Beauty Tip: How To Take Your Shellac Manicure Off At Home (In Under 3 Minutes)

I’ve been loving the shellac manicure for a few months now. I know it costs more than your average manicure, but you have perfect nails for 2 weeks straight!!! That is SO worth the money to me.

If you aren’t sure what a shellac manicure is, then check out the great summary from Good Housekeeping. Basically, the process and materials make the manicure last for as long as two weeks, which is so much longer than typical, polish-only manicure lasts. 

shellac manicure foil on fingertips

Anyway, yesterday I went to get a shellac manicure and my manicurist said she wanted to take my nail polish off a different way. Typically, you have to sit and soak the shellac polish off, but this way is MUCH BETTER.

She took a cotton ball and submerged it in 99% acetone, placed it on my nail and then wrapped the whole thing with foil. After 2 minutes or so, she pulled each piece of foil off and removed the layer off with one easy scrape.

They use a tool to push the polish off – you will need to buy this as well. It looks like this:

cuticle manicure tool

I’m pretty sure it’s the cuticle cutter. The flat side (top right).

If you wanted to try to take your shellac manicure polish off at home – here’s how! I haven’t personally tried it yet, but I can tell you that this method is a lot quicker than the soaking one.

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  1. I was going crazy yesterday trying to remove my shellac mani myself since I was going out and hadn’t had time to redo it yet. My friend told me to just file the back down a bit and polish over it in the meantime…which worked but I will definitely try this!

    Posted 3.3.12
  2. rajvir birk wrote:

    I tried this and it took the shellac right off my nails. Thanks and I didn’t have to use a cuticle cutter i just used a nail file.

    Posted 6.2.12

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