How to clean up nail polish on cuticles


Since I was turned into a nail polish addict by my friend and enabler, I’ve been on a quest to do the perfect at-home manicure. Clearly, I’m cheap as the day is long although many will call it “thrifty” but I digress (they essentially mean the same thing.) My DIY manicures had one big problem — messy cuticles. There isn’t much that gives away an at-home manicure faster than messy cuticles. And let’s face it, girls, the paint job on your dominant hand from your non dominant hand always looks a mess, amiright? Today I’m here to tell you how to clean up nail polish on cuticles during your DIY manicure.

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THE AFTER.

This is a shot of my right index finger looking all kinds of messy before I did my “how to clean up nail polish on cuticles” trick.

how to clean up nail polish on cuticles

It’s all over my cuticles and the side of my finger.

How to clean up nail polish on cuticles

To learn how to clean up nail polish on cuticles, you’ll need:

  • 100% acetone nail polish remover. It HAS to be 100% acetone. The regular nail polish remover doesn’t cut through the polish as cleanly as 100% acetone nail polish remover.
  • A small, stiff bristled brush. Try this e.l.f. Cosmetics Eyeliner Brush as a start. It’s what I use — and also, I use a different one for my powder eyeliner because it’s an amazing brush.
  • A paper towel

First, pour out a little bit of 100% acetone nail polish into the lid. A little bit goes a long way. Dip your brush into the 100% acetone nail polish, then dab off the excess. Too much 100% acetone nail polish remover will cause too much running and will ruin your DIY manicure. Rub the brush gently around your cuticles and the sides of your nail. You’ll see it cut right through the nail polish on your cuticle…like butta.

Here’s a video to show you how to clean up nail polish on your cuticles:

Now go forth and save some money on manicures by doing DIY manicures and using the “how to clean up nail polish on cuticles” trick!

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