Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Nail Polish Stain Removal

I nearly had a panic attack yesterday when I discovered that my nails were stained neon pink after removing the gel manicure. I turned to a trick that I first learned about from Another Bottle of Polish?! and have been happily using ever since. This has saved my nails from all sorts of awful stains including yellow, blue and now pink. Hopefully you will find this quick trick as useful as I have...

Supplies:
  • Whitening Toothpaste
  • Nail Brush (or a toothbrush dedicated to nails...)

Steps:

Instructions:
  1. Remove as much polish and stain as you can with nail polish remover
  2. Apply whitening toothpaste to the nails and massage it in with your fingertips (pretty!)
  3. Using a slightly wet nail brush scrub the nails being careful not to damage them
  4. Rinse off the toothpaste. If needed, repeat steps 2 and 3 to further remove staining 
  5. Done! Treat your nails/cuticles to some nice oils to restore the moisture
NOTE: This works best for "fresh" stains right after removing the nail polish. It does not work well for removing set in yellow stains that develop over time from wearing dark polishes.

I hope you find this useful! I would love to know what you think of this or if you have used this method before!

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

27 comments:

  1. Hahaha I should try this. I haven't had staining much before so this is a good tip to remember
    :)

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  2. I will be using this tip for sure :D

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  3. So what you're saying is I should stop buying the whitening paste from Sally's? And buy this cheaper option? lol, thanks for the tip!

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  4. Great tip! I will try it when I get stains on my nails next time when I'll use one of my blue nail polishes... :-)

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  5. Great idea, thanks for sharing. I have to try it too!

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  6. I tried this tonight and it worked FABULOUSLY!! Got dark blue off my nails, cuticles and every other nook and cranny. I highly recommend using with a natural bristle nail brush...but I always recommend a natural bristle nail brush ;)

    Thanks for a great tip!

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  7. I'm so glad that you find this useful! Thank you for your comments. I hope you let me know how it works out for you when you try it!

    @Anonymous, I'm so glad to hear it worked well for you! I'll have to look for a natural bristle nail brush. Have not seen any of those around. :)

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  8. I tried this method out last night. Great results! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  9. HAve you got a trick for removing these yellow strains? I'm using nailpolish quite often and although I always use a base coat my nails are quite yellowish at the moment...

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  10. @Miss Blue, I'm so glad to hear it worked for you! :)

    @Anonymous, Unfortunately I do not have a trick for getting rid of the set in yellow stains. If it is a fresh stain from the polish you just took off (even yellow), this should work. If I ever find one a trick for yellowing nails I will share it for sure!

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  11. Thank you so much for this tutorial Anutka! And your before and after shots are fabulous! I get this question a lot! So my fans are going to love this one!

    ~Ana

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  12. Thank you for sharing and for your wonderful comments :)

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  13. I think you have just saved my life.. I've been looking for a way to whiten my nails for so long! Your before and after pic are amazing! Thanks again!!

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  14. To remove yellowing I heard about soaking your fingertips in lemon juice.

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  15. My aunt used to soak her nails in lemon juice if they were yellow.

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  16. @Cee, you are so welcome! :D

    @Michelle, thank you for the tip! I will have to try that as well :)

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  17. AMAZING! Totally saved my day! I thought I would look like a smurf forever!

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  18. @Traveling Well, I'm so happy to hear that! Blue staining is one of the biggest problems and this is always my go to method to get rid of them :)

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  19. Great post! Also, I use hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball to whiten/brighten my toe nail polish between pedicures. Do it a few times and you will get the yellow off : ) Like you said, follow with cuticle oil to restore moisture.

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  20. Thank you so much for the tip! I've tried hydrogen peroxide before, but didn't see much of a difference. Maybe just didn't try it enough times :)

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  21. Thank you so much for this tip. I was in despair as my nails were a horrible yellow but after 3 tries this has made them white again. You're a star!!!

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  22. @Brenda, Yay! I'm so glad to hear that! <3

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