How To Quickly And Completely Remove Stubborn Glitter Nail Polish

Or why you should never hesitate to apply glitter polish again.
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Or why you should never hesitate to apply glitter polish again.

This is one of those old-school tricks employed by nail pros and glitter fiends around the globe. I learned about it from a friend while sipping a blueberry vodka tonic and lamenting, with much heartache, the woes of removing glitter nail polish.

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On one hand, I bemoaned, glitter is fabulous and fun and evokes girlish dreams of times gone by. On the other… it's a pain in the you-know-what.

Her response? "Girl, that's an easy fix. Check this out!"

And from that fateful evening forward, I was never the same hesitant-to-use-glitter-on-my-nails girl again. 

Nor shall you be, either, my dears. So please, don't thank me. Thank my friend--and the many women before her who use this trick--the next time you're trying to decide if a glitter mani is actually worth all the trouble. Because you know what? A sparkling, shimmering, glimmering nail job actually breeds no trouble at all.

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Here's what we're working with, ladies. That's three coats of a holographic glitter top coat. It's thick and amazing and it ain't comin' off with a simple swipe of nail polish remover. And don't even think about soaking your finger in one of those frigid tubs of acetone-soaked sponges. ::shudder::

First, grab yourself some cotton balls. I usually only have the jumbo cotton balls, so I tear them in half.

First, grab yourself some cotton balls. I usually only have the jumbo cotton balls, so I tear them in half.

Now douse that bad boy with your favorite nail polish remover.

Now douse that bad boy with your favorite nail polish remover.

Next, place the cotton ball on the offending, glitter-coated finger.

Next, place the cotton ball on the offending, glitter-coated finger.

Then wrap it up in some aluminum foil. You could also use plastic wrap, but I've found that aluminum foil works best.

Then wrap it up in some aluminum foil. You could also use plastic wrap, but I've found that aluminum foil works best.

Quick explanation: The reason you wrap the cotton ball in foil is so the remover doesn't evaporate. Plus, the foil presses the cotton ball onto the nail and helps the remover penetrate deep down.

Repeat this process on all your glittery nails and wait for about five minutes. You can pretend that you are a funny beauty alien while waiting, if you like.

After you've finished scaring people in your house with your smelly aluminum foil fingers, gently remove the foil and cotton ball. You can see that, upon doing so, some of the glitter polish had already come off of my nail.

After you've finished scaring people in your house with your smelly aluminum foil fingers, gently remove the foil and cotton ball. You can see that, upon doing so, some of the glitter polish had already come off of my nail.

If you have any glitter left on your nail, like I did, just use the same cotton ball and gently rub. It will come off with no problem.

If you have any glitter left on your nail, like I did, just use the same cotton ball and gently rub. It will come off with no problem.

Now, go forth and apply all the glitter.