply a dehydrator and a nail primer.
Next, apply a gel base coat and cure it for 60 seconds.
Once prepped you can proceed to apply your Polygel, you can start by sorting out the dual forms to match the size of your nails.
I recommend using dual forms that are slightly wider than your nails – this allows the side of dual forms to cover down the sides of your nails completely.
Now add a bead of polygel into the middle of the dual forms and then wet your brush with slip solution
And then use the brush to spread out the Polygel in the dual form
Next, press the dual form onto your nails and then cure it for 60 seconds under a UV Led Lamp.
Once cured take off the dual forms and wipe the nails down with rubbing alcohol to remove the sticky layer.
Finally, file and shape the edges to your liking and then apply a gel top coat and cure for 60 seconds.
You can check out the video below to see exactly how it’s done.
Tips When Working With Dual Forms
If the dual forms are way too big for your nails you can file them down to get a better fit.
When spreading the Polygel in the dual forms try to make it slightly thicker in the middle and thinner at the edges this helps prevent the polygel from coming out too much when you put it on.
Use the brush to neaten up the underside of the dual form before curing to give it an even look.
I also recommend curing underneath the dual forms to ensure the entire nail is cured completely.
Recommended Polygel Kit For Beginners
I highly recommend the Limegirl Polygel Kit, it comes with everything that you will need to start doing Polygel including dual forms and paper forms.
2- How to Apply Polygel with Paper Nail Forms
Paper nail forms take more time and they require more skill when compared to dual forms. But they allow flexibility allowing you to craft your nails to look exactly how you want them to be.
Firstly, you need to prep your nails by pushing back your cuticles and filing your nails with a medium grit nail file.
Then you need to clean your nails by wiping them with either rubbing alcohol or acetone.
Next, apply a nail dehydrator, a nail primer and then a gel base coat and let it cure for 60 seconds.
Now you can put on the nail form and apply and sculpt out the Polygel to your liking using your Polygel Brush, I have a video down below to show you how to this.
Next, cure your Polygel for 60 seconds and then file your nails to make your nails nice and smooth.
Finally, apply a gel top coat or your nail polish.
You can check out the video below to see exactly how to sculpt out the Polygel using paper forms.
Video of How to Apply Polygel Using Paper Forms
3- How to Apply Polygel With Nail Tips
The first thing that you need to do is prep your nails by pushing back your cuticles and filing your nails with a medium grit nail file.
Secondly, clean your nails by wiping them with rubbing alcohol or acetone.
Next, apply a coat of your dehydrator and nail primer to your natural nails.
And then you can glue on your nail tips.
Next, apply your base coat on the entire nail, and then apply your Polygel
Now, use your brush dipped in slip solution to sculpt out the nails to your liking.
Once sculpted cure the Polygel for 60 seconds, then wipe them with rubbing alcohol to remove the sticky layer.
Finally, file your nails to smoothen them out, and then apply your top coat or nail polish.
You can check out the video for more details on how to apply your Polygel with Nail Tips.