Long-Nail Lovers, Rejoice—This Hybrid Manicure Gives You the Best of All Worlds

It's witchcraft.

Long-Nail Lovers, Rejoice—This Hybrid Manicure Gives You the Best of All Worlds

What if I told you there were a manicure out there floating around in the ether that could give you the look of an acrylic nail without the colossal damage it tends to leave in its wake? Yep, you read that right—it exists. Let me introduce you to polygel nail enhancements, a hybrid acrylic-and-gel formula that introduces the best of both worlds. 

To get a little more insight on this too-good-to-be-true-sounding manicure, I tapped celebrity manicurist Elle Gerstein (nail whiz to the likes of Blake Lively) to get the details. Keep scrolling for what she had to share. 

"Polygel nails are a hybrid acrylic-and-gel formula with the consistency of toothpaste," Gerstein explains. "It applies like an acrylic and gives the nails a more flexible, strong structure that you can sculpt natural nails with." Basically, it takes the best parts of liquid and powder acrylics and fuses them with traditional LED hard gel. The main appeal of polygel nails is that they tend to be lighter than acrylics or regular hard gel but equally as strong, so they last about the same amount of time or longer (typically, Gerstein says, around three to four weeks). 

Unlike most regular acrylics, which are pre-shaped, polygel can be applied directly to your natural nail and sculpted into your desired shape. "For some lengths and shapes, I will [even] use polygel to add a higher apex to the nail for added support," Gerstein adds. Most nail technicians start by applying a dehydrator to the nails to help the polygel adhere to the nail better. They then use a base coat to prime the nails and let them dry. After this step, most polygel is applied similarly to hard gel. The nail tech will use a brush to apply a small amount of the polygel to each nail and sculpt it into the desired shape.

Polygel nail enhancements are an ideal, nail-saving alternative to regular gel or acrylics. Regular gel is extremely thin and can cause a lot of damage to your natural nail if you're not careful. Acrylics are great for those who want their nails to appear longer, but their thickness can cause them to break more easily than polygel. That's what makes polygel nails unique—the formula has the same durability as acrylics but is lighter and more malleable.

According to Gerstein, when applied and removed correctly, polygel shouldn't cause any damage to your natural nails. Because it's also so easy to sculpt and shape, you may be wondering if you can try this yourself at home. Gerstein advises, "These products should be applied by experts only and require maintenance for a perfect 10!"

Although it's probably best to see a trained nail technician for this kind of manicure, that doesn't mean you can't learn with proper research. If you are interested in learning and want to invest in your own polygel kit, the internet has your back. Check out the best polygel nail-enhancement kits below.

To really dip your toes into the world of polygel, try this trial kit from Gelish that has all the essentials. 

This kit comes with six different colors, brushes, a few nail files… basically everything you can ever imagine you would need to apply polygel to your nails.

Build the nail extensions of your dreams with this all-in-one kit. 

If glitter-soaked nails are more your vibe, this kit with various shades of shimmer powder is right up your alley.

For a budget option that doesn't skimp on quality, try Beetles' nail extension gel kit.

Because polygel is such a flexible nail enhancement, you can still layer regular gel polish over it to switch up your colors more often. Keep scrolling and shop the best color options.

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It's Time to Start Keeping Up With Chiara Aurelia

This girl is on fire.

It's Time to Start Keeping Up With Chiara Aurelia

For those of us who came of age in the early 2000s, there will always be a few . From Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie to Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie, the A-listers of this era were often spotted in tabloids, captured leaving clubs late at night, and dared to wear the lowest of low-rise jeans . Of course, this was the pre-digital era; there was some semblance of privacy still to be found. Today’s It girls have evolved to be always on, strategically sharing glimpses of a carefully , working with stylists to hone a red carpet aesthetic, and plotting their career paths with longevity in mind. Like the It girls before her, 19-year-old Chiara Aurelia is blazing her own trail and is doing so with a uniquely .

