How to remove glitter – The foil method

By | March 17, 2013


Hi there! My name is Elissa and I’m so excited to be bringing you my first post on Lacquerheads of Oz! 🙂

Let’s be honest. Most of us love glitter polishes. They’re so sparkly and eye-catching! But many of us will avoid buying or wearing the pretty glitters because they are such a pain to remove. That was definitely the case for me… until I found out about the “foil method” for removing glitter polish! You’ll never cringe at the thought of wearing (and having to remove) that sparkly goodness on your nails ever again!

You will need:


– A glitterfied manicure with the glitter polish of your choice (Pictured is China Glaze It’s A Trap-eze!)
– Aluminium foil – cut into squares. For reference mine are about 10 x 10 cm but they just need to be big enough to wrap around your finger tip.
– Your polish remover of choice
– Cotton balls or rounds


1. Saturate your cotton ball or pad with remover. I’m using 100% acetone but you can use whatever you like. 100% acetone is just the most effective in my opinion. You can buy 100% acetone from beauty supply stores or hardware stores. Place your saturated cotton piece on your nail.


2. Grab one of your foil squares and wrap your finger tip in foil. Make sure it’s firmly wrapped so that the polish remover doesn’t evaporate. Wait 5-10 minutes, depending on what sort of remover you’re using and how many coats of glitter you are wearing. I also recommend doing one hand at a time.


3. After your 5-10 minutes is up, you’re ready to remove the foil. I like to unwrap the foil carefully and then apply slight pressure and slide the cotton off the nail. All or most of your glitter polish should have slid off effortlessly! Any pieces of glitter left can be easily removed with another cotton piece and some remover.


4. Wash your hands thoroughly to remove any residue from the polish remover and apply a generous amount of your hand cream of choice because this method is drying. I used Revitanail Hand & Nail Cream.


No more scrubbing to remove those pesky glitters! I hope this tutorial helped you and that you can now go and enjoy your glitters!

Elissa is an Adelaide nail polish addict and blogger at Ten Little Nubs. When she’s not polishing her nails or thinking about polish, she’s into doing crafty things and Instagramming (@tenlittlenubs) or Tweeting (@tenlittlenubs)! Elissa also created the Aussie Nails Monday weekly nail art challenge.

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