Friday, July 15, 2011

Glitter Removal

Okay, this is a really simple post.
A lot of folks use the foil removal method. I don't bother wrapping my nails up in foil - well, let's just go ahead and say it, I'm too lazy to dig it out. Also, I don't use pure acetone. It's SUPER drying and I already have dry hands. It's a constant battle to keep them moisturized.
So this is what I do: I get out ten cotton balls, and my regular polish remover. I soak a cotton ball in remover, and I place it on a nail. I kind of squish it down onto the nail, leaving a little at the top of the nail so I can squish it over the top. In other words, I have the WHOLE nail covered with a cotton ball. Then I repeat with the rest of the fingers on one hand. I do one hand at a time. This is what it looks like, I've tucked a little bit of the excess cotton ball around the top of the nail.

Next, I let that sit for about ten or fifteen minutes. You can lift up the bottom edge to see how it's coming along, you'll be able to tell if the polish is starting to lift really well at the base. If you've got a lot of polish at the base of the cotton ball, near your cuticle end of  your nail, you're ready to swipe. If not, squish it back to the nail again and let it sit. Some glitters, like the Deborah Lippmanns that have big chunky glitter, take longer.  If it's ready to go, squish it back down, and start to slide the cotton ball towards the top of your nail until it's all the way off. You may have a little glitter left over on your skin or on the edges of your nail. This is one nail done using this method.

And, this is the entire amount of glitter polish on my cotton ball. This was from Nubar Knight's Armor, it came off pretty easy!

Once I have all five fingers done on one hand, I move on to the next hand. Then I take a clean cotton ball and soak it in remover and go around "picking up" any excess glitter that I can.
My next step is usually to head to the bathroom to use a moisturizing sugar scrub on my hands, and then my usual routine of cuticle oil and lotion.
I hope you guys found this helpful! Let me know if you have any questions.


  1. Great advice! I'm too lazy to look for foil as well so thank you for this!


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