We've all been there: You're in the middle of applying your false nails and accidentally getting nail glue on your skin or your newly applied falsies. It's an easy mistake, but how do you safely remove it? Don't worry; we are here to help. Our guide will show you how to get nail glue off the skin with a few simple steps and products.
First, let's find out what nail glue is made of and if it's similar to superglue.
What's Nail Glue Made of?
Nail glue is made of cyanoacrylate, a plastic resin that works similarly to superglue (but professional nail glue, not superglue, and you should never use it on your nails). It's usually found in liquid or gel form and bonds quickly when it comes into contact with natural nail surfaces. Nail glues can last from one day to several weeks, depending on the brand.
What Removes Nail Glue from Skin?
When there's nail glue on the skin, time is of the essence. The quicker you take action, the better chance you get rid of it without any lasting damage. Here's what to do:
First and foremost, try using a gentle oil-based makeup remover. You can apply oil-based remover directly to the skin with a cotton pad or swab, gently massage for around thirty seconds, and then wipe away.
If that doesn't work, try rubbing alcohol or acetone (nail polish remover). Again, apply it to the affected area with a cotton pad and rub it into the glue for about 30 seconds before wiping it off - but be careful not to leave it on too long as this will dry out your skin.
You can also try coconut or olive oil if you're looking for something more natural – massage them onto the affected areas and gently wipe them away. If these tips still don't work, you can try a gentle exfoliating scrub to help remove any remaining nail glue and slog off any dead skin cells.
How to Avoid Getting Nail Glue on Skin in the Future
To prevent getting into this sticky situation in the future, make sure you're using a protective barrier like Vaseline or cuticle oil between your nails and your skin. A protective barrier will create an extra layer of protection so that if any nail glue gets onto your skin, it won't be able to stick as firmly.
Also, when applying press-on nails, try not to stretch out the pads of your fingers too much - this can cause nail glue to seep out of the sides. Make sure you're giving yourself enough time to apply your nails and that you're pressing them firmly in place.
Finally, keep some nail glue remover handy! If nail glue gets on your skin, wipe it off as soon as possible with a cotton pad or swab dipped in alcohol or acetone (or oil-based makeup remover). Nail glue remover should help prevent it from sticking too tightly.
Here are some tips on removing your false nails before you think about a new set.
Step-by-Step Guide to Removing False Nails
Once you've removed any excess nail glue from your skin, it's time to remove your false nails. Here's how:
Step 1: Pour 100 per cent acetone into a ceramic bowl and soak your nails in it for five minutes.
Step 2: With a metal cuticle pusher, gently push the polish off your nails, pushing your cuticles downward.
Step 3: Redip your nails for five mins, then gently push again. Repeat until your acrylics have completely soaked off.
For gel nails, you'll need to use a nail file to remove them - start by filing away at the top coat of the gel polish until it's smooth, then keep filing until the gel is completely removed. If, after you’ve taken your nails off and your skin is itching from the products and nail glue, you might need to see a doctor.
When to See Your Doctor
In most cases, nail glue can be removed without causing any serious damage - but if you notice any redness, itching, pain, or other signs of irritation after attempting to remove it yourself at home, contact your doctor immediately. They'll be able to advise you on how to treat your skin, as well as how to ensure it doesn't happen again in the future.
And if you're ever worried about any of the products you're using, check that they are safe before applying them directly onto your skin.
Which False Nails Can I Use That Doesn’t Require Nail Glue?
There are a few options if you're looking for false nails that don't require nail glue. Some brands of fake nails come with adhesive tabs instead of glue – these sticky, double-sided tabs offer a much more durable hold than traditional nail glue. If you want something more temporary and less permanent, try using fashion tape or press-on nails that come pre-glued.
No matter what kind of false nails you choose to use, make sure to practice safe application techniques. Follow the instructions carefully and always watch for signs of irritation or allergic reaction - if any occur, discontinue use immediately and contact your doctor.
Here are our favourite press-on or pre-stuck nails
The ideal option to give yourself a quick and straightforward manicure is W7 Pre-Glued Nails in style On Strike! These are ideal for any night out or special occasion, thanks to their lovely bright pink and dark purple colour scheme. These artificial nails are quick and simple to apply because they are PRE-GLUED! These are simple to use and have a traditional appearance thanks to their exquisite almond shape and extended length.
The perfect way to keep things simple and low-key is W7 Pre-Glued Nails in style Low Key! These false nails are the ideal way to add a touch of glamour without going overboard. They're made from quality acrylic, meaning they last much longer than most PRE-GLUED options on the market. The neutral pink colour looks great for formal occasions, while the subtle almond shape keeps them natural and effortless.
Elegant Touch Birthday will keep everything adorable. Fit for fake nails! This squoval manicure in three exquisite rose pink tones will quickly transform you from a breakfast babe to a dancefloor diva so you can continue vibing! PRE-GLUED means no mess or fuss.
Check out the entire range, plus some beautiful false nails from Invogue.
So there you have it. We hope our guide has given you some valuable tips and tricks for removing nail glue from your skin without damaging it - or how to avoid getting into this situation in the first place. Remember, when dealing with nail glue, time is of the essence - so make sure you act quickly.