Backstage at one of the New York runway shows, I spotted a manicurist doing something I had never seen before: Taking dark black nail polish off a model's hands in just one clean swipe! As someone who spends over a half hour--and uses almost an entire bag of cotton balls--each time I remove dark polish off my nails, I just had to stop and ask for the manicurist for her secret. What she told me was eye-opening--and time-saving! The steps for speedy dark-polish removal...
Remove nail polish wherever you might be with these great polish remover towelettes.
Step 1: The CND manicurist put a bit of CND SolarOil right around the cuticles and just under the nail tips. The key here is the oil keeps the dark stuff from creeping into those little crevices and leaving that dreaded "I washed my hands in ink"-like stain.
Step 2: Save the cotton balls for your eye makeup removal. Instead, and a plastic-backed cotton pad (available at beauty supply stores) which soaks in remover without totally crumpling the cotton.
Step 3: Once you place the pad on your fingernail, press it down gently and then vibrate it in tiny side to side motions quickly. This loosens the polish without smearing it around. Then just pull the pad straight off toward the tip and most (if not all) the polish should come off.
So there you have it! I, for one, can't wait to try these tips--I'm planning on painting my toes navy and I'm already looking forward to the now fuss-free removal process.
How about you guys: Do you have trouble removing dark polishes? Anyone find an effective strategy for getting it off? Did the messy removal process force anyone to give up on the dark stuff entirely?--by Beth Shapouri
--image via beautymarked.com.au
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