Elle Fanning famously showed off her OTT acrylic nails, complete with hanging charms, on the Met Gala red carpet this year. Acrylic nails are great, are super fun and make heads turn. But any girl who gets her nails done regularly knows just how important it is to remove them safely without damaging your nail bed.

If you have struggled with removing acrylic nails or just want to know if there are hassle-free ways of getting them off in the comfort of your home, this is what you need to do.

Things you need:

  • Acetone
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail clipper
  • Filer
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Foil 
Step 1: Clip
 

Step 1: Clip

Start by clipping the excess length and make your nails as short as possible.

Step 2: File

File away the top coat, polish and the bulk of the acrylic nail. Doing so will help you avoid any messy colours from getting on to your hand.

Step 3: Petroleum jelly

Apply a thin layer of Vaseline Original Pure Skin Jelly on the skin surrounding the cuticles which is in contact with the nail bed. Petroleum jelly will protect your skin from the acetone.

Step 4: Soak

Take a cotton ball, soak it in acetone and place it on your fingernail. Wrap the cotton ball with a foil. Another alternative is to soak your nails in a bowl of acetone. Make sure you keep your fingers and hands away and simply dip your nail tips in acetone.

Step 5: Wait

Whatever method you’re using, the key to removing acrylic nails safely at home is to wait patiently for at least 15 minutes and let the acetone work by breaking down the product.

Step 6: Pull

Pull the foil gently and the acrylic nail should come off with it easily. If you feel resistance, then let the foil remain wrapped for a few more minutes.

Step 7: Hydrate

Lastly, apply some cuticle oil to your nail beds and cuticles so that they don’t look dull and dry. Massage your cuticles with the oil for a couple of minutes for hydration.

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