How to Carefully Remove False Nails



  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • A small bowl (such as a glass or old plastic bowl)
  • Cotton balls
  • Petroleum jelly


  1. Place a cloth or a few layers of old newspaper on the surface where you will be performing this.
  2. Fill you bowl with just enough acetone to cover your submerged nails.


  1. Use your nail clippers to trim the acrylic tips of your nails as low as possible (without cutting into your nail bed, of course).
  2. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on your cuticles and the skin at the tips of your fingers (that area that's underneath nails as they grow). Applying the petroleum jelly will prevent these sensitive areas of your fingers from drying out and becoming sensitive from the acetone.
  3. Soak your nail in the acetone for at least fifteen (15) minutes. This should be sufficient enough time for the acrylic to have loosened up and make it ease removal.
  4. Dip your cotton balls in the acetone. Beginning at the cuticle and moving towards the tip, gently rub the ball on your fingernail to remove the acrylic. Repeat step three (3) and step four (4) as necessary.
  5. In case the tips of your nails are ragged, use your nail file to even the tips.
  6. Use your nail buffer to remove any remaining traces of acrylic.
  7. Wash and dry your hands.


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