While I love glitter nail polishes, something that deterred me in the past about wearing them was the toll they took on my nails. Application was a cinch but as a noob, removing glitter nail polish was so incredibly damaging to my nails. I’d just drench a cottonball in nail polish remover and start aggressively rubbing away. Afterwards, they would be peeling, feel so dry and overall just looked like they had been through some trauma. I cringe just thinking about it now…YIKES! Anyways, on this went until some time in 2012. While getting a pedicure at the nail salon, I noticed how they removed gel nail polish with cotton balls & aluminum foil and my nail polish removal process has never been the same, namely when it comes to glitter nail polishes. I’ve seen a lot of people implement this method and it’s a no-brainer. While yours may vary, I’ve had great results with this very simple but effective method.
Step 1- Hunt & Gather
Step 1: Gather necessary materials, you’ll need nail polish remover, aluminum foil and a couple of cotton balls
Step 2 – Tear Aluminum Foil
Step 2: Tear the Aluminum Foil into several pieces big enough to cover your whole nail and some of your finger
Step 3: Wet the Cotton Balls
Step 3: Wet the cotton balls with enough polish remover to cover a nail but make sure not to drench the cotton ball to the point where it’s dripping. That’s just excessive and messy
Step 4 – Marry the Cotton Ball & Aluminum Foil
Step 4: Place your finger in the center of the square of aluminum foil then put the nail polish remover cotton ball on your nail bed
Step 5 – Wrap the Nail
Step 5: With your finger in the center of the aluminum foil, wrap the foil to the left, then to the right, then bend the top that remains over your finger. If you’ve done this step right, the foil on your finger should look like the picture above. When you’re done wrapping all the fingers on your hand, they should look like the picture below. If you drenched the cotton ball in nail polish remover, it’ll start to run down your finger. Just wipe it off.
Step 6 – Wait For It…
Step 6: After wrapping all of your nails, wait about 5 minutes before you remove the foil. To remove, press down on your nail bed then slide straight off. You can wait longer if you like but I have no patience and 5 minutes usually gets the job done.
Step 7- Glitter-free Nails without the Trauma
Step 7: Enjoy your glitter free clean nails that don’t look like they’ve been through a wood chipper!
Do you follow this method? Any recommendations you’d suggest? As always, thanks for reading!