15 January 2015

How To: Remove Glitter Nail Polish, The Easy Way?

Even though the Christmas/party season is over there's no rule that says you can't wear a bit of glitter to get through a dull Monday this January. Now hands up, who gets a bit carried away layering on the sparkle? Yeah thought so, Do you always regret that decision when it comes to removing it? Ditto I'm the same. Luckily thanks to a little technique I've been using recently, the whole removal process is a hell of a lot quicker and I had to let you guys in on the secret.

How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish?
How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish?
How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish?
The tools you'll need in your quest for glitter removal:
  Tinfoil (300 mm wide)
Nail polish remover
5 Cotton Pads

The first step is cutting a strip of tinfoil that's just a bit wider than your nail bed and then cutting that into 10 rectangular pieces. I find that using the 300mm wide is enough to do both hands with just one strip, obviously everyone has different size nail beds but mine are quite wide so it should be enough, if it's not just cut another strip.

Next you need to cut 5 cotton pads in half, I found using whole ones a little wasteful and the excess material got in the way. Starting with the thumb, saturate a piece of cotton pad with nail polish remover and place it over the nail. Follow by wrapping a piece of tinfoil around the cotton pad and twisting it at the end to make it secure. I like to do one hand at a time as I found it quite difficult to make them as tight on the other hand.

Another tip is to make sure your hands are warm (which I know at this time of year is not the easiest) but it's not quite as effective if you're hands are like ice.

I normally leave the tinfoil on for around 10-15 minutes, time can vary depending on how many layers of glitter you have on, but the longer the better. When the time comes for removal you shouldn't have to rub too hard, the majority of the glitter should be on the cotton pad. It's so satisfying to see it just right come off, then you just repeat the process for your other hand.

After everything is removed I like to wash my hands just in case any left over residue is on my nails, (remover in the eyes = not good!) Lastly I sometimes like to use a nail oil just to re-hydrate the nails and help keep them in a healthy condition. I also like to do this whole process in the evening, so my nails get time to breath overnight.

Hopefully you glitter lovers found this helpful. Do you have a special way of removing glitter nail polish?

XOXO Claire


  1. love the boots!!

  2. Great boots!!

    Love your blog :)




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