I'm a fan of glitter polishes. This should come as no surprise to those of you who have been with me all summer, given my love for lacquers like Deborah Lippmann's Razzle Dazzle and Ruby Red Slippers. When it comes down to it, I love everything that sparkles. But what I don't like is how difficult those glitter polishes are to remove. Some of them are nearly impossible to get off my nails, and as I have no patience at all, I had to find a good way to remove that glitter.
Enter the "foil method" of removal. In this method, you soak cotton pads in nail polish remover, wrap the cotton around your fingertips, then wrap foil around the cotton to hold it to the tips of your fingers, and wait 3-5 minutes for the remover to do its job. It's an effective method, but I had some issues with it--namely, I can never wrestle the foil onto my fingertips tightly enough to hold the soaked cotton on my fingertips. If I moved a muscle, the entire thing would fall off uselessly.
So I came up with my own soaking method and it's worked wonders. I'm going to walk you through it:
First. you're going to need cotton pads, nail polish remover, and latex gloves (you can get a box of 100 for about $7.99 at Sally Beauty Supply). Once you've gathered your supplies, it's time to get to work.
Okay, here are my gnarly. abused, way-past-their-expiration-date nails. I'm wearing Lippmann's Bad Romance, which is incredibly stubborn.
First off, soak your cotton pads and wrap one around each fingertip. It gets a little tricky when you do your entire hand, but if you just hold the pads in place for a few seconds as you move onto the next step, you'll be fine. Just remember to do only one hand at a time. Once you've gotten that glove on, you'll have no trouble doing the other hand.
Next, pull on the latex glove. This is great because the glove holds pressure on the fingertips, allowing the polish remover to really sink in, and because it's secure--no foils to fall off with no warning! As a matter of fact, I don't even sit still and wait on this. Instead, I go about my business for a few minutes.
After enough time has elapsed you can pull the gloves (and your polish) right off! It's like a Christmas miracle, I tell you! The glitter slides right off the nails.
So, there's my take on foil removal of glitter polishes. Give it a try--I think you'll like it!