Glitter removal a massive pain? Try the TIN FOIL TRICK...

Saturday, 23 February 2013

I've been meaning to do this post for a while, and for most of you this won't be news, but for those that aren't in the know, I swear, this will improve your life by 60%.  (This is a measured percentage figure and is the maximum amount of life improvement that you can achieve in one instance).

So, love glittery nail polish?  But; reduced to doom and hysteria trying to get it all off your nails?  Worry not, the answer is The Tin Foil Trick.  Here is a step by step guide of what you need to do.

For this you need:

Cotton wool pads
Scissors
Nail polish remover
Tin foil

Firstly, get your cotton pads and cut them up into small nail size pieces.


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Then cut up some tin foil into small pieces, about 5cm x 5cm.  Get your remover ready.  I prefer to use Cutex or Sally Hansen remover.  I go through remover so quickly but using a cheaper brand isn't always kind to my nails, so it's worth paying a bit more for better quality remover.


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So, ready to go?  Grab one of your small pads of cotton wool and soak this in polish remover, and then place this over your nail.  For the purpose of this demonstration I have about twenty million layers of glitter on my nails.


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Next, grab your tin foil, and wrap this around your finger and squeeze it around your finger to make sure it is tight.

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Repeat this process for all of your nails until you have SCARY ALIEN HANDS! 


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Now, you've got a few minutes now to wait for the magic to happen.  This is a good opportunity to show everyone else your SCARY ALIEN HANDS.  Now, I would like to take a moment to pre-warn you / apologise as you are about to see my naked nails.  This is not a pretty sight!  Basically, I should wear basecoat, blah, blah, massive stainage, whatever.  Anyway, I never leave the house without polish on so who cares what is underneath, right?  Anyway, I can't really show you how this works without showing you my sad manky mouldy looking naked nails, so basically you've been warned! 

So, leave your SCARY ALIEN HANDS in situ for about ten minutes, and then press down on your nail as you slide the tin foil and cotton wool off.


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And hey presto, polish removed!  As you can see, despite the fact I had covered my nails in a metric-fuckton of glitter, it's mostly all come off.  If you don't have a ridiculous amount of glitter on, it should just all slide off completely.  A quick tidy up using the conventional polish removing method will get rid of the rest of the polish.

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So, apologies to those who already know of this great method for glitter removal; I don't mean to teach people to suck eggs!  And for those that didn't; I hope this is useful!  I used to shy away from wearing glitter polish as the doom of the impending removal was enough to put me off... now it doesn't bother me at all.  So go forth and be sparkly everyone!

21 comments:

  1. I once stained my nails green using China Glaze Aqua Baby. I then decided as red and green are colour opposites, if I used red with out base it would stain back to neutral, right? well the blue died down somewhat but it took months to grow the lot out! I love using this method to remove glitter, it works better for me than glue bases. Does SH remover work ok for you? I used to do my nut with it, the best remover I have found is coop own brand stuff

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    1. Oh gosh, I've tried to stain out the stains with other colours and failed too! I've also tried; whitening toothpaste, denture cleaner, bleach, brown sauce (recommended by a friend but I suspect it was a wind up, I did it anyway!) and no success so I've just accepted the perma staining now! Lol.
      I didn't get on with the PVA base (well I've got the Essence peel off base but its the same thing) I felt like I was going to damage my nails picking it off!
      It's weird the Coop one works better for you, I've found that makes my nails a bit pesky but different things work better on different people don't they? Cutex is definitely my favourite though (and naturally the most expensive out of that bunch!)

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    2. * a bit PEELY, not pesky (damn autocorrect!)

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    3. I asked if SH remover worked and meant to put Cutex! Duh! I had a bottle of that stuff which barely lasted me a week, but that was when I was using kitchen roll rather than cotton wool pads, maybe the kitchen roll was soaking it up as I used PLENTY of the polish remover (bad joke....) the peely nails for me came after using a Boots remover.

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    4. Lol... Actually, I do go through it really quickly, but I just assumed thats because I paint my nails at least once a day (if not more if I'm swatching). Kitchen roll will definitely soak it up quicker though than cotton wool.

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  2. My nails are really awful quality and all chipped/flaking/braking underneath .... all the more reason for me to come up with lovely nail-art to cover it up! I do try to look after them but they remain crappy.

    Anyhow thanks for the tutorial, I vaguely knew about this method but hadn't tried it cos wasn't sure what was really meant by wrapping foil round them, but the pictures have shown me nicely, and also you've said how long to leave them for which is helpful! :-D And lastly, my nails will thank this method of glitter removal, my previous method consisted of pretty much picking it off!

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    1. Glad it's helpful! I used to pick it off too! Bad idea,lol.

      I am so sad I had to show my naked nails but there is no other way of demonstrating it, but even when I use basecoat they always end up slightly stained anyway because they are never allowed to breathe, but anyway; polished nails are much prettier!

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  3. I like the method - my only issue is that I have excema right under my nails (which also gives me delightful ridges in my nails when it's really bad because it affects the growth.) I'd have to be really careful wrapping the soaked pad that it didn't get on my finger - it might work for my 1 or 2 unaffected nails. I was thinking this is perhaps why I don't post my nails either, my fingers can look all gross from time to time not like other nail bloggers pretty hands!! :D By the way I bought Greenberry this morning ;-)

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    1. Ah, perhaps if you used an acetone free it might be a bit kinder to your hands?

      Yay for Greenberry! Gosh, I have been a bad influence on you this week, lol. I am going to whip that out again later, I have an idea for getting it to work with the textured polishes, so watch this space!

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  4. I was going to do a tutorial on this but now you have done one I am just going to link people to you when they ask about removal instead. ;)

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    1. Lol :clone: again!

      I keep saying "oh erm hello TIN FOIL METHOD" to people recently and getting vacant / :cheerup: type looks so I thought this would do the trick! Lol x

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  5. Yes you have been a bad influence and if the other half asks I'll swear you twisted my arm physically and made me buy them. Haven't tried the marbling yet but did do a very successful stamp with Barry M gold foil effects over the Lychee - very delicate and my first real successful stamp!

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the textures :D

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    1. Hahaha!

      That sounds a lovely combo!

      I had a bit of a go on Saturday night but I was wine soaked/impatient so it ended up a bit rubbish, but I am going to keep persevering! It's my target for this week!

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  6. This is a brilliant trick for getting rid of glitter. I've started using those rubber finger cones (used for page turning) instead of the foil now; these make it even quicker and you never need to worry about running out of foil.

    You can get the finger cones from Amazon for about £2-3 for a set of ten. I've been using mine for about six months now and they're not showing any signs of wear :)

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    1. Oh that's a great idea...! I will take a lookie! Thanks! x

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  7. This is brilliant! I've been explaining this technique for years to people after my nail technician taught it to me - now I'll just be able to link them straight up to you.

    As usual, it's a great, clear tutorial.

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  8. i know the best way to not have stained nails! it worked for every1 i know!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xD

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  9. omg...this is soooo helpful! thank you!

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