6 Beauty Treatments That Are a B!*ch to Remove -- and the Best Ways to Get Them Off
Glitter nail polish. Eyelash extensions. Waterproof mascara. All fun to wear -- all a nightmare to take off. Here's how to remove makeup and other beauty treatments that are notoriously a pain in the you-know-where to remove
How to remove gel manicuresGel manicures can last up to four weeks, but once it's time to switch up your color, you'll have to make another appointment with your salon to get your mani removed. Removing the gel requires soaking your nails in 100 percent acetone, which isn't readily available in stores (tip: you may be able to find it in a hardware store). While it's recommended you remove gel manicures at the salon, if you want to save the $15, Beth Fricke, manicure artist for OPI with ArtistsbyTimothyPriano.com, shares how to remove gel manicures at home.
Step 1: Soak a cotton ball with acetone.
Step 2: Place the cotton on the nail and wrap each finger in aluminum foil, which will soften the gel lacquer. Leave on for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Remove the cotton and foil, and scrape off softened gel with a birchwood stick.
Step 4: If the surface of your nail is rough, gently buff the nail.
Step 5: Apply a nail strengthener, then generously apply cuticle oil to the nails and cuticles. We recommend CND SolarOil, $7.99.
While Samira Asemanfar, founder of Bellacures, says this process can be drying, it's a far better option then peeling off the gel polish. "For the love of nails do not peel them off!" she says. "While it seems like an easy way to remove the gel layer, without soaking them in acetone, you'll end up peeling off the first layer of your nail bed as well, which will severely weaken your nails." Fricke also loves CND Shellac Remover Wraps, $3.99, which are cotton pads that have adhesive tabs so that all you have to do is soak them in acetone and wrap them around your nails.
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