How To Remove Gel Nail Polish At Home: Step-By-Step Guide 

Written by Anushka ShahMay 16, 2024
How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home: Step-by-Step Guide 

Wondering what is today’s modern beauty mainstay, well it has to be the literal unhinged and non-chipping market fav; gel polish. Once a niche service reserved for the affluent, this nail polish is now affordable and available to one and all. And of course, the beauty girls who understand niceness don't only have to look nice but also have to have longevity, resort to gel polish. And if you’re still in the dark about what this magic nail polish type is all about or are just curious to put what you know into those technical words. Well, we’ve got your back (and your nails) then. So, scroll and prep for a gel polish info roll. 

What is Gel Nail Polish?

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In short term, it’s fabulous but in longer term these polishes are comprised of strong ingredients that cling onto your nails tightly and follow the anti-chip policy. So much so, you can be digging for your phone or your bag or opening the tightly sealed pickle lid, you don’t need to worry about the paint chipping! Plus, it also makes your nails stronger (don’t take that for granted tho!) Cured under a UV or LED lamp, a gel mani makes your colour of choice cure in oxygen - making the polish’s bond super duper tight! Plus, their intact game is not easily wiped off by acetone, a bit requires a bit more - which is why you gotta dip your nails in polish remover for at least 10 minutes to get the gel off.  


Now that we’ve enlightened you beauty babes all about the world of gel, here’s a look into how you can incorporate this polish power into your life while aligning it with the world's trending aesthetic. We’re going to be talking about all the hot and happening hues and some art insights you can take on. Hold tight!  

Gel Nail Polish Trending Colours 

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When girls go for those ornate art designs it’s always and always done on a gel bed, only because the gel is like a superglow that holds the nail technician’s creativity for weeks to come.  Initially, the trending gel look was swirls; the internet saw all sorts of them, monochrome, fusion and many more. This then moved into the comic nails (mind you, each one different) while some nails were deep yellow smilies, the others were decorated with lightning bolts - to say, the world really went ALL out. However, now the world after  all that gel drama and detail has resorted to the wave of minimalism - and tbh, we aren’t complaining.  

Echoing with the saying, less is more, this bandwagon is all about subdued hues and low effort art. We’re talking, light pinks, beiges, creams, whites and browns AKA the cake family. Matching with today’s clean girl aesthetic; these colours and toned down shades make for the perfect easy art - coloured tips and literally, just one coloured nails. If you’re looking for those trending hues or just want to stock up some for the lazy ‘let me just simply paint my tips at home days’ we suggest falling back on Lakmé nail polishes. The ones that are perfect to stay on top of your style game are: Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist Colour Value Set. Allowing you to club all the colours of your choice, this package deal can allow you to put your best fashion foot forward in just a few strokes. Get your grip on ‘em as good as the gel gets a grip on you.  

Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home: Step-by-Step Guide  

Yes, we’ve updated you about all things gel polish and now that you know all about the application  nuances, let’s also tell you about the removal process. At times going to the salon to literally get rid of your nail polish may feel cumbersome, which is why you may be tempted to DIY! In such cases, we’re here for you for it’ll help you save the coin and some time. So, get your notepads ready for we’re about to shed some light on how to remove gel polish at home! 

Step 1: Buff 

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These can get some muscles to use because you literally have to rub the colour off your nails and that’s kinda intense if you were planning for a self-care/ relaxed day at the spa. For starters, you’ll have to file your nails, so they’re all the same size and shape to begin with. Once done, get buffing; moving the file on your nails to get rid of the top coat and to see your bare nails, gel polish-less. So, cut to the chase and get to work. 

Step 2:  Soak it up 

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Now we’re going to emulsify all that product with the right tools and they’re nothing sharp but stuff that you probably see and use regularly; nail polish remover, cotton balls and tin foil. To begin with, soak the cotton balls in your regular nail polish remover, place the cotton on your nails and wrap it in tin foil. To expedite the soaking process, wrap a hot towel around your fingers. And viola, just with a little bit of patience, you’re mastering the ‘how to remove gel polish at home’ process! Good for you.  

PS: Ladies, be careful about the polish remover you choose to opt for. Most of them are loaded with harmful chemicals that can corrode your nails over time. Which is why, we swear by the safest name in town - the Lakme Nail Colour Remover. Enriched with Vitamin C, this formula undeniably goes the extra mile for your nails.  

Step 3: Peel off 

how to remove gel polish at home

After your nails are soaked in acetone, the gel will automatically peel off. For spots that are sticking a little longer, gently use a cuticle pusher to get the rest of the colour off. Follow it up with a swipe of acetone, cuticle oil and buffing and you’ll be all set to start a new manicure! If not, allow your nails to breathe and rest. After all, after carrying the weight of unwavering polish a little breathing time is necessary. 

And that’s it you’re all done with - how to remove gel polish at home.  

FAQs about Removing Gel nail Polish at Home   

Because we ‘gelled’ well, here’s us answering all your Qs! 

Q1 Does gel polish damage nails? 

Giving you the truth and nothing but the truth, gel polish certainly does take a toll on your nails.Its prolonged use can dehydrate your nails, making them dry, brittle, and fragile! 

Q2 Do gel nail polishes expire? 

Yes, they do! Regular nail polish lasts for around 18 to 24 months and gel nail polish lasts for around 24 to 36 months. However, if they’re unopened they’ll last the longest so if you plan on uncapping one, ensure you’ll be using it. 

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