There’s nothing better than some new nail art to boost your mood and your look. Even your classic, everyday uniform gets a lift with fresh nail colour! With so many colours, textures, and designs available to choose from, nail art is an easy way to update your style without taking a big risk.
But what happens when you’ve had enough of your polish, you want to remove it, and you find you can’t? Stubborn nail polish happens! Regular nail polish should come off easily with a couple swipes of nail polish remover. But glitter, gel, and bold colours can take a little more effort to delete.
With the right product and technique, those stubborn nail polishes won’t stand a chance. It’s time to free your nails from lingering nail colours! So, you know how to remove nail polish without wrecking your nails, we’ve listed some tried-and-true nail care, polish removal methods for you.
Wrap it up in Aluminium Foil
If you know how to remove gel nail polish, you’ll be familiar with the foil-covered fingertip look! The foil method, commonly used as a hard gel nail polish remover, is also very effective at removing stubborn regular nail polish. You'll need:
Acetone nail polish remover
Cotton wool balls
Pour an appropriate amount of nail polish remover into a glass or ceramic bowl and soak the cotton wool in it. Once the cotton wool balls are saturated, shred them into pieces small enough to fit on your nail beds.
Now, grab a nail file. Gently and slowly sand down the top layer of your polish. You’re not trying to remove the polish; you’re just roughing up the top coat and removing the shine, so it all breaks down easier.
Next, place a piece of soaked cotton wool on each nail. Wrap each finger in aluminium foil. Let the remover sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Try to ignore the fact that you look a bit like an alien!
This method requires a bit of time and effort but is very effective at softening and loosening hard layers of nail polish. Counteract the drying effects of this intensive treatment by applying an ultra-moisturising hand cream afterwards.
Use Glue as a Base Coat
Don't feel like trying a peel-off base coat? This unusual method is pretty effective if you want to rock your polish for only a couple of days or if you’re planning on using glitter nail polish. Glitter nail polish can be tough to budge, but if you use kind nail care products, the glue method is very doable!
This easy technique suits your one-night-stand manicure perfectly. Here’s what you’ll need:
Lightweight glue that dries clear
An old nail polish brush
Prior to applying your nail polish, spread a small amount of glue onto your nails using the nail polish brush. Wait 5 to 10 minutes for the glue to dry completely. Remove stray glue from your skin with cotton buds. If your polish is bright, consider using a base coat as well.
Next, apply an eye-catching nail colour and exotic finish of your choice. After your event, gently lift the nail polish and peel it off. You don’t have to worry about damaging your nails, since glue doesn’t completely adhere to your nail beds. Pretty easy stuff!