Dropping Knowledge: Glitter Nail Polish Removal Trick Tuesday 04 December, 2012

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Frustrated over glitter nail polish removal? Try this quick and easy tip to remove glitter nail polish in a snap.

Oh, glitter nail polish: What am I going to do with you? I am attracted to you like the dickens—all your flecks hypnotize me; I’m blinded by your beauty. But, as I swipe you on my nails, I am already lamenting the inevitable removal process—one that is painful and grueling. And I am so not exaggerating about that.

My good friend (and Blake Lively‘s manicurist) Elle told me a long time ago that warming acetone (by running hot water over the bottle—never heat it up any other way) will help speed up the removal process, and that does work, but I just learned another way of cutting through the sparkle without hurting my nail beds from copious scrubbing and rubbing. Instead of using cotton balls or lint-free pads, try a piece of felt. Yep, felt. Go to a fabric store and buy yourself some of the discards. Something about the toughness of this material allows it to grip-and-grab glitter and give it the one-two heave-ho. Of course, you need to dip your felt swatch in polish remover (I do suggest using the acetone kind as it is much mightier at glitter removal than non-acetone) and then press it onto your nail for about 30 seconds. Then, apply more pressure as you slide the felt off your nail bed, and the glitter should come off easily. It may not come off all in one swipe, but trust me, you won’t be sitting there swearing you’ll never wear glitter polish again. (Though we all know you will, no matter how you remove it.)

Do you have any glitter polish removal tips you want to share? Sound off in the comments!

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4 Comments

  • stevem says:

    Use two coats of Elmer’s Glue as a base coat (let both coats dry completely) then a regular base coat, then your glitter polish. When you’re ready to remove, wash your hands with warm water, and the polish will peel right off. Any glue remnants will come off with soap and water (and maybe a nail brush).

  • Kimberly says:

    Never ever ever ever ever ever EVER put Elmer’s glue on your nail bed. Are you kidding me?! That’s terrible advice!

  • Hello there! This is my 1st comment here so I just
    wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your articles.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover
    the same topics? Thank you so much!

    • admin says:

      Sure! Since you commented on a nail post, I’ll give you my nail blogger loves. I’m a big fan of AlllacqueredUp.com, which was one of the first nail blogs to hit the scene, as well as workplaypolish.com, which is very thorough and features beautiful, clean nail art. Chelseaqueen.com is great for tutorials as is chalkboardnails.com. :)


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