How to Remove Gel Nail Polish At Home

The following is a guest post from our friends at The Beauty Department.

You can’t plan for everything. A few nights ago I realized a couple of my gel nails were lifting at the tip and one was splitting on the side. They were just about to hit their expiration date. I had two parties to stop by that night, but couldn’t get in to see my manicurist because the whole world was getting their nails done last week. So I made the decision to take them off at home and wear my natural nails for the next couple days, then go in after the first of the year to have them put back on.

I did everything the same way my manicurist does in the nail salon and it turned out pretty well. I wouldn’t recommend doing this unless you’re in a pinch like I was, but the alternative is ripping them off or going to someone else (which I will not). I did one hand at a time and had no problems.

Here’s wha't you'll need: a piece of paper (I used a paper placemat), pure acetone, five cotton balls, 10 pieces of foil (I tore mine into 3″x 3″ squares), a wood or metal orange stick, nail file, nail buffer. For complete step-by-step instructions, please visit

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