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What's the Best Way to Remove Stubborn Nail Polish?

Regular nail polish should come off easily with a couple of swipes of nail polish remover. But glitter, gel, and bold colours need more focused tactics.

Regular nail polish should come off easily with a couple of swipes of nail polish remover. But glitter, gel, and bold colours need more focused tactics.

With the right product and technique, those stubborn nail polishes won’t stand a chance. It’s time to free your nails from pesky nail colours! Check these methods out.

 

What's the best way to remove stubborn nail polish?

 

Wrap It Up in Aluminium Foil


The foil method commonly used to remove hard gel nail polish is also very effective at removing stubborn regular nail polish. You'll need:

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.

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.

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.

 

What's the best way to remove stubborn nail polish?

 

Use Glue as a Base Coat


Don't feel like trying a peel-off base coat, such OPI's cult classic OPI Glitter Off Base Coat? This unusual method is quite effective if you're not planning to wear your chosen shade for a long time or you're planning to use glitter nail polish. 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
  • Cotton buds

Prior to applying your nail polish, spread a small amount of glue onto your nails using the nail polish brush, and wait 5 to 10 minutes for it 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 the eye-catching nail colour and exotic finish of your choice. After your event, just 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.


Soaking Method


This is the easiest and most effective method for fully removing your nail polish. If you're busy and want to save yourself all the time and trouble, just pick up a nail polish remover soaking pot or a packet of nail polish wipes and follow the instructions below.

Nail polish remover soaking pot: Remove the lid and dip your finger into the pot for 3 to 5 minutes. Done! Check out the Nails Inc. Express Nail Polish Remover Pot if you want to get those stubborn nail polishes off quickly and easily.

Nail wipes: Take one sheet and lay it over your nail polish for 5 minutes. You can secure the wipe with a small rubber band so it won’t shift out of place. Try using OPI Expert Touch Lint-Free Nail Wipes.

 

What's the best way to remove stubborn nail polish?