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How to Remove Silicone Nails

by David Lipscomb, studioD

Silicone artificial nails are super if you want a quick blast of color and personal style without painting and repainting your own nails. When you decide to remove your old set of faux nails to replace them with a new look, you can do it with minimal effort and damage to your existing real nails underneath with a few simple materials and a bit of caution.

Soak your nails in an acetone-based nail polish remover. This loosens the adhesive attaching the fake nail to your real one.

Press down in the center of the fake nail and slide it forward. This eliminates the chance of hurting your real nail underneath.

Use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to rub away any excess adhesive residue from your real nail.

File away any stubborn residue that remains on your real nail. Use caution, since your real nail is already softened from exposure to the acetone and the presence of the fake nail.

Moisturize your hands, nails and cuticles, using a skin moisturizer. Acetone removes most of the moisture in your hands and nail -- something you need to restore for proper skin health.

Items you will need
  •  Acetone-based nail polish remover
  •  Cotton balls
  •  Nail file
  •  Skin moisturizer


  • Use olive or sesame seed oil to rejuvenate your real nails and preserve their health.


  • Never pry or pull on a silicone nail; it's easy to injure your nail or fingertip this way.

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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