Ravishing red nails may make you feel sexier than ever… until you need to take the polish off, that is. Dark nail polish is always on trend but whether it’s red, black, blue or forest green, it’s also notoriously messy to remove. It sticks like glue to your cuticles, and stains your nails and fingers, making you go from ‘come hither vixen’ to ‘Texas chainsaw massacre’ within a matter of minutes.
But just maybe, you’ve just been removing your dark nail polish wrongly for years, and you didn’t even know it! This is the right way to do it.
1. Base coat saves your nails
Go back to basics and get into the habit of applying a clear base coat underneath your nail polish. This helps you achieve a smoother finish your manicure prevents the nail bed and cuticle from becoming stained, and makes polish easier to remove.
2. Soak, don’t rub
Rubbing your nail with polish remover just spreads the diluted polish all over your fingers and can irritate your cuticles. Instead, soak a cotton ball with nail polish remover and press it tightly to your nail for about 30 seconds. Then press and pull the cotton ball down from your cuticle to the tip of your nail. Most of the polish should be removed… another couple of swipes and it’s gone.
3. Use cuticle remover
Not only does cuticle remover tidy up your nail bed, it also dissolves any bits of nail polish stuck in your cuticles. Apply cuticle remover, let it sit on the nail for 30 seconds, then wipe off with cotton wool in a downward motion.
Removing nail polish can dry out your nails, so follow up with a nourishing treatment. We love Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, which hydrates your nails and fingers for softer, more supple cuticles.
Dark shades to die for
You don’t need a dark soul to enjoy a little dark nail polish every now and then. Here are some of our favourite colours:
Essie Nail Lacquer in Wicked - a red so dark it’s almost black.
Essie Nail Lacquer in Sexy Divide - a glimmering midnight purple.
Essie Nail Lacquer in Aruba Blue - the deepest jewel blue.
Essie Nail Lacquer in It's Genius - velvet wine with a hint of shimmer.