Before we talk about how to remove gel nail polish, I think we should probably explain exactly what it is. Gel nail polish is a polish that is “set” using ultraviolet light. Basically, it sort of bakes the polish into the nails. Some people claim that gel nail polish is so great that it will last for two or even three weeks.
The problem is, though, with a polish that can last so long, how in the world do you get it off?
Turns out the answer is that you remove it pretty much the same way you remove glitter nail polish.
- Step 1: Buff your names with a nail file to remove the shine.
- Step 2: Soak a cotton ball in acetone and place it directly on top of your nails. Use a generous amount of nail polish remover here.
- Step 3: Wrap your finger with a small piece of foil and leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Step 4: Remove the foil strip. The gel manicure should now slide right off with the cotton ball.
If you find it’s being stubborn, repeat the above process but instead of leaving it on for 10 to 15 minutes, leave it on for only about 5.
So to answer the question, how do you remove gel nail polish at home? Use acetone-soaked cotton balls wrapped in tin foil.
Regular nail polish may work eventually, but honestly, when it comes to gel nail polish, you really want the good stuff, and that means an acetone-based polish remover.
Hope that helps! Because trust me, I know how annoying it can be to try and remove gel polish yourself.