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How To Remove A Gel Polish Manicure

How To Remove A Gel Polish Manicure


By Dale Arden Chong

Gel polish manicures have easily become one of the most requested services to ask for when making your regular trip to the nail salon. Of course, why wouldn’t it? Between the quick and easy application process and the long-lasting wear, what’s not to love?

However. when the time comes to remove your gel polish for a new look or simply to go back to lacquer, it’s easy to want to remove them as soon as possible, but there are certainly safe approaches to do so! Madam Glam breaks down the gel polish removal process for you to prevent damage to your natural nails.

What you’ll need:

  • Nail file and buffer
  • Aluminum foils or gel polish remover wraps – cut the aluminum in approximately 3×3 squares
  • Acetone or nail polish remover
  • Cotton pads or cotton balls
  • Orangewood stick

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Here’s how to safely remove gel polish:

  1. Gently buff the top coat to remove all shine – stop as soon as you hit the gel polish color.
  2. Soak a cotton pad/ball in the nail remover and place it on top of your nail. Tightly wrap your finger in the aluminum foil and repeat for all your nails (you can do one hand at a time if you feel more comfortable doing so).
  3. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes (no peeking!). You can gently press on the cotton pad from time to time to make sure it’s making full contact with your nail.
  4. Remove the foils and using an orangewood stick, try to push the gel polish off your nail starting from the cuticles to the free edge. The gel polish  should peel off easily but if there are any areas that don’t come off, don’t insist with the stick! Just soak off for a few more minutes!
  5. Using a soaked cotton pad clean any remaining gel polish off your nails and use your favorite cuticle treatment to hydrate your nails.

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Are you wearing any nail art with gel polish right now? Let us know in the comments below and then check out the latest gel collections from Madam Glam!

[Images: Instagram/@kjpnaildesigns, @nailartbyfreda]