How do I remove my gel manicure at home?

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How do I remove my gel manicure at home?

Remember those days when we used to go to work? When I was a Style Editor in London 10 years ago, I was lucky enough to have manicurists come to do my Shellac at my desk in our offices overlooking the Thames next to Tate Modern. And each time they'd leave me with a gel remover kit so my nails were prepped for my next appointment.

So while life as we knew it may never be the same again, one thing I know with absolute certainty is how to remove a gel manicure in the privacy of my own home. 

The kits I used aren't currently shipping to the Middle East because they're classed as hazardous chemicals, however here's how you can improvise with items you already have in your kitchen and bathroom or can order online. 

Here's what you'll need:

3 x cotton wool pads cut into quarters
3 x 5cm deep strip of aluminium foil cut into 4
Nail polish remover
A disposible nail file
A fibreglass nail file
An orange stick
A 4-way buffer
Nail oil
The latest issue of Grazia Middle East that's now free to download here.

You will need cotton wool pads and aluminum foil. Missoni towel optional but encouraged

Here's what to do:

1. Put a hand towel on the surface you're using to protect it
2. Lightly buff the surface of what's left of your gel manicure with a nail file. I like to use a disposable one for this part.
3. Soak 10 cotton pad pieces in nail varnish remover.
4. Place a cotton pad piece on your nail and wrap in aluminium foil. Pro tip: start by using your non-dominant to wrap your dominant hand first. This will make it easier to work on your non-dominant hand while your other hand is in foils. Trust me on this.
5. Wait for 20 minutes and read the digital edition of Grazia you downloaded for free.
6.  Carefully unwrap the first digit of your dominant hand you wrapped to check if your polish has lifted. If it hasn't, add more nail polish remover to your cotton pad piece and rewrap. Use your spare cotton pad and foil pieces if necessary. If not, save them for next time. 
7. Remove all foils and encourage any stubborn patches remaining with an orange stick. 
8. Use one of the cotton pad pieces to remove any residue, and gently buff with the rougher surface of a 4-way nail buffer.
9. Clip and file to the desired shape.
10. As well as applying oil on my cuticles, I like to "paint" oil onto naked nails and buff to a shine with the smoothest side of your 4-way nail buffer.

Needless to say, we'll be the first through the door as soon as the salons open. 

Photo: Instagram @nbaruae and supplied