Let’s break it down.
Step 1: File and buff the surface of your nails with a nail file to remove shine.
Vanessa says, “The more you file off, the faster this process will be. Try and use light upwards movements and not file back and forth as this will create friction which can burn!”
Use your coarse nail file (one that looks like sandpaper) for this step – it will be a lot quicker than using a soft file or buffing block.
Step 2: Soak a cotton ball in acetone or nail polish remover and place it directly on top of your nail.
You can find acetone and acetone-based nail polish removers at the chemist. Acetone is a non-toxic solvent used to break down nail polish and remove it from the nail plate surface. Make sure you’re soaking enough cotton wool in acetone or remover to cover the whole nail surface – this will speed up the process.