We caught up with Aurelia at the tail end of summer, syncing up via Zoom days before she wrapped her latest project, Luckiest Girl Alive. Against an austere hotel room background, Aurelia somehow manages to look radiant, illuminated by the natural light. It may come as some surprise that the actress looks nothing like her character Jeanette Turner from Hulu hit Cruel Summer, the role that catapulted her into the spotlight. With her hair swept back in a bouncy ponytail and wearing a silk newsprint Dior blouse she scored on Aurelia is every bit the modern-day ingenue—a vision her ’90s teen character could never have conjured.

Incidentally, Aurelia has become the queen of surprises, drawing attention not only for her work in Cruel Summer (the 10-episode first season ended in July and was immediately renewed for a second) but also for her role in Fear Street Part Two: 1978, which premiered a week earlier. Fortunately, she’s a fan of suspense, or at least, she knows how to play the role of a good sport. “I love surprises,” she gushes. “I mean, when it comes to personal life, not as much, but being able to be on the edge of your seat when you’re invested in a story or a movie that you’re watching or a script that you’re reading, that’s super fun.” There’s an important difference, however, between the thriller and horror genres (she would know; she’s already done both), with one feeling more timeless and the other best consumed around Halloween. “All of the gore, murders, and chaos [of horror] can be super fun to work on, but they’re a little bit more terrifying for me to watch,” she confesses.

Fortunately, Luckiest Girl Alive is poised to be another thrilling sensation. Jessica Knoll, the author of the best-selling 2015 mystery novel who Aurelia describes as a “close friend and a genius,” adapted the story for the big screen and put together an incredible cast (including Mila Kunis and Connie Britton) to bring it to life. Although Aurelia’s role has yet to be confirmed by Netflix, Knoll sang her praises in a late-summer Instagram post. “[Aurelia] blew us all away,” reads a caption of a photo of the two hugging below the neon sign of Fanelli Cafe in SoHo. “She captured her spunk, her wit, and her devastation. Oh god, I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve seen.” Hint: If you haven’t already read the book, here’s your chance. Then, feel free to wager which character Knoll is referring to—Aurelia’s lips remained sealed.

Based on her recent successes, Aurelia’s predilection for stories of a darker nature seems like a smart path to pursue. But it would be remiss to pigeonhole this young actress into the thriller genre or any genre for that matter. In fact, her dream role is an unexpectedly classic choice: Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz, a childhood favorite. “The Wizard of Oz was a huge touchstone for me when I was younger,” Aurelia explains. “It captured all of the things that I loved about the film industry. Plus the singing and dancing and incredible acting, it was so advanced for its time.” In fact, Aurelia and her friends still enjoy watching the 1939 movie together, despite the endless options available via today’s streaming services.

Like Judy Garland, the original Dorothy, Aurelia’s look is timeless. As an actress, she has already played teenagers in the ’70s and ’90s and will presumably take on the role of a present-day 20-something in Luckiest Girl Alive. As an individual, Aurelia is also a chameleon whose personal style is equally at home in the vintage ’90s Steve Madden boots she kept from Cruel Summer and her present-day styling of that early ’00s Dior blouse. “I’m into some of the ’90s fashion trends… the mom jeans, low-rise pants, butterfly clips, and platform shoes. Honestly, there’s so much to love,” she reflects. 

A card-carrying member of Gen Z, Aurelia is embracing the high-low aesthetic as she figures out what feels right for this moment in her career, scoring gems on The RealReal and getting inspiration from a variety of stylists. “I’m still finding out who I am in terms of the way that I want to look and how I want to portray myself, but I’m having a lot of fun mixing and matching high-fashion brands with vintage clothing and consignment stores,” she shares.  

Before we wrap up, we ask Aurelia what’s up next after a busy and extremely successful summer. “As long as I’m working with such incredibly talented people, I look forward to discovering my next projects and exploring further as time unfolds. I’m very lucky to be walking on this path,” acknowledges the burgeoning It girl, paving her own yellow brick road of sorts.

We already know that Chiara Aurelia is uniquely talented, but only time will tell if she’s actually the luckiest girl alive. We can’t wait to find out!        

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