So I've been having a big problem with nail damage since I found myself obsessed with nail polish. I like bold colors, and as a result, I've been changing my polish color often. You know, since bold colors don't necessarily match everything. And there are only so many green things I can wear in a row.
Now, I don't mind the time it takes. I do it in the 20 minutes before hitting the sack for the night. BUT removing nail polish almost daily requires the use of nail polish remover almost daily. And no matter how hard I try, I cannot find a remover that is gentle enough for that. My nails end up thin, and brittle, and damaged no matter what.
So when I found this little tidbit about using School Glue as a basecoat during my nail blog browsing, I decided I MUST try it out.
What you need:
Basically, you just paint on the Elmer's Glue as your base coat, and let it dry. It will make your nails look all weirdly matte. I've found that the thinner the coat you use, the more staying power it has. The thicker, the more likely your polish will be to come off before you actually peel it off. (Please excuse my icky-poo cuticles. I swear they don't look that bad in person.)
Then you just paint your nails as usual. Polish, then top coat. I also find it helpful if I extend the topcoat all the way to the cuticles on all sides if you want to keep your polish on for a little longer. This way you get some extra adhesion to bare nail that will just scrape off when you go picking at it later.
When the day is done, and you're all finished with your polish, just go at it. I use tweezers to find the edge, and after I loosen that, the rest of the polish just peels right off. Honestly you can even use your fingers.
And after that, you're left with clean, undamaged nails! You can see on my middle finger where I got a little sloppy with the polish itself, extending beyond the range of the glue. But little spots like that scrape off easily with just another nail.
Now this method is, of course, not great if you want to keep your nail polish on for more than a day or so. It's not meant for longevity of a mani. But for it's purposes? My conclusion is that it works like a charm. So a very special thanks to ABC-Lolita for the original tutorial, and for saving my nails from further remover related damage!