Thursday, 8 August 2013

Glitter Removal {Image Heavy}

I have been showing you a lot of glitter manicures lately, and although they are really pretty and eye-catching, they can be a pain to remove. Now unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of the “foil method” for removing glitter. The idea is very simple, and very effective, so on the off-chance that you don’t quite know how to do it, I thought I would show you my way of doing it.

The mani I’m removing here, is my gradient with Shimmer Polish ~ Lorene.

 

Items needed:

  • Acetone based remover
  • Tin foil/kitchen foil
  • 3 Cotton pads
  • Scissors

 

 

Step 1:

Cut up your cotton pads into quarters. You will need to cut two pads into four, and one pad into three (two quarters and one half). Cut out strips of foil, and then cut these into pieces. I get four pieces from each strip of foil, but your foil may be of different width, so just cut pieces you think will fit when wrapped around your finger.

 

Step 2:

Line up your foil pieces and place one thoroughly acetone soaked (not dripping, mind!) piece of cotton pad on each one. If you take the time to prep a bit here, it will be easier once you start trying to fumble everything in place with foil fingers!

 

 

 

Step 3:

Place your finger with the nail on the soaked cotton pad, and fold the top of the foil over it. Then wrap the ends of the foil snugly against your finger.

 

Step 4:

You have a choice to either do both hands at once, or one at a time. I like to live life on the edge, so I do both hands at once.

Once you are all wrapped up, you need to let this sit for a while. I would suggest checking after 5-10 minutes, but carefully, so you can pop your little foil finger hat back on if necessary.

 

 

Step 5:

When it’s time to remove your foil tips, press down a bit on the nail, and wiggle the foil slightly from side to side as you pull it off. After this I wash my hands and use a nail brush to get rid of loose glitter pieces. Finally I use my left-over half of cotton pad to remove the last little pieces. Waste not want not and all that!

 

And here you can see just how effective it is! It’s a little bit faffy, but sure beats sitting there swearing over stubborn glitter that just.won’t.come.off!