How to remove your semi-permanent varnish at home?

The main advantage of semi-permanent varnish is its longevity. It can easily last 15 to 20 days without chipping or breaking. To remove it and avoid damaging the nail, it is often advisable to remove it in an institute. However, institutes do not always have space, or are closed (during lockdowns, for example). So how do you remove it without tearing it off and damaging your nails at home? We explain it to you in a few steps.

Materials needed to remove the semi-permanent varnish:

  • A nail file
  • A polishing block
  • A plastic bowl
  • A roll of aluminium foil
  • A cuticle pusher or a small spoon
  • 10 make-up removal discs or cotton wool
  • Acetone remover or pure acetone
  • A cuticle or special nail oil

6 steps to remove your semi-permanent varnish at home :

  1. File your nails until the polish becomes dull. It is important to use a gentle, non-aggressive technique so as not to damage your nails. The purpose of the nail file is to remove the first layer (the top coat);
  2. Next, dip your cotton pads or make-up remover discs into a plastic bowl containing nail polish remover. For it to be effective, it must be with acetone. You can also choose pure acetone. Once they are well soaked, wrap them around each nail. To hold them in place, wrap them with thin pieces of aluminium foil. Our tip: pre-cut 15 to 20 strips of foil before you start.
  3. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the foil pieces one by one. Then rub the cotton wool over the nail. This will remove some of the material. Remove the rest of the material with the cuticle pusher or the handle of a teaspoon.
  5. If all the varnish does not come off, repeat the operation. That is, put cotton wool with acetone back on, and seal with aluminium foil.
  6. When you have a few traces of nail polish left, remove them with the polishing block. Always be gentle.

Taking care of your nails after removing them:

File the nail to restore its shape and massage the nail with a natural oil. This will moisturize and nourish your nails and cuticles.

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