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The leftover look after a Shelac manicure purchased through Groupon is the horror you see above. I couldn’t bring myself to pay $15+ to have the salon take it off, so I picked up a bottle of $1.99 Pure Acetone and went to soaking. If you regular polish on your nails, a basic nail polish remover will work just fine.
After soaking, remove the old polish with a tissue or cotton ball.
Then it’s time to clean up everything else.
The buffer was $1.50 at Dollar General…and it has the sections numbered with instructions. Makes it pretty easy to know what to do for a very low cost.
Then, the next step is to clip and clean up the edges.
And buff, though this picture doesn’t show it very well.
Then, soak the fingers in some warm, soapy water to soften the cuticles. I used a cuticle stick to push them back and clean them up a little. I personally don’t care to cut my cuticles (or have them cut), I always seem to end up with a sore spot. If you soak them, they are pretty soft and can often be rubbed away easily.
Though not exactly the same thing, you can use the same base coat as your top coat as well to save on the expense.
And believe it or not, that is only one coat of polish! “Finger Paints” are priced at about $5.00 per bottle and since it only takes one coat, it will last a long time.
One final tip. See the pretty clean edges? Dip the tip of your cuticle stick in your acetone or remover and use it to rub up the “spill” off you nails.
These steps will work for a basic pedicure as well, but that is one thing I will stalk Groupon for a discount on instead of doing it myself.