Tutorial: easy, safe removal of gel nails DIY

Hi Glamifys,

Gel nails are a lot more difficult to remove. You cannot simply damp a cotton pad with acetone and remove it. It takes much more patience to remove gel polishes so get ready to spend at least 20 minutes on this process.

** I understand that it cost about $20 SGD to do a soak off at the salons. However, it’s a lot cheaper to do it at home in the long run**

So here are the things you will need ( I have included the price at which I paid @ enamour beauty far east plaza) :

1. Pure Acetone: this is not the same as nail polish remover. Pure acetone is a lot stronger and damaging to your bare nails. So make sure you only use this on the gel. 960ml for $69.90

2. Rough Nail File: I use OPI 150 edge $9.90

3. white block: necessary to smooth out ur nails after the whole process

4. aluminium foil: u can use whatever u have at home. Just cut into small square pieces that you can wrap your finger with

5. cotton pad: tiny square pieces slightly larger than your fingernails

6. orange stick or cuticle pusher: needed to slowly scrap off soft gel



Here’s how you do it:

1. use file and buff off the top layer of the gel. I usually buff off until the colour or glitter come off. However, once you see your natural nail colour showing, please stop filing. You do not want to destroy your natural nails by over buffing.


2. wet your cotton pad with acetone and place it on your nail. Wrap aluminium foil around finger to prevent evaporation.


4. wait 10 minutes and neatly remove the foil. Use the same cotton pad to gently wipe away any gel that has come loose. Use the orange stick or cuticle pusher and scrap off any gel that can easily come off. You might have a few pieces of gel that are still stubborn. Do not forcefully scrap these off.

5. place back the cotton pad and aluminium foil back on the nail and finger to soak for another 5 mins before doing step 4 again. Re-wet the cotton pad as needed.

6. once all gel have been removed, use the white block to gently buff the nails and smoothen the surface out.


Just a reminder:

– nails are usually very soft once you remove the gel

– do not over buff or file the nail so that the nail doesn’t become excessively soft and painful

– nails might be very dehydrated. Use either cuticle oil over the entire nail bed and cuticles or you can opt for nail strengtheners.

– I do recommend leaving the nail bare for about a few weeks before putting any chemical on it.

– take calcium and magnesium supplements to boost nail growth and strength if it gets too soft

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Happy Monday everyone!


Glamify Sg

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