Glitter is always difficult to remove with nail polish. The method that I use when I feel lazy is a few thick coats of base coat underneath any glitter polish and then I just peel it off when I'm done. The best way to remove glitter polish is soaking a cotton ball in pure acetone and putting it on top of the nail then wrapping that in tin foil. Remove after 5 minutes and the polish should just slide off.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
I'll try to answer your questions, though I confess that it was a bit confusing to read them. You ask what is the best way to remove the glitter, then say you mean what's the best way to clean up the table, the carpet, and so on. I'm not sure if you're asking about the application or about taking the glitter off of your nails for your next manicure. I'll give you my tips on both things and hope they work for you too! :-)
First, how do you clean up the glitter off the table, the floor and so on. I can only guess at whether you were being really serious about the floor and carpet and all that. Honestly, I'd have to fling the stuff around to make that kind of thing happen. Also, I rarely have nuch left on the table or whatever surface I was working on. The tiny little bit that makes it out of the jar that isn't stuck to my wet nail is caught on a piece of, believe it or not, parchment paper. I buy parchment paper in a roll like foil and plastic wrap come on, to cover cookie sheets and cake pan bottoms when baking instead of having to grease the pans. It works great for baking, and it works great as a way to have a clean separate workspace for doing my glitter nails! I think typing paper would also work just as well.
I always cover my work surface before I do my nails anyway, because sure enough someday I will have an "oops" moment and I'll be really glad that paper was between the polish and/or glitter and my tabletop! I'm a professional makeup artist, and I am able to put on acrylics and gels, do nail art, etc. I do a few friends and my own nails and that's it. Working on nails was never the part of it that I really enjoyed. Doesn't even hold a candle to how much I've enjoyed the past 25+ years getting paid to play with makeup! LOL
Even with the paper to catch excess that can then be funneled back into the jar afterwards, there is never all that much for me to put back. It's not because I'm a professional...that's why I mentioned that I don't really enjoy doing nails enough to be as skilled as a professional manicurist is. It's because I plan ahead, I go slow, and I pay attention to detail. It's worth the time and patience. So, working over a clean/clear surface that's protected by paper I apply the lacquer (clear or color) & then "dip" that wet nail into the top of the jar. I tip the container with one hand and place my fingertip against the glitter in the jar, rather then shoving my whole finger into it...keeps things neater and less risk of smearing around the wet lacquer too. Sure, a little sticks to my skin just at the edges of my fingernails, but not much. I use a an old soft bristled lipcolor brush once the nail is dry from the topcoat to gently sweep those little bits back into the jar.
Neatness & attention to the details...planning ahead for clean up basically...and patience...taking your time and not hurrying through the process...is really the absolute best advice I can give you.
You also asked what the difference is between this glitter and the glitter you can buy in a craft store. The short answer is "everything". From the size of each individual piece, to the type of "glitsy shine" it gives off, to the thickness...all of those things are very different. In particular nail glitters are sooo fine, and are as thin as can be. It has to be that thin and that small to lay flat on the nail surface. Store bought glitters, even the better quality ones used for crafting is too thick, too big and just too chunky to use for fingernails. I've seen gals who've tried it and there are always little bits sticking up through the top coat snagging on their clothes and stuff...they never do it twice! Using craft glitter is a personal choice. For me, the way I look at it is if I'm going to spend the time it takes to put a glitter finish on my nails, I'm going to use the best glitter I can find, and I'm going to work slowly and not rush anything so I don't have to do any of my nails over during the process. (nothing irks me more than having to go back and redo a nail I've messed up because I hurried through my manicure!) I keep in the front of my mind to take my time, get it right, because that way it'll last awhile and look nice...in short, the end product will be worth the time and effort! What the end product is, and how we get there, what products we use, and so on...all a personal choice. If you want to try craft store glitter I don't see why you shouldn't experiment! :-)
Finally, I saved your very first question for last. How do you remove glitter from your nails when it's time to do your nails again. The answer here will be different depending on whether you choose to use this nail glitter or you decide to go with craft glitter. The pieces are so big in the craft glitter that it won't come off without a long soak in an acetone polish remover. Sort of like soaking off UV Gel Lacquer. I've used this glitter three times now and I don't really have much trouble getting it off with my regular remover. I use a cotton square, and after I wet it with the polish remover, press it against my nail and hold it for about 30 seconds or so. Then I wipe straight down from cuticle to the edge. Repeat as necessary just like any other polish removing you do. The craft glitter you will have to soak each nail, and depending on how big each piece is, it'll take longer than you might think to dissolve the lacquer between the glitter and your nail. Truthfully, I think that right there is enough reason for me personally not to go the craft glitter route. I hate soaking my nails like that!
Sorry my answer is so lengthy. I know I can be a bit wordy sometimes! I just hope I was helpful to you! Good luck whichever way you decide to go! Tis the season to be "sparkly" !!!
Bree In NJ
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