Hybrid Gel 101:

Here’s how its done:
  • First, you’re going to want to prepare the nail for application. This process includes filing the nail down and shaping the nail. You can start by pushing your cuticles back then cutting as much is necessary. Try not to cut too much of the cuticle to avoid bleeding. Also, make sure the nail is short for application.
  • After you’ve filed the nail and cut the cuticle, wash your hands with soap and water. Make sure the nail is completely dry. If you want, you can also use rubbing alcohol to get rid of any oil on the surface of the nail.
  • The next step is selecting the correct set of dual forms for all 10 of your nails. The dual form should be a bit larger on the sides of the nails than the actual nail. This will prevent any space being created once the gel has hardened.
  • After you select the correct dual forms to the size of your nail the shaping process begins. Start by taking the gel and placing a small amount on the dual form.

Pro tip: If the gel isn’t coming out smooth or it’s hard to push out, you can try running it under warm water for a few seconds.

  • Next use the spatula side of the two-sided gel tool to take some of the gel out of the tube. Then place it on the dual form.
  • Next, dip the brush side of the tool into your slip solution or rubbing alcohol. This prevents the gel from it sticking to the brush and allows for application. Dab a little on a cloth or paper towel before forming the gel on the dual form. Make sure to cover the sides of the dual form with the gel and make it a little thinner on the cuticle side and thicker in the middle of the dual form.
  • Once you have filed your nail to the desired shape, you’re going to want to apply a thin Base Coat and cure under the UV or LED lamp for 45-60 seconds depending on the lamp you have and depending on what your Base Coat requires.
  • After applying the Base Coat and curing the nail, take the dual form and apply it at a 45-degree angle at the cuticle and press down lightly. Take your two-sided brush and dip it into the slip solution to brush off any excess gel. Next, turn the nail around and create an even layer of gel on the back of your nail.
  • Quickly cure the nail under your UV or LED lamp then when it’s ready squeeze the sides of the dual form and pop it off. Proceed to shape the nail to the desired length and shape with your nail file.
  • Lastly, remove the excess dust with a paper towel or cloth and apply the Top Coat to the nail. Cure the nail under your UV or LED lamp. Repeat the process for all 10 nails and you’re done!