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How to Remove Your Glitter Nail Polish without a Fuss

Glitter nails polishes are a fantastic way to add some sparkle to your day. I’m particularly fond of lacquers with super chunky glitter pieces. As much fun as it is to wear these polishes, they can be real pain to remove. It takes a lot of time, a lot of patience, and a lot of nail polish remover to wrestle that stuff off.

I recently read about a trick using all-purpose, non-toxic glue as a base coat under glitter coats for easier removal. The glue allows the polish to be gently peeled away with an orangewood stick or plastic cuticle pusher. No soaking, rubbing, and cursing required! I knew I had to try it for myself. Check out the steps for the glue and glitter nail polish trick and see the results!

  • Glue and Glitter Nail Polish Trick 1 of 14
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  • Materials 2 of 14
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    You will need:

    Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover
    Cotton pads
    All-purpose non-toxic white glue (I used Elmer's School Glue)
    Small cup for the glue
    Small paintbrush
    Glitter nail polish (I used Revlon Nail Enamel in Carbonite and Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in In The Spotlight)
    Top Coat (I used Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat)
    Orangewood stick or plastic cuticle pusher

  • Prep Nails 3 of 14
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    I always start by prepping my nails and cuticles as shown in this post. Wipe each nail with nail polish remover to make sure nails are free of any oils.

  • Prepare Glue 4 of 14
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    Pour out a little glue into a small container. I used an old medicine cup.

  • Apply Glue 5 of 14
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    Using an old paintbrush, apply a thin layer of non-toxic glue to your nails. Rinse your brush well after applying the glue and it won't be a bit worse for the wear.

  • Dry Completely 6 of 14
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    When the glue is completely dry, it will look clear and matte. It should not feel sticky to the touch.

  • Apply First Coat of Polish 7 of 14
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    I started with a layer of fine shimmer polish with tiny flecks of iridescent glitter.

  • Apply Second Coat of Polish 8 of 14
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    I added a fun chunky glitter on top of the fine shimmer to see how this trick would perform with different types of glitter.

  • Apply Top Coat 9 of 14
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    Finish with a clear top coat and allow your nails to dry completely.

  • The One Downside: Be Gentle with Your Nails 10 of 14
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    This trick did not for any longer-lasting nails than a typical polish application and you have to be gentle with it. I'm horribly rough on my nails. Here is how it looks the next day after I played with my kid, made dinner, did the dishes, and took a shower.

  • Start Removing at the Base of Your Nail 11 of 14
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    Use an orangewood stick or a plastic cuticle pusher to gently push the glue and polish away starting at the base of your nail.

  • Remove Polish 12 of 14
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    Once you have pushed up one corner, the rest of the polish easily pops off.  No sweat!

  • Clean Up Edges 13 of 14
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    Grab your nail polish remover and cotton pad and clean up any areas around your nails that may have polish on them. As you can see, there isn't a lot left to remove.

  • Be Impressed 14 of 14
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    Now you are back where you started! This technique was so simple and made removing glitter polish as snap! I will definitely use this trick every time I apply a glitter polish in the future. It's not super long-lasting but I will gladly trade that for the annoyance-free removal.

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