Sometimes a basic manicure just doesn't cut it. Acrylic nails and false tips help keep your nail game tight, and they're pretty low maintenance. That glue, though, is not—it might be good for keeping your fake nails intact, but taking it off is kind of a mess. Here's how to get rid of the residual gunk in just a few gentle yet effective steps. Fill a large microwavable bowl halfway to the top with water. Heat it in the microwave for 1 minute or until the water is hot. Pour acetone nail polish remover into a small bowl and place it within the large bowl of water. Use a pure acetone product. The heat from the water makes the acetone more effective in dissolving the glue. Dip your nails into the nail polish remover. Place a towel over top of your hand and the two bowls to contain the warmth. Soak your nails for 5 minutes, then remove them from the bowl and gently pat them dry. Smooth a nail buffer across the glue, using a quick back-and-forth motion until it loosens. The nail polish remover and heat should have broken the bond that held the glue to the nail. Soak a cotton pad in baby oil. Rub it over the nail using a gentle circular motion to remove any remaining residue. The baby oil also soothes and moisturizes the nail to prevent breakage.
If glue gets on the skin, soak a cotton pad in acetone nail polish remover and gently rub the area with it. Soaking the skin and using a nail buffer is too abrasive.