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How to Remove Gel Nail Polish Yourself

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Written by emilyc

Honestly, up until now, removing my gel manicures consisted of forcibly peeling off the stubborn polish along with most layers of my nails. This would leave behind thin, frail, unattractive fingernails similar to what Anne Hathaway looked like in Les Misérables. The last thing anyone needs is to be reminded of that, which is why everyone should have the knowledge of how to properly remove their gel manicures. Your nails, and ultimately the world, will thank you.

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What you need:

cotton balls

aluminum foil


How to do it:

Step 1 – Soak cotton in acetone

Step 2 – Place soaked cotton on nail, then wrap with foil

Step 3 – Let set for 10 mins.

Step 4 – Remove foil, peel off polish, and file!


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About the author


Emily is a New Yorker trapped in a Floridian's body and loves every minute of her big city life. With a major in international business and years of being surrounded by ill-fitting suits and all the wrong shoes, she learned that the importance of fashion needs to be communicated to the world. To her, fashion is on the same level as charity work and feeding hungry children. Emily can be found frolicking the streets of her gayborhood enjoying the off-color humor of the gays.

1 Comment

  • The acetone they use at the nail salon to remove gel manicures has a higher acetone content than the regular nail polish remover you can get at the drug store. This method doesn’t usually work for me if I use regular nail polish remover.

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