Poly Nail Gel Extension Using Paper Nail Form Tutorial

Welcome to this comprehensive guide on crafting stunning nail extensions with Poly Nail Gel using paper forms, designed especially for beginners. This step-by-step tutorial aims to provide you with all the details you need to achieve beautiful extensions at home.

Materials You'll Need

Before we get started, ensure you have the following items ready:

  • Poly Nail Gel Kit (includes 2 tubes of poly nail gel, a dual-ended brush, a nail file, and slip solution)
  • Paper Forms
  • UV LED Nail Lamp
  • Cotton wipes and nail cleanser
  • Cuticle pusher

Preparing Your Nails

  1. Cuticle Care: Gently push back your cuticles using the cuticle pusher. Avoid cutting your eponychium to prevent any injury.
  2. Shaping Your Nails: File your nails into an oval or almond shape to help the paper forms fit better. If you have long natural nails, trim them to ensure the forms fit snugly underneath.
  3. Cleaning: Use a nail cleanser to thoroughly clean your nail plates, ensuring they are free of oil for better adhesion of the poly nail gel.

Setting Up Paper Forms

  1. Prepare the Form: Peel a paper form from its sheet, ensuring the sticky tab underneath is in place to support the curve.
  2. Position the Form: Place the form under your natural nail, aligning it precisely. Ensure it's snug and straight by checking the positioning from the side and front views.
  3. Secure the Form: Press the sides of the form to ensure a tight fit without gaps, creating a seamless extension from your natural nail.

Applying the Polygel

  1. Initial Application: Take a small bead of poly nail gel with the spatula and place it on the tip of your nail. Use the brush to mold the gel towards the paper form, creating the desired length and connecting it to the sidewalls of your natural nail.
  2. Curing: Once satisfied with the shape and length, cure under the UV LED lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Building the Apex: Remove the paper form gently. Apply another bead of gel in the middle of your nail and mold it to form the apex, which is the highest and most central part of the extension. Ensure the gel does not touch your skin and maintain a small gap to prevent lifting.
  4. Final Cure: Cure the nail again for 60 seconds.

Shaping and Finishing

  1. Remove the Form: Gently remove the paper form and check the underside of the nail. If needed, cure it again from underneath.
  2. Clean Up: Wipe any sticky residue off with alcohol and a lint-free wipe.
  3. File and Shape: File your nails into your desired shape and buff to smooth out any imperfections.

Design and Top Coat

  1. Nail Art: If desired, create a simple nail art design using your choice of gel polish.
  2. Top Coat: Apply a top coat for a glossy finish and cure for 60 seconds.
  3. Cuticle Oil: Finally, nourish your nails with your favorite cuticle oil.


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Thank you for joining me, and I look forward to guiding you through more nail adventures